Satya Doyle Byock, MA, LPC

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I am a psychotherapist, writer, and teacher, and founder of Quarter-Life Counseling, a psychotherapy practice focused on people in the first half of adulthood. My work is grounded in Jungian psychology, body-trauma therapy, and socio-political critique. I bring my years studying the various histories of power and oppression into my practice, in order to support people living in these times to live abundant and purposeful lives. I have a book on these topics forthcoming from Spiegel&Grau/Random House.

I am compelled by the stage of life that goes by many names: early adulthood, young adulthood, emerging adulthood, youth. I call this first phase of adulthood Quarter-Life. It's a stage of development that unfortunately lacks valuable guidance, and has captured very little attention with the literature of psychological development. I have published articles on this topic in Psychological Perspectives, on goop.com, and elsewhere.

Prior to opening my practice, I volunteered in a prison in Bogotá, Colombia and in disaster relief in Sri Lanka, and worked with a range of business and non-profit organizations in the States tackling a range of issues.

In addition to my graduate training, I have completed coursework and clinical training in EMDR, an effective and highly researched trauma therapy; relationship therapy with the Gottman Institute; and body oriented trauma therapies with Bessel van der Kolk, MD. I have many years of experience in yoga, and various other trauma/stress treatment modalities.

I also teach courses and host speakers on the application of Jungian Psychology to modern problems through The Salome Institute of Jungian Studies, in Portland, OR.


Words of Others

"Thank you for believing in me and standing by me when no one else would or could.""Thank you for all of your help and your dedication and your patience and guidance with me. . . I am learning to live with everything I have and I'm feeling good and I just wanted to say thank you again.""I don't even know where to begin to thank you for all you've given me in the past two years. To have a caring listener, a consistent source of support not only helped me to keep going but to view myself with more compassion."

"I wanted to tell you (or at least try to tell you) how much you have helped me throughout the last 7-8 months. I don’t know if I would have made it through it all without you! I feel like I have learned so much about myself and my happiness. Finally, I feel happy again! This experience has been so great, and I will never forget this time in my life, it’s going to help me so much with my future. Thank you!"

"I just really wanted to say thank you for all your help. You have made an impact on my life for the better. Thank you for encouraging me in what I need to do for myself in life. Thank you for listening and understanding. Thank you for being there."

"Thank you so much for everything. You have literally been one of the BIGGEST blessings in my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you."

"I want to thank you for everything you’ve done and will continue to do in my life. When I first came to counseling, I really didn’t know what to expect, but now ending it feels like I’m walking away a much stronger individual who has learned a lot. Thank you for everything."

"I read you're interpretation and was immediately shocked with everything I read. It was practically spot on with all you wrote. The time and effort you put into your response and even reaching out means more than you know. It was great to read. A true eye opener which I feel helped me become who I am today."

"Satya is a wonderfully insightful and intuitive dream analyst. Again and again, I was amazed by her ability to see right to the heart of my dreams and make connections that were invisible to me but, once pointed out, rang with unmistakeable truth. In just a short time, she helped me deepen my connection to my dream life, and the impact on my waking life has been noticeable. I appreciated the safe, nurturing space she created for this type of work, and I would work with her again in a heartbeat!"

"Doing dream work with Satya has been a game changer for me. In just a couple of sessions (personal & group), I have gained a big dose of under-the-hood self awareness. Satya is a gem: insightful, empathetic, and whip-smart. Highly recommended!"

"I recently took part in a four-week long Jungian-influenced men’s dream group led by Satya and I was so totally impressed by the depth and quality of insight that she brought to every minute of every session. She’s smart and humane and I would recommend her without reservations to anyone. I look forward to doing her men’s dream group again."