Heather Ackles

Heather Ackles

Licensed Professional Counselor


Identify Values. Find Purpose. Empower Growth.

Client Status

not accepting clients



At a Glance


Rate: $150-$180

Provides free initial consultation


  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • Aetna
  • First Choice Health
  • PacificSource
  • Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield
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My Ideal Client

I provide virtual therapy for adults (18+) who: *Are in difficult relationships/dating/divorce *Experience depression and anxiety symptoms *Are dealing with challenging jobs/vocational stress *Want life balance and organization *Have physical injury/sport injury/concussion & brain injury

My Approach to Helping

I aim to assist you explore, rebuild, and define goals connected with values, purpose, and intention. I practice Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for depression, anxiety, relationship difficulty, life change events, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Want to learn more? See if we are a good fit? Give me a call - I offer free initial consultation: 503-498-6879

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I spent my adolescence growing up in the agricultural surroundings of California’s Central Valley. In 1996, I moved to Portland, Oregon to attend Reed College with a focus on History. In memory of my valley roots, I wrote a thesis titled: Who You Callin’ Okie? (Based on love for Steinbeck, Merle Haggard, and Dorothea Lange.) *Fast Forward: During my fabulous tenure as Metropolitan Public Defender Alternative Sentencing Advocate, I decided to be a therapist. And, before graduate school, I was running in NE Portland and was hit by a car (35 MPH.) *Long (resilient) story short: I am a Brain Injury Survivor. This experience shifted my perspective. It allowed me to step back and recognize gratitude and the power of being alive. *Here and Now: I value barre, spin, dance, art, and music. I value therapy as a source of connection. All humans are interesting, complex, and different - similar to my love for music: Vivaldi (Four Seasons), Otis Redding, and HAIM.

Issues I Treat


  • PTSD External link

    I have experience working with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivors. I created/facilitated the THINK B.I.G. Brain Injury Group weekly Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) group for Brain Injury Survivors. I Collaborate with Center for Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT) & provide Brain Injury training. I am a Love Your Brain Foundation Clinical Connector.

  • Compassion Fatigue External link

    I have experience working with professionals who are amidst "compassion fatigue." (Very connected with burn out) I facilitated the weekly Metropolitan Public Defender Engagement Group for lawyers/legal support staff - which specifically addressed compassion fatigue, a variety of difficulties within the work, as well as work/life balance (AKA: the lack of/guilt connected with work/life 'balance').

  • Insomnia External link

    I have many 'tools' in the toolbox to help people experiencing sleep difficulty and recurrent nightmares. I was the Facilitator/Creator of ReScript Nightmare Group - a closed group for those experiencing recurrent traumatic nightmares. I have experience with Exposure, Relaxation, & Rescripting Therapy (ERRT).

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