Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD

Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology, University of Memphis, where he also maintains an active clinical practice. Neimeyer has published 30 books, including Techniques of Grief Therapy:  Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved and Grief and the Expressive Arts, and serves as Editor of the journal Death Studies. The author of nearly 500 articles and book chapters and a frequent workshop presenter, he is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process.  Readers interested in Neimeyer's scholarly publications concerning Meaning Reconstruction are encouraged to consult the Research page of his personal web site,


Carolyn Ng, PsyD, FT

Associate Director

Carolyn Ng, PsyD, FT, maintains a private practice, Anchorage for Loss and Transition (, for training, supervision and therapy in Singapore, while also serving as an Associate Director of the Portland Institute.  Previously she served as Principal Counsellor with the Children’s Cancer Foundation in Singapore, specialising in cancer-related palliative care and bereavement counselling.  She is a master clinical member and approved supervisor with the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC) and a Fellow in Thanatology with the Association of Death Education and Counselling (ADEC), USA, as well as a consultant to a cancer support and bereavement ministry in Sydney, Australia.  She is certified in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Narrative Therapy, and holds an MA in Pastoral Ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary in the USA.

Sharon Strouse, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT, is

a board-certified and licensed clinical professional art therapist and Associate Director for the Portland Institute.  Her art therapy private practice, national presentations, trainings and practitioner supervision/ mentoring focus on traumatic loss, specifically with parents who have lost a child, suicide bereavement, and military loss/ Gold Star Families.  The theoretical foundations of her group and individual art therapy work are grounded in meaning reconstruction, attachment informed grief therapy, continuing bonds with the deceased and restorative retelling. She is author of Artful Grief: A Diary of Healing, ( written twelve years after the suicide of her seventeen-year-old daughter.

She is co-founder of The Kristin Rita Strouse Foundation ( a non-profit dedicated to supporting programs that increase awareness of mental health through education and the arts.

Services provided:  Onsite workshops,  Mentoring

Sharon Strouse


Associate Director

Agnieszka Konopka, PhD

Associate Director

Agnieszka Konopka, PhD, is an Associate Director for the Portland Institute, and maintains a private practice in The Netherlands focusing on expatriates facing major life transition. She is the founder of Composition Work, an art-therapy/ coaching method for working with emotions and identity change, and offers training and supervision for practitioners internationally. She is co-author (with Hubert Hermans) of 'Dialogical Self Theory: Positioning and Counter-positioning in a Globalizing Society’, and editor of the Handbook of Dialogical Self Theory and Psychotherapy, with Hubert Hermans and Miguel Goncalves. Agnieszka is an author of  publications in 6 languages, including: Composing the Self: Toward the Dialogical Reconstruction of Self-Identity, with Robert Neimeyer and Jason Jacobs-Lentz.

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