Erin Axelrod, MA

Erin Axelrod, MA

Professional Counselor Associate

I love supporting people who support their communities; I'm here to hold space for all that you carry and re-direct care towards you. Healers, changemakers, folx working with or caring for children: let's create sustenance, healing, or shifts for you and your relationships.

Client Status

accepting clients


Portland, OR 97068

At a Glance


Rate: $60-$120

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2019

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Relationship

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket

My view of suffering is perhaps a little different. I believe experiencing pain brings power to discover understanding, create meaning, and sense the need for change. None of this makes pain any easier, only more important to hold with care. I approach our time together with deep curiosity and compassion to honor your experience and co-create healing in the present moment. My therapy orientation is deeply informed by my experience and training in Mindfulness-based Self Compassion. I believe learning to relate to all parts of ourselves with understanding is a process that brings deep personal healing, while building our capacity to continue to show up in our worlds.

I hold a Master of Arts in Professional Mental Health Counseling from Lewis & Clark Graduate School, where I specialized in challenges facing children and adolescents. Before becoming a counselor, I worked in diverse settings with youth and communities as an environmental educator, studied international systems, and experienced mental health struggles in very personal ways. My unique background means I am able to approach your specific suffering with attentive care, while holding an awareness of our broader contexts to support you as a whole being. I have served individuals and couples experiencing anxiety, panic, depression, emotional exhaustion, life transitions, trauma, and challenges related to boundaries, sexuality, communication, family relationships, and systemic forces. I currently offer secure telehealth counseling, a sliding fee scale, and flexible scheduling to fit your needs. I welcome you to contact me so we can set up a free consultation and explore possibilities.

Techniques I Use


  • EcoTherapy External link

    My approach to ecotherapy means holding space for your relationship with dimensions beyond what is conventionally offered in therapeutic settings, such as nature, cosmic forces, or spiritual beliefs. I have trained in ecopsychology and listen with these systems in mind in order to serve you as a full and whole being.

  • Experiential External link

    Tuning into your experience of the present moment is a powerful way to connect with emotion, insight, and direction. I am experienced with experiential techniques, such as expressive arts therapies and trauma-informed somatic exercises, which we may explore as we build trust and safety and learn how to best support you.

  • Emotionally Focused External link

    Honoring emotion is a continuous thread throughout our work together. As recent research demonstrates: we are not thinking beings who sometimes feel, but rather feeling beings who sometimes think. We will explore how to safely notice, express, and move emotions in service of individual and collective healing.

Issues I Treat


  • Compassion Fatigue External link

    Compassion fatigue seems to threaten our idea of ourselves as givers, yet its very existence demonstrates just how much we are giving on a daily basis. I can support you in authentically engaging with yourself in a deeply compassionate way, to care for yourself and, by extension, everything you hold dear.

  • Cultural and Systemic Oppression External link

    I view suffering through a systems lens and am passionate about offering a safe space to support unveiling and shifting dynamics of oppression. I will honor your perspective and work with you to create empowerment and change where you desire.

  • Loss or Grief External link

    If loss is present for you, I am here to be with you in a meaningful way, embodying the knowing that we grieve because we have loved. In addition to educational training, I personally live close to grief. I am attuned to overt and covert losses, including anticipatory loss and broader experiences of grief, such as those stemming from collective trauma and current crises.

  • Anxiety External link

    Anxiety is one of the most uncomfortable experiences: the more we fight against it, the tougher it becomes. I can help you find relief and comfort, while also helping you to approach your anxiety with curiosity and understanding, thus supporting longstanding change.

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