Gayle Waitches

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

Navigating this human journey is challenging. It is our nature to crave a safe, attuned, and responsive place to share ourselves and make sense of our lives. Being witnessed and supported by an empathic other is a vital ingredient for our soul's journey.


  • Individual Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family Therapy

My Approach

My study of medicine and counseling continue to awaken my awe and sensitivity to the challenges and wonders of being human. I offer a holistic, inclusive, openhearted approach to therapy which welcomes all of who you are and rests on the belief that you hold unquenchable and trustworthy impulses for health, wholeness and Self-love. Our work together will be a safe and collaborative journey through which you lead the way through your life’s digestion process. A crucible for transformation, deep intimacy with oneself or another requires courage and authenticity. Tuning in and honoring your inherent wisdom allow you to carve a more congruent life which feels “true”, empowering and deeply satisfying. Potential vehicles to guide your therapeutic journey include Mindfulness, Hakomi, Attachment, Emotion Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Polyvagal, Relational Life Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Intimacy from the Inside Out and Multicultural Humility.

My Background

A lifelong learner and practitioner, I am both a physician and a marriage, couple and family therapist intern. I obtained a MA from Portland State University while also immersing in a year-long internship at the M.E.T.A. Institute (Mindfulness Experiential Therapeutic Approaches) where I studied Hakomi and other mindfulness-based approaches. I also hold a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. While I continue to practice radiologic medicine, a yearning for deeper human connection and soulful exploration created a shift in my practice toward the study of mental and emotional well-being. Radiology and counseling share similarities as both require exploration and insight beyond the surface. Therapy offers a loving, safe, consistent and collaborative relational space through which to reacquaint more deeply with oneself. My training in the holistic world of Osteopathy braided with my conviction in the resilient human spirit are foundational for my counseling approach.

Insurance Plans Accepted

  • Out of Network


  • 503-705-8489
  • Website
  • 4531 SE Belmont Street, #104
    Portland, OR 97215
  • Second Office Address:
  • video telesessions

At a Glance

  • Experience: 2 Year(s) of Practice
  • Neighborhood: Belmont
  • Rate: $90-120/session
  • Free Initial Consultation

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