James Reling

James Reling

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

Supervisor: Stephen Keeley

Hello, my practice is currently full. Feel free to reach out if you are interested in being put on my waiting list.

Client Status

waitlist

Contact

9712046428

PO Box 68887

Portland, 97233

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $90

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2020

Languages: English

Faith: Agnosticism, Atheism, Buddhism, Wicca/Paganism

Services

  • Individual
  • Relationship

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Ideal Client

I specialize in helping people adjust to visible and invisible disabilities such as chronic illness/pain or physical injuries. I also enjoy working with artists, musicians, and other creative types, as well as anyone looking to integrate mind and body and incorporate mindfulness into their life.

My Approach to Helping

Everyone feels “stuck” from time to time. It’s just part of life. But it’s sometimes incredibly difficult to move ourselves through periods of pain, confusion or stagnancy. That’s when having the support and guidance of a therapist can make a huge difference. I seek to understand who you are and what has led you to the place you are now, and then help you explore where you’d like to go next and how to get there. I encourage my clients to foster curiosity about themselves and their inner experience as I guide them with a mindfulness-based, body-centered approach.  What is mindfulness? It’s a practice of noticing what’s happening inside yourself in the present moment. Our bodies hold on to emotional pain from the past in ways that can be difficult to explain or even notice. We might feel numb, or feel an overload of sensation (such as chronic pain). Mindfulness helps us connect our minds with our bodily experiences, even those that are difficult to describe to another person. 

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I hold a dual master’s degree in clinical rehabilitation counseling with a disability focus and mental health counseling through a social justice lens. I trained in mindfulness-based body-centered psychotherapy (Hakomi method), which I then practiced in a yearlong internship as a mental health counselor at the Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches (M.E.T.A.) Counseling Clinic. In this internship I met with clients in person and over video weekly for issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, adjusting to disability, eating disorders, career transitions, relationship issues, gender identity development, emotion regulation, self-esteem, and the search for meaning. I have completed additional training in somatic therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, narrative therapy, trauma, CBT, and mindfulness. Becoming a counselor is a new chapter in my life, following a twenty-year career in the music industry. I am supervised by Stephen Keeley, LPC, CHT, and Anne-Marie Benjamin, LPC.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Hakomi External link

    I have completed training and a year-long internship in Hakomi Mindfulness-based Body-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and largely draw from this approach. This involves using mindfulness and nonjudgmental curiosity during therapy sessions to connect to your somatic (bodily) experience and how they connect to your emotions to heal wounding.

  • Somatic Therapy (Body Centered) External link

    Trauma (from big events to the accumulation of smaller invalidating experiences) is stored in the body, as is resilience and the potential for healing. By learning how to listen to and follow your body's cues, you can heal in ways that may be less accessible to traditional talk therapy.

  • Mindfulness-based External link

    With your consent, I use mindfulness during therapy sessions to guide you toward your present experience and learn how to use mindfulness during everyday life to be more present and fulfilled.

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