Portland Staff

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Deborah Merkle

Deborah completed the four-year certification training in the Rubenfeld Synergy Method® with Ilana Rubenfeld and faculty in 2002. She also trained with the Portland Gestalt Training Institute for seven years, and spent over 15 years training in the method of Biodynamic Cranial Therapy.


Deborah has taught workshops in Introductory Biodynamic Cranial Therapy and Biodynamic Touch since 2018, and has mentored professionals one-on-one in Body/Mind Therapy. She has presented, nationally and internationally, to members of Interface (International Association of Cranial Teachers), INARS (International Association of Rubenfeld Synergists), and to the Northwest Cranial Association.


Her work as a Body/Mind Therapist is her passion. More information about Deborah and her work is available at http://www.rsmportland.com


Georgena Eggleston, M.A. 

Georgena is a trauma specialist and certified Body-Mind therapist for those touched by sudden loss, suicide and deep grief. With a 20+ year private practice specializing in grief and anxiety, clients access the body’s guidance to navigate the ocean of emotion and discover their Integrated Wellbeing. She has lived through and moved beyond the grief of the intentional suicide of her brother, Mark and the impulsive suicide of her teen-aged son, Reed. She stayed stuck in Fragile Grief for almost seven years.

With a strong communication skillset as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Georgena’s grief healing began when she enrolled in the Rubenfeld Synergy Method ® training. She later became certified as a Rubenfeld Synergist (CRS) in 2002. In 2015 Georgena became a licensed Religious Science Practitioner (RScP).

Georgena is the author of A New Mourning: Discovering the Gifts in Grief, the memoir of her journey through grief. No stranger to the stage, Georgena teaches classes, speaks at conferences and is a frequent TV talk show guest. She has created Reasons to Live circles for those who’ve survived suicide attempts. Contact her at: IntegratedWellbeing.com

Patricia Keeler

Patricia Keeler is a compassionate guide for deeply sensitive children and adults. She lives the life of a mystic following a highly guided path, yet also has practical and extensive experience in somatic healing and education.


Patricia became certified in the Rubenfeld Synergy Method in 2012 and in Process Work Oriented coaching in 2017. Patricia draws from her background in elementary education, and also incorporates spiritual coaching, non-violent communication, the enneagram, and Human Design into her somatic based sessions offered in Portland, Oregon. 


As a longtime student and teacher of A Course in Miracles, Patricia embodies a deep understanding of the Course and is deeply committed to help others wake up to the truth of who they really are. Her uniquely warm presence, deeply grounded perspective, and refreshing interpretation of problems allows her to guide others in recognizing the gift of their sensitivity as the absolute strength it is.


Learn more about Patricia by visiting her website: www.empoweredsensitivity.com