“Ryan Hofrichter, SEP, LPC Intern, works with individuals, couples, and groups in private practice, bringing together relational, experiential, and body-centered therapies to help clients move towards greater empowerment and ease. A grandchild of Holocaust survivors, he has worked on behalf of many groups vulnerable to marginalization and violence for the past twelve years, and has trained in working with trauma through both the Hakomi Institute of Oregon and the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. Ryan considers it a great privilege to continually witness clients’ resilience and abilities to recover from overwhelming experiences.”
I’ve worked on behalf of youth, racial and ethnic minority, immigrant and refugee, indigenous, incarcerated, and low-income groups in educational, community health, and private practice settings for the past twelve years. Many within these groups were particularly vulnerable to sexual violence and hardship in obtaining the protective services they needed. I’ve completed specialized trauma trainings through the Hakomi Institute of Oregon and the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. About 20% of those I currently work with in private practice have experienced sexual molestation, assault, or rape.
My Interest in Working with Survivors
My interest in working with survivors of sexual violence is born out of my own family history. My paternal grandparents lived under the persecution of the Nazi regime for seven years, performing slave labor and living under the constant threat of being shipped to a concentration or death camp. They were among the few Jews who survived these cruelties, but not without psychological symptoms permeating every aspect of their lives and, eventually, the intergenerational fabric of our family. Being raised in close contact with my grandparents’ traumatic memories helped me appreciate the connections between, impact brought about by, and the necessity of responding to diversified forms of violence.
I draw primarily from my training in Hakomi and Somatic Experiencing, modalities that include a deep understanding and methodology for working with core material. Recognizing that the very process of therapy can be experienced as overstimulating, we dedicate significant time to identifying ‘resources’ – anything that promotes greater internal stability and ease. This ensures that in approaching trauma material, you have readily-available support to counterbalance moments of activation.
Two important features of the these modalities are the use of the present-moment and bodily experiences for learning more about the impact of a traumatic event, and for recovering the parts of yourself that may have been overridden in the attempt to cope with the event. We therefore establish an environment that allows for stepwise exploration of felt experiences, gradually helping the nervous system come back into balance.
My Approach to Trauma-Informed Care
An attuned and trusting relationship provides the container within which healing can begin to take place. No therapeutic modality or technique can substitute for this. My first priority is to show up as an attentive and empathic human being, conscious of the strengths and inherent capabilities you have in recovering from the trauma material. At the same time, I’m committed to ongoing training to advance my understanding of trauma competencies, and to sharing these with survivors and their support networks.
How My Practice Holistically Addresses the Impacts of Trauma
My way of working is guided by several principles. The first assumes that we are integrated wholes, composed of parts. In our work, each aspect of your experience is embraced as a reflection of this wholeness and brought into connection and harmony with other parts. This facilitates a kind of unified understanding of whatever trauma has occurred. This ‘Unity’ principle also suggests to me the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in trauma-focused work.
Both Hakomi and Somatic Experiencing assert a basic respect for life and faith in the healing power of the individual. Although trauma may have resulted in leftover energies that have strained and upset your nervous system, you do have an inner, self-corrective intelligence that can be gradually reached and recovered. Also consistent with a holistic orientation, these modalities incorporate the body, and careful study of its interaction with cognitive and emotional dimensions of experience.
My standard fees are $100 for individuals per 60-minute session and $125 for couples per 75-minute session.