Erin Harrell

Erin Harrell (she/ her)

Licensed Professional Counselor


I offer a non-judgmental, non-pathologizing environment full of curiosity and discovery.

Client Status

accepting clients


503 922 6330

2705 E Burnside St


Portland, 97214

At a Glance


Rate: $140

Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2017

Languages: English


  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Aetna
  • Optum

My Ideal Client

You may struggle to know yourself, to like yourself, to feel good in relationships or to have a secure sense of purpose and meaning. You know there is more to who you are than your symptoms or struggles. You are ready to make changes toward developing greater flexibility, connection, and compassion for self and others.

My Background and Approach

I work from a contemplative approach rooted in Buddhist psychology. This view holds that our fundamental nature is open, wise and kind and that in each of us there is basic healthiness that is always accessible. As we experience difficulties, we lose touch with this innate health becoming depressed, anxious and angry. You can learn to recognize and cultivate your basic human sanity. I hold a master’s degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology from Naropa University. My earlier education and experience includes a bachelor’s degree in religious ethics and a master’s degree in arts administration. My background includes work in social justice and arts organizations with a focus on using creativity to confront economic and racial oppression. With many years of experience in elder care, I also specialize in concerns related to long-term care giving, changes of aging, spiritual inquiry and end-of-life preparation.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

We are more than isolated individuals. There is interplay between our personal responsibility to our health and the systems within which we live. Communities that I care for and directly relate to include: LGBTQIA, spiritual seekers, activists, artists, people with unconventional relationships and careers. I hold countless poets, artists, and scholars as my teachers. Mary Oliver, Alison Bechdel, Stephen Jenkinson, Audre Lorde, David Whyte, Ursula Le Guin, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Alice Walker are examples. Studies show that the biggest predictor for success in therapy is the fit between therapist and client, so I invite you to a free 20 min consultation. Being a therapist is an amazing opportunity to put all of my life experience, emotional insight, intelligence and creativity in service of another person. I’d value a chance to talk with you about what you want more or less of in your life.

Issues I Treat


  • Depression External link

    I know what it’s like to live with the shadow of depression dogging my steps. With support and practice you can find joy and relief. Existential Humanism encourages a deep inquiry into meaning and self-awareness that develops your connection to vitality.

  • Aging Concerns External link

    The majority of my counseling experience has been with people over 60. Just like other stages in life, becoming older comes with a set of concerns and difficulties that are distinct. If you want to explore your legacy, review your life and come to terms with where you are now, I can help.

  • Spirituality External link

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