Humanistic 

Humanistic therapy is a therapeutic approach that focuses on encouraging a client’s self-awareness and mindfulness. Humanistic therapy is founded on the beliefs that people are inherently good and are more than the sum of their parts. Sessions generally have an optimistic tone and are non-judgmental. Humanistic therapists will urge clients to look inward and move towards personal growth and self-actualization.

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Jennifer Rocks, MA, MS, PsyD (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

Each of us wants to be approached with respect and positive regard. Acknowledging this allows us to connect with each other from a place of compassion and kindness. This fosters a nonjudgmental therapeutic environment that lets clients feel supported in sharing difficult thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

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Sprout Therapy PDX

Licensed Professional Counselor

We believe the relationship between clinician and client is the groundwork that leads to effective therapy. Creating a solid connection and mutual respect allows deep work to occur in the therapy room.

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Irma E. Llanes

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

I approach you, my client from a strength- based perspective. True to the basis of Client Centered Therapy/Rogerian Therapy, I see people with a desire to fulfill their potential and become the best they can be. I strive to create a therapeutic environment that is conformable, nonjudgemental and empathetic.

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Caroline McGrath LPC, NCC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

TRE® Certified Provider, Certified Yoga Calm® Youth Instructor, Holistic Health Practitioner

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Ray Nelson (He/Him)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

NCC

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Peter Addy (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

PhD, LPC, LMHC

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Eric Loya (he/him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I devote my focus in therapy to embody the values of humanism. The therapeutic modalities I practice in order to maintain a humanistic approach include Strengths-based perspective, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy.

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Carl Jensen

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, LPC

My approach is genuine, warm, and respectful. My earliest training was Rogerian, and I have many years of practice with this modality and active listening.

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Melissa Hartley (she/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MS, NCC, LPC intern

This shows up in the way I actively see you. You can expect me to be committed to giving you unconditional positive regard, meaning I will see you as inherently good, and accept you without any action or behavior needed on your part.

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Todd Mercural (He/His)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MPA, NCC

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Marcy Irene Jenks (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MS, RN, NCC, LPC-Intern

We are all humans first. I believe we are also innately good, even when our actions, thoughts or other people would convince us otherwise. The tenants of a Humanistic approach include self-actualization, creativity, intrinsic nature, becoming, and meaning. Your experiences and interpretations of these experience are central to understanding your place in the world. From a humanistic lens, we can explore these experiences and discover your unique self.

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Jenny Larson (she/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MA, LPC-Intern

I believe that everyone has the right to be who they are in the world, as they grow and learn. I practice an unconditional positive regard for my clients, even as they struggle with the challenges of being human. This lens frames my whole practice and no matter what type of intervention or modality I'm using, a humanistic approach drives my work with clients.

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Simone Gotter-Nagle (she/her)

Clinical Social Work Associate

MSW CSWA

I value the humanistic psychology approach because I believe it is essential to look at the individual as a whole and focus on self-efficacy and actualization. The problems people experience are a natural response to how difficult it is to live in our world and we can work together towards personal growth. Humanism encourages me to look for new ways to grow, connect, become healthier and happier.

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Helene Goode LPC, CADC I (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, CADC I

I believe that we are whole beings comprised of body, mind and spirit. I believe we each have a very deep drive for expressing our unique selves and striving for our own potential. We all have a wise voice within, my job is to meet you where you are and to support you in following your true self.

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Lisa Headings (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MA, NCC, LPC intern

I practice client-centered therapy. I encourage you to take an active role in your therapeutic process. My job as a therapist is to support you on your journey and help you draw out the answers that lie within you.

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Art Chaklader (He/Him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, NCC

I have been lucky to study under a number of professors who adhere to the humanistic approach. For me, this is rooted in the idea that humans are ultimately good, and constantly attempting to move toward self-actualization. Under this template, the therapeutic relationship that we create in session is ultimately the tool that will provide the space for you to reach your goals.

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Emily Thomas (She/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

NCC

We are all holistic humans, it is important to me to keep this in mind in therapy and take in the uniqueness of all my clients. To me, being a humanistic therapist is a chance to be just as human as those I help and to use that humanity to build self compassion, awarenss and hope in my clients.

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Simon Yugler (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MA

All life is relationship. I've learned this fact in both my graduate psychotherapy training, and through spending time with indigenous cultures around the world. This means that each person requires their own unique therapy. I won’t try to slot you into a theory or category, or try and “fix” you. Instead, I work through building our relationship, and learning about who you really are.

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Gemma Baumer (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MA

Humanistic Therapy is person-centered, meaning you are the expert on your experience. It holds the inherent growth potential in each of us, and is influenced by positive psychology, looking not at pathology and what's "wrong" with us, but instead our inherent need for meaning, expansion, and connection. Humanistic therapy emphasizes a strong and connected therapeutic alliance that feels genuine and flexible. Rather than a treatment, humanistic therapy is about a journey.

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Steve Harper (He)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

LPC-I, MCOUN, MED

Changing habits begin with healing the core 'self'. Self-esteem recovery is at the heart of an integral approach. A whole-self and soul integration philosophy is supported with practical tools for change, as well as holistically attuned to your individual needs.

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Ray Nelson (He/Him)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

NCC

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Kristine Zappa (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MA, LPC Intern, R-DMT

The foundation of my counselor training is in humanistic and relational therapy.

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Jessica Feinsmith, MA, LPC intern, NCC (She/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

LPC intern

If it's a relationship issue, depression or anxiety, grief, or another of life’s many challenges, we all face times in our life where we feel overwhelmed and underneath the heaviness of life. Empathetic guidance and support can help us achieve our goals. I work with clients in an authentic and transparent manner, always applying my natural gifts of intuition, compassion and empathy.

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Sarah Dykes

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

We all have basic needs for compassion and connection in our lives. We deserve to be treated with respect in our human experience.

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Abbie Nederhoed (she/they)

Clinical Social Work Associate

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Katrina Thatcher (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

LPC Intern

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Elizabeth Price (she/her)

Professional Counselor

M.A. Clinical psychology

Humanists are rooted in being compassionate, non-judgmental and unconditionally caring. They are rooted in being this way as people and especially so inside the sacred role of counselor/coach. Humanists can be seen as secular ministers. But unlike the shame that many find inside religion, Humanists stand for you trusting in yourself and your heart's highest calling for truth, love and freedom.

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Megan McDavid, LCSW, MEd

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Using a warm, positive approach, I help clients develop a stronger sense of themselves and harness the strengths already inside of us.

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Laura Martin (she / her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

'The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.' ~ Humanistic Therapy pioneer, Carl Rogers I share this belief that creating the conditions of healing allow this natural process to take place. Counseling can provide these conditions to allow the emotional healing system to function.

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Amy Galaviz (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

LPC Intern (OR), MHCA (WA)

'Whatever your story, you no longer need to be alone with it. This is what will allow your healing to begin.'~ Carl Rogers. Rogers believed that the therapeutic relationship was at the forefront of the healing process. As a Person-Centered therapist, I am here to support you, so that you can feel comfortable and safe while I walk alongside you on this journey to growth and healing.

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jane Newman

Licensed Professional Counselor

The focus of my training is General Counseling with expertise in grief and loss; this work involves humanistic counseling theory - supportive, person-centered and non-judgmental. My role is to companion the bereaved, which involves a holistic and genuine presence. While other theories come into play during sessions (narrative, experiential,family systems, CBT,) my strongest focus is Humanistic.

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Jennie Hagen (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LMHC, LPC

Humanistic, or 'person-centered,' therapy focuses on helping you recognize your worth and value as a person. Using this type of therapy, I emphasize that you're the expert on your own experience, and that I'm here as a tool to help you identify what will work best for you. It encourages acceptance of yourself, just as you are, while also bringing about freedom to enact change.

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Jennifer Gray (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MS, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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Courtney Watson (She/Her)

Professional Counselor

MA, CCH

Humanistic theories are about accessing your internal resources and embodying your true nature. I do not 'give' you anything in therapy, I simply assist in your access to what is already there. I strive to provide empathy, non-judgment, and authenticity to every client. I integrate techniques and methods from many sources, though I view my clients and the world through humanism.

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Emily Fagan (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

The foundation of my counseling practice is humanistic. I see clients as the experts in their own experience, and I take a truly non-judgmental, collaborative approach to helping clients unleash their innate potential for healing.

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Aaron Good (he/him/his)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, CRC, LPC

I couple humanistic counseling with Reality Therapy, using our desire for connection and meaning in our lives to drive client-centered behavior change.

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Michael Viola, MA (He/Him)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MA, LPC Intern

Intuition and a spiritual connection are what have informed my own healing. My deep connection permits others to find their own connection and to explore and strengthen it. This process will encourage the full flowering of our gifts as we share them. This truth is what we carry as potential in our hearts, what is meant to be shared in order to leave our unique mark in the world.

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Kerry Cohen, PsyD, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

As a humanistic therapist, my work is to accompany the client on his/her journey through his/her process of self-awareness and growth with compassion and support

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Richard Halpern, M.A.

Professional Counselor

A Client Centered approach developed by Carl Rogers was the philosophical core of my Masters and I still bring it into my practice today. It emphasizes a nondirective, nonjudgemental, empathetic approach that empowers and motivates the client in the therapeutic process. This counseling is based on Rogers’ belief that everyone strives for and has the capacity to fulfill his or her own potential.

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Marley Dagner (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MA

'...it is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried.'- Carl Rogers. I believe you are the expert on you. I work to create the opportunity for you to be known, seen, and heard nonjudgmentally through the therapeutic relationship. I am here to walk with you.

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Ronald L Johnson

Licensed Professional Counselor

At University of California, Santa Cruz, I took the Humanistic Psychology track, and so was exposed to the beautiful learnings and teachings of Carl Jung, Carl Rogers, and Abraham Maslow, along with the genius of the wisdom traditions of Native Americans, Mexican shamanism, Buddhism, Sufism, and the physical practice and inspiring philosophy of Yoga.

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Rochelle Schwartz

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

I am a very open, genuine, and honest person, professionally and personally. I believe that you are the expert on yourself, and that we all need a little clarity at times. I will help you put together the pieces of the puzzle that is you, to lead to a strong sense of self, of confidence, and of trust within yourself.

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Zachary Newman, LPC, LMFT

Licensed Professional Counselor

M.A., LPC, LMFT

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Lindsay Anderson

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

M.A., NCC, LPC-intern, MHCA

We are all connected through our shared experience of being human. Getting to know ourselves is one of the most empowering and healing things we can do. I fully believe that being seen, heard, and witnessed nonjudgmentally by another human is one of the most healing experiences we can have.

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Colin Wolf (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

My approach is deeply humanistic, with a focus on increasing access to your intuition and heart through a collaborative, curious and compassionate therapeutic relationship.

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Ryan Grassmann, M.A., LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

In conjunction with the numerous forms to cognitive-behavioral therapies I use in session, I also take much pleasure in introducing clients to the benefits of doing our work as two humans. I'm a person; you're a person. This cannot be avoided, nor should it. My job is to hold the space for your experience, your thoughts and emotions. I take this role seriously but I never abandon the fact that we are two people sharing time and space with each other. This is the human condition.

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Colleen Burke-Sivers, LPC (She/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

Humanistic therapy is based on Carl Rogers' theory of 'unconditional positive regard'. In other words, everyone is doing the best they can with what they have at the moment, and is accepted just as they are. Humanistic practitioners start from where the client is, and does not try to apply a 'one size fits all' approach, as each client will need a unique combination of approaches and techniques.

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Krystal Marcinkiewicz

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

I prefer to look at the whole person, not just from a therapist perspective but also by highlighting the client's perspective of self. My emphasis here is to focus on each client's positive behaviors and traits, and to provide guidance to enhance the ability to use your own personal instincts to find growth, fulfillment, healing, and wisdom within yourself.

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Kimberly Woodworth (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MS, LPC-Intern, NCC

My work is built on the foundation of person-centered care where the work is compassionate, authentic, non-judgmental and collaborative.

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Molly Bowman, MS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

At the core of my approach is a belief that every person has an incredible natural pull toward healing, but society, family, trauma, and life experience can block that awareness. You deserve to have a safe space to show up completely authentically, with support for your genuine self and all your lived experience, exactly as you are, without any judgment at all.

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Caroline Kinsley (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

LPC intern, R-DMT

I believe we are all motivated towards growth and wellbeing. There are often road blocks in the way that we encounter that prevent us from getting there. As a humanistic focused counselor I believe in focusing on what is there instead of what is missing. With that supporting you on your path in collaboration with your goals, beliefs, and values. I was trained from a humanistic approach and continue to learn and grow from this perspective as well.

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Diane Ornelas (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

PsyD, LPC

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Robin Friedman, LCSW (She/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

L5164

I come from a humsnistic and person centered perspective. Celebrating each persons capacity to heal and I honor each person with unconditional positive regard. Non-pathologizing feminist Multi-cultural, social justice approach.

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Nicole Phelps (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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Sarah Nelson (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

Counseling Psychologist

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Bree Koenig (she/her/hers)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

MS Clinical Psychology, San Francisco State University

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Michael Nagel

Professional Counselor

The humanistic model orientation views life as a spectrum of possible personal development whereby you realize your unique human potential. The problems which the average person faces are not pathologized. In contrast, the medical model views clients as either ill or healthy with no consideration of their unique human potential.

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JESSICA VAN DER MERWE (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

LMHCA, LPC Intern

The therapist defers to the client as the expert of their experience, using a nonjudgmental stance when listening and attuning to a client’s narrative. This is paired with a processes guiding approach, which involves the gentle confrontation of incongruencies to explore paths to growth and change.

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Erin Carney Moline

Licensed Professional Counselor

You are the most important person in the therapy room. This is your life, your therapy, and within you is a spark of light and intelligence that will grow if given the chance. For me, the greatest gift of being a therapist is watching that spark come to life.

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Brandon Bressi, MA (He/Him)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

I invite you to come as you are, wherever you may be along your deeply HUMAN journey. We all have unique stories, experiences, and complexities that influence the lenses in which we view ourselves and the world around us. Using a humanistic approach to therapy will allow us to uncover your most authentic self by finding ways to courageously embody your truest essence in all aspects of your life.

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Jane Mayer

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Approaching my clients as whole, meaning-filled human beings allows me to help them discover themselves, beyond their current self-concept. By engaging in present-moment relationship and through encouraging my clients to discover their ability to function in new and creative ways, my clients can discover more choice, self-esteem, and integrity in how they interact with themselves and others.

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