Alyssa Gursky

Alyssa Gursky (they/them & she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor


I'm passionate about creativity, psychedelic healing & supporting clients to find healthy relationships, starting with their own bodies.

Client Status

accepting clients


503 308 8354

1035 SE 9th Street

Portland, 97214

At a Glance


Rate: $135-$150

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2020

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Group

Insurances Accepted

My Ideal Client

My clients may identify as sensitive, managing depression, anger, anxiety, or loneliness. They may feel disconnected from their creative power or want to embody their creative self more. Or, they may desire re-connecting to their creative power. They crave a space to look within and befriend their inner world. They want their relationship with sex and/or drugs to be taken seriously. They want new tools outside of traditional talk therapy.

My Background and Approach

My academic training provides me with an abundance of tools for teaching emotional and nervous system regulation, mindfulness practices, and creative processes for healing and insight. No artistic experience is necessary to participate in art therapy. My extracurricular training in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy has cultivated passion and expertise around the preparation and integration of non-ordinary state experiences. I also offer Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy in my practice. My approach is collaborative and non-directive. Curiosity is critical in the healing relationship.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

As a queer woman, I'm passionate about working with individuals who are on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. With six years of working in the field of psychedelic therapy and psychedelic research, I am devoted to helping my clients explore their relationship with all substances in a judgment-free zone. This is known as Harm Reduction Therapy. Creativity manifests in many ways and is a powerful force of healing. l I feel a deep resonance in working with artists. When creativity can come into the therapy space, it can offer a profound mirror to witness oneself and their inner multitudes. However, this is not a requirement. In art therapy, we do not look at art for it's aesthetic value. I'm kink informed, BDSM friendly, and am educated on non-traditional relationship structures.

Techniques I Use


  • Art Therapy External link

    Benefits of art therapy may include the development of non-verbal forms of self-expression, trauma resolution, increased self-esteem, and nervous system regulation/stress management. Art materials can be used in the session, or, prompts can be given to complete outside of the therapy space. I hold the belief that art is like a dream, or a snapshot of some facet of the psyche, latent with imagery, waiting to be de-coded and integrated into one’s daily life.

  • Transpersonal External link

    Transpersonal psychology is a therapeutic discipline that focuses on the importance of experiences that are considered to be outside of one's habitual waking consciousness. This may include topics such as spirituality, ritual, mindfulness, and non-ordinary states of consciousness. I enjoy discussing and supporting clients in finding relationships with each of these topics, through personal history and clinical training.

  • Relational  External link

    A relational therapeutic approach entails looking at how past relational experiences play out in our current relationships. The therapeutic relationship itself becomes an opportunity for healing and insight. Through mindfulness and radical self-reflection, These patterns can be identified. The therapy space becomes a space to take risks and try new ways of relating. Certain traits such as embodied empathy and curious listening can be reparative experiences for clients.

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