Annette U. Selmer, LPC
I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
I consider it a great honor to work at Brookside Center at Kaiser Permanente. This is my first job working in residential treatment. Prior to this, I worked in hospitals and agencies in the Portland, Oregon, metro area. For many years I specialized in and ran programs for adults who experienced sexual abuse. I have been the therapist as a first responder with the sexual assault response team for Multnomah County. I have provided lectures, workshops, and instruction both nationally and internationally on providing treatment to survivors of sexual assault. In working with sexual assault, I have also been working with domestic violence, addictions, and other obstacles that arise from sexual traumas.
About my practice
In working at Brookside, I am able to utilize all the skills and things I have learned leading up to this point. While I have always practiced within a "sanctuary" model, here at Brookside it is overt and a common philosophy of the program. I see people who come to Brookside feel the effects of being respected, protected, and having a voice in their treatment. I also like that I am able to provide treatment at the pace of the patient rather than having it limited to a particular time slot. I find the Kaiser Permanente environment perfect for this since, as an employee, I am treated with similar respect, making it extremely conducive to passing this on to patients.
How I thrive
Over the years I have found multiple ways to thrive. I thrive by having loving family and friends. I thrive being with my grandchildren. I thrive by not taking my work home with me. I thrive by having enough years of experience that I can hope I/we are doing all we can. I thrive by managing my anxiety using the many skills I teach. I thrive by hiking and skiing and camping and rafting and smelling the mountain air. I thrive by stating five gratitudes daily.