Erin Axelrod, MA

Erin Axelrod, MA (she/her/hers)

Professional Counselor Associate


Supervisor: Lydia Byhardt Bollinger

I'm here to support and assist your journey as you discover healing and meaning.

Client Status

accepting clients


Portland, 97068

At a Glance


Rate: $75-$150

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2019

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • OHP Open Card

My Ideal Client

You may be feeling overwhelmed, stuck, fearful, ready for something different - to create thriving in your life. My role is to hold a deep sense of compassion for you so that you can connect with your emotions, needs, and directions in a free and accepting environment, and see your self in a new light. I often support others who are helpers or learners, like students or other practitioners navigating anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, and relationship challenges.

How I Can Help You

Sometimes we need someone who can skillfully and empathically mirror back who we are, in order to better understand ourselves and know how to move forward. Other times, we need someone who has been there, to offer guidance and insight. I can help by meeting you where you are, working with you to honor your pain, hope, and desire for change.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I hold a Master of Arts in mental health counseling from Lewis & Clark Graduate School. Before becoming a counselor, I worked in diverse settings as an environmental educator, studied international systems, and navigated my own mental health challenges. I truly believe in your body and mind's innate wisdom and ability to heal. I'm specially trained in modalities that honor this belief and harness pain to create awareness and transformation. These include Mindful Self Compassion, Somatic Attachment Therapy, and Ecotherapy. I'm always happy to integrate these modalities, if and when it feels right to my clients. I currently offer secure and convenient teletherapy, a sliding fee scale for out of pocket clients, and accept OHP Open Card. I welcome you to contact me so we can set up a free consultation and create support for you as soon as possible.

Techniques I Use


  • 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. I will invite your emotional self in a gentle way that always leaves space for your boundaries, process, and where you are at in this moment.

  • Experiential External link

    Tuning into your experience of the present moment is a powerful way to connect with insight and direction. I am trained in experiential therapies that support you in checking in with your present experience in a safe and profound way.

  • Mindfulness-based External link

    One of my greatest joys in practicing therapy is witnessing clients build their "noticing muscles." I will support your connection to awareness and choice in each moment of your experience.

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.

  • Women's Issues External link

    I am passionate about supporting other women as they tune into their needs and voice, navigate life transitions, and approach relationship challenges or past trauma.

  • Loss or Grief External link

    If loss is present for you, I am here to be with you in a meaningful way, knowing that we grieve because we have loved. In addition to educational training, I personally live close to grief. You are not alone.

  • Anxiety External link

    I can help you find relief and comfort in this moment, while also helping you to approach your anxiety with curiosity and understanding to create longstanding change.

Contact Erin

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