Dr. Dawnn McWatters, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist (OR)
Hello! I’m Dawnn McWatters, Psy.D., a licensed psychologist, writer, and educator. For the past twenty years, I’ve dedicated my career to improving mind/body health for adults and their families. Effective June 5th, 2019, I’ve retired as an individual psychotherapist. However, I’m returning to practice temporarily to offer telehealth (online sessions via Zoom) during the current COVID-19 crisis. Currently, these supportive psychotherapy services are available only to former clients in need.
EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE EXPERIENCE:
- From 2007 – 2019, I’ve maintained a small private practice as a mindfulness-based psychotherapist serving the needs of the Portland-metro community. In previous years, I worked in university and college counseling centers, correctional institutions, a community outpatient mental health clinic, and an inpatient psychiatric forensic unit.
- I’ve led numerous presentations (most frequently, on stress management, general mindfulness, and mindful eating) at local colleges, yoga studios, the YMCA, New Seasons, Wild Oats, and Whole Foods.
- I’ve served as an adjunct Professor and Instructor at several local colleges, including Oregon State University, a local art school, and Pacific University
- Prior to graduate school, I engaged in program development, counseling, and education in the Oregon correctional system.
Dating back to 2002, I’ve conducted an in-depth personal and professional inquiry into mindfulness-based programs. Trainings include:
- Mindful Self-Compassion with Dr. Christopher Germer and Dr. Kristin Neff through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), as well as an eight month-long international MSC Community for Deepening Practice in 2018.
- Intensive MBSR teacher training with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and other UMASS Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness senior staff
- Participation in a number of silent mindfulness meditation retreats
- A weekend-long Mindful Eating retreat with Dr. Jan Chozen Bays
- Mindful eating-related workshops led by speakers such as Dr. Jean Kristeller (developer of the MB-EAT program)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Neuroscience and attachment theory with Dr. Daniel Siegel, MD
In the past, I have served in leadership positions with the Oregon Psychological Association (OPA), The Center for Mindful Eating, Columbia River Eating Disorder Network (CREDN), Washington State Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Association (APA).
When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family (human and animal) and engage in a ever-widening variety of interests, which include gardening, raising chickens, cooking, food justice, storytelling, and creative writing. I’m currently an OSU Extension Master Gardener, with a special interest in children’s and edible gardens. I’m also the founder/director of The SAVOR Project, a mindfulness-based educational organization focused upon therapeutic horticulture and food literacy.