Larry Christensen, Ph.D., Psy.D.


2520 NW Upshur St.
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 358-0923


Larry Christensen, Ph.D., Psy.D. is a member of the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis as well as founding and past Director, board member and faculty of the Northwest Center for Psychoanalysis. Dr. Christensen trained as a Zen Buddhist monk at the Zen Center of Los Angeles for 10 years and eventually was given Dharma Transmission to teach Zen independently from Charlotte Joko Beck. Dr. Christensen has written, presented many papers, and taught workshops/classes on the integration of Buddhist ideas and mindfulness with psychotherapy/psychoanalysis. Dr. Christensen also had a brief career as a neurobiologist, researching the sexual differentiation of the brain and behavior.


Individual and Couples
Psychoanalytically Oriented Psychotherapy
Integration of Buddhist Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.


Oregon Clinical Psychology License #1556

B.S., Biology, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR.

Ph.D., Zoology/Psychobiology, Michigan State University, East Lansing,MI.

M.S.W., School of Social Work, New York University, NYC, NY 1988.

Certificate in Psychoanalysis, Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis,NYC, NY.(Specialization: 1 year training at the Center for the Study of Incest and Abuse)

Psy.D., School of Professional Psychology, Pacific University, Forest Grove

Founding Director, Board Member & Faculty, Northwest Center for Psychoanalysis – Portland.

Founding and current teacher, Zen Center of Portland.


Buddhism and the New Psychoanalysis, (1994) paper presented at The Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study, annual Forum, Seattle,WA.

The Dance between Buddhism and Psychoanalysis, (1996) paper presented at “Psychoanalysis and Spirituality” (sponsored by the Northwest Center for Psychoanalysis), Mt. Rainier, WA.

“Suffering and the Dialectical Self in Buddhism and Relational Psychoanalysis,” (1999) The American Jour. Psychoanal. 59, 37-57.

Who Do We Think We Are, Anyway? (1999), paper presented at Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study Annual Forum, Seattle, WA.

Integrating Psychotherapy & Spirituality: Practical Applications: (2006) paper presented at Oregon Psychological Association AnnualConference, Portland, OR.

“Is Psychotherapeutic Mindfulness Meditation a Spiritual/Religious Practice?” (2009) Oregon Psychological Association Bulletin.
Classes and Workshops Taught:

Psychoanalytic Paradigms I, II, & III (Freud and Ego Psychology, and Object Relations)

Psychoanalytic Paradigms V, & VI (Interpersonal, Intersubjectivity, & Relational)

Psychoanalytic Technique I, (Therapeutic Alliance, Listening, dreams, transference)

Psychoanalytic Technique IV, (Projective Identification, Transference/countertransference enactments, implicit patterns)

Case Conference
Psychoanalysis and Buddhism
Complexity – General Systems Theory and Psych

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