Gayle Waitches

Gayle Waitches

Professional Counselor Associate

Navigating this human journey is challenging. It is our nature to crave a safe, attuned, and responsive place to share ourselves.

Client Status

accepting clients



4531 SE Belmont Street


Portland, OR 97215

video telesessions

At a Glance


Rate: $90-$120

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2018

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Family
  • Relationship
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Approach to Helping

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 Personal Beliefs and Interests

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.

Techniques I Use


  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) External link

    Internal Family Systems suggests that our inner world is comprised of many varied parts, each with different opinions, beliefs and energies. It also suggests we hold within a calm, wise and loving Core Self. The work of IFS is to heal the wounded parts and restore balance within our system by attending to our often child-like parts which need loving care.

  • Mindfulness-based External link

    We hold within a wise and reliable compass which is uniquely our own. Mindfulness and somatic practices are some of the tools to becoming more trusting of and familiar with our inner truth.

  • Emotionally Focused External link

    Emotion Focused Therapy suggests that our emotional inner life can be our most valuable guide rather than felt as mere states of being. As we allow ourselves to more deeply experience our emotional climate, we can become more intentional, aware and discerning with our life choices.

Issues I Treat


  • Coronavirus/COVID-19 External link

    As vital as air and water, feeling connected and safe are essential states of well-being. How do we tend the collective and individual impacts of Corona? Feelings of fear, anxiety, loneliness, anger and grief are expected yet can be challenging to navigate. Let's gather via tele-sessions to compassionately explore, allow, shift and perhaps realize greater connection and calm in the uncertainty.

  • Self-Esteem External link

    We all have within an inner toolbox-reliable and trustworthy resources of self-love and self-regulation. But maybe during life's travails, we've lost connection and access to, or belief in this wellspring of knowing. And yet, we never lose our veritable tool box- we can just get reacquainted.

  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    The quality of our relationships, particularly our intimate ones, is vital to our sense of life satisfaction. We need to feel connected, seen, loved and chosen. But relationships can also be challenging. Sometimes we rely on strategies that sabotage comforting connection. Creating a safe space to be vulnerable and unpack our protective and sensitive parts can allow for deeper intimacy.

  • Loss or Grief External link

    Our culture often places an expiration date on grief's timeline. But for those of us who have known grief-who have lived the full body experience of loss as a visceral, shattered, flattened, leaded amputation of life as we once knew it- understand that grief will not be censored. Honoring and tending and holding and loving our grieving parts-- this is the spacious journey through.

  • Anxiety External link

    Life is challenging. We are bombarded daily with its impact. It makes sense that we would have an anxious part that feels fear or unease. In fact, this part even has wisdom to share. Often when we get to know this worried part more deeply, our system can relax and trust a bit more.

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