Jens Uhder, PsyD
Dr. Uhder studied psychology at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt (Germany), Eastern Washington University, and at George Fox University where he completed his doctoral degree in clinical psychology. His graduate research involved various projects examining the effects of gratitude on wellbeing. He received clinical training in a variety of settings, including an inpatient psychiatric unit, a large primary care medical clinic, the children’s and adolescent services department of a community mental health agency, and university counseling centers. Dr. Uhder completed his doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Idaho Counseling and Testing Center.
Dr. Uhder works with a broad spectrum of age groups and presenting concerns, including depression and anxiety, difficult phase-of-life adjustments, grief, trauma recovery, work-life balance problems, cultural adjustment challenges, difficulties forming safe and healthy relationships due to past or present family conflicts or trauma, partner relationship problems, and spiritual or existential concerns. Dr. Uhder is also passionate about working with individuals or families trying to manage stress related to foster care, adoption, and the care for children with special needs.
In his work as a therapist Dr. Uhder is rooted in relational psychodynamic therapy, which means that he sees the ongoing process of cultivating a safe, open, and collaborative working alliance with the client as a primary means to promote healing and personal growth. Within this relational space, the actual work of therapy can take different forms. Depending on the client’s age, particular needs, and goals it may at times be educational and solution-focused, at other times more explorational and insight-oriented. In some cases the therapeutic dialogue will focus primarily (or even exclusively) on coping with present life stressors. In other cases substantial time will be spent coming to terms with painful relationships and life experiences. To help facilitate his clients’ steps toward growth, Dr. Uhder draws from a variety of therapeutic modalities, such as emotion-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral or dialectical behavior therapy interventions, family therapy, and other approaches. Where this is relevant to his clients, he will also seek to sensitively and appropriately integrate their religious/spiritual beliefs into therapy.
In addition to therapy, Dr. Uhder provides comprehensive psychological assessments for children and adults, focusing on a range of referral questions pertaining to the diagnostic clarification of various psychiatric and personality problems, including but not limited to attention problems, learning difficulties, and autism spectrum disorders. He also provides therapeutic follow-up to help with behavioral management /self-management for clients diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and is available to coordinate care with medical providers or schools.