James Reling

James Reling (he/him/his)

Licensed Professional Counselor


Hello, I have openings for Autism/ADHD assessments for adults... However, my therapy practice is currently full.

Client Status

accepting clients



6118 SE Belmont St

Portland, OR 97215

At a Glance


Rate: $150

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2019

Languages: English


  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket

My Ideal Client

My ideal client is an adult who suspects they might be neurodivergent, such as late-diagnosed Autistic or ADHD individuals. They are typically curious, open to self-discovery, and seeking professional guidance for clarity and validation in understanding their neurodivergent traits. They value a supportive and affirming therapeutic approach that honors their unique experiences. If you're on a journey of self-discovery and yearn for clarity, I'm here to provide comprehensive support.

My Approach to Helping

I specialize in working with "late-diagnosed" Autistic and ADHD adults, offering support in your exploration of neurodivergence. Being neurodivergent myself, I can empathize with the challenges you might face, and that is why I started offering Autism/ADHD assessments in the first place. My program includes: Thorough Assessment: We delve into your experiences and traits, guided by your perspective. Neurodiversity-Affirming Testing: An in-depth evaluation to confirm your neurodiversity. Personalized Guidance: Tailoring support to address how your neurotype impacts various aspects of your life. Future Roadmap: Providing recommendations and resources to guide your next steps. I'm committed to creating a stigma-free and safe space for your neurodivergent self-discovery. You don't have to go through this alone. Feel free to reach out to initiate your assessment process by going to my website and scheduling a consultation.

Why I am a Good Fit for You

I'm an autistic individual myself, which gives me a unique perspective. I've faced denial and struggled with my own misconceptions and stereotypes about autism. I also understand the societal stigma around neurodivergence, making it challenging to discuss with family and friends. I've experienced a lifetime of wanting to connect with others but often feeling misunderstood, leading to strained relationships. Most of my clients come to me when they are looking for answers to better understand themselves so they can lead more fulfilling lives. As a therapist, I prioritize your goals and won't push specific interventions like social skills training unless you express a desire for them. I'm here to listen, help you process, and choose what you want in your life. I'm open to exploring your special interests, understanding their importance, and using them to aid in emotional expression.

Techniques I Use


  • 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. I am currently in a three-year training to become a Somatic Experiencing Practioner.

  • 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.

Issues I Treat


  • Aspergers External link

    Well, we don't use the term "Aspergers" anymore, but there is no option for autism or neurodiversity. I work with neurodivergent clients from an affirming lens. Being autistic is not the problem; the problem is we live in an ableist culture that centers neurotypical experience. So I focus on understanding my neurodivergent clients' experiences, working with their strengths, and helping them with changes they wish to address, rather than what society deems as "appropriate" or "normal."

  • Chronic Pain or Illness External link

    My training in working with people who have disabilities includes chronic pain/illness, which can be particularly tricky to navigate when these disabilities are not 'visible' to others. Many people with chronic pain/illness can feel alone and misunderstood by their medical providers, family, friends, and employers.

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