James Reling

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

I am passionate about working with people adjusting to disabilities such as chronic illness/pain and physical injury/onset of illness. I enjoy working with artists, musicians, and other creative types, as well as those looking to bring mindfulness into their life and integrate mind/body.


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

My Approach

I believe every person’s life is a unique journey. I would like to understand who you are, what has lead you to where you are now, and to help you explore where you’d like to go next. Everyone feels “stuck” from time-to-time, mindfulness is a powerful tool for studying present experience. I invite my clients' curiosity about themselves as I guide them with a mindfulness-based body-centered approach. Mindfulness is a practice of noticing what’s happening inside yourself as it’s happening in the present moment. There are different ways to practice mindfulness such as meditation, movement, and with the help of a professional during therapy. Our bodies hold on to emotional pain from the past in ways that can be difficult to notice or explain, or we might feel numb, or an overload of sensation such as chronic pain. Mindfulness helps us notice our bodily experiences in ways that may be hard to talk about.

My Background

The focus of my Masters was a dual degree in clinical rehabilitation counseling (disability-focus) and mental health counseling through a social justice lens. I trained in mindfulness-based body-centered psychotherapy (Hakomi), which I then practiced for my yearlong internship as a mental health counselor at the Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches (M.E.T.A.) Counseling Clinic. I met with my clients in-person and over video weekly to work on issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, adjusting to disability, eating disorders, career transitions, relationship issues, gender identity development, emotion regulation, self-esteem, search for meaning, and much more. Additionally, I have completed training in somatic therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, narrative therapy, trauma, CBT, mindfulness. The counseling profession is a shift from my twenty-year career in the music industry. I am supervised by Stephen Keeley, LPC, CHT and Anne-Marie Benjamin, LPC.

Insurance Plans Accepted

  • Out of Network


  • 971.204.6428
  • Website
  • PO Box 68887
    Portland, OR 97233

At a Glance

  • Experience: Licensed Professional Counselor Intern
  • Neighborhood: Laurelhurst
  • Rate: $80-115/session

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