Kir Rian

Kir Rian (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, MFA, Licensed Mental Health Counselor/WA, Professional Counselor Associate/OR

Trauma-certified grief therapy in a mindful, collaborative space. Also specializing in illness and stress mgmt. Licensed in OR & WA.

Client Status

accepting clients



Telehealth throughout Oregon & Washington


Telehealth throughout Oregon & Washington

Oregon 97034

At a Glance


Rate: $135-$150

Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2020


  • Individual
  • Group

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Ideal Client

Whether recent circumstances are challenging, or aspects of the past need to be reconciled and faced, my clients want to process and cope and move toward mindful, holistic healing. They want to own their lives and feel better. They want clarity, meaning, understanding and support reaching that place through their challenges, traumas, or grief. Their capacity for resilience and vulnerability and insight humbles me daily, and I meet them where they are with respect and empathy.

My Background and Approach

These beautiful, unpredictable, messy moments of life shape us, and I've learned that defining who we are through these moments helps us build the life we want. It's hard work. I help people navigate and sift through it all, and I believe in a collaborative, mindfulness-based approach. I am licensed in OR and WA, hold a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, a trauma certification, am trained in grief and loss counseling, and have worked in community mental health, and led processing groups and classes internationally, and with a variety of nonprofits for 20 years. I am an advocate for equality and social justice, and an ally for marginalized groups. I utilize an integrated theoretical approach based in person-centered, mindfulness, somatic, ACT, EFT, and CBT. I work with a wide range of individuals, couples, and diagnoses including anxiety & codependency, and I specialize in grief, illness, and stress management.

Why I Became a Therapist

We all hold the capacity to grow and move toward a life of health and happiness. Social, cultural, and family systems influence our perspective, as well as how we communicate with ourselves and within relationships. Sometimes our bodies betray us. Sometimes we need to heal from-or at least learn to carry-past traumas or losses. In other words, context matters. The mind, heart, and body are all interconnected, and tools like breathwork and mindfulness can help improve our quality of life. Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked for years with marginalized and trauma-affected individuals through various nonprofits. That work, combined with chronic illness issues, and a sudden death in our immediate family all combined to lead me to do this work. There are tools for coping, and insight to be gleaned from what we've been through. There are connections to be made within ourselves, our community, and even our DNA through things like epigenetics. I help my clients see their light.

Techniques I Use


  • Humanistic  External link

    Fundamentally, I believe in your worth and your capacity--even if you can't see that in yourself. This premise is the foundation of the humanistic approach and it is paramount to my work. I also believe you are responsible for building your life and knowing and owning who you are. I am here to support, but also to be real with you. The humanistic approach assists people with improving their functioning, their symptoms, their self awareness and self acceptance, personal responsibility, and power

  • Mindfulness-based External link

    One of my favorite aspects of mindfulness therapy is that the awareness and processing strategies are easily applied inbetween therapy sessions, and help with a huge range of challenges, from anxiety and depression to PTSD to grief to daily stress management. True healing is integrative, and mindfulness is an important, well-researched tool to help facilitate ongoing health, growth, and stability. Sometimes this is meditation, but also breath work and other grounding exercises.

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) External link

    Learning coping tools to improve functioning, changing underlying thought patterns or perspectives we've held that don't serve us, and re-evaluating our motivations or circumstances, can help us see or understand our challenges in a different way, and respond effectively. Tools like mindfulness techniques and other reframing and CBT exercises have been shown to be hugely effective with anxiety and depression, as well as with trauma and a wide array of mental health issues.

Issues I Treat


  • Loss or Grief External link

    Grief can stem from a death close to us, or be lingering and unresolved from our past. Grief can be about things other than death, like loss of the life you pictured, or grief for the impacts of trauma and abuse. It can be all consuming and isolating and nonlinear. If there was a death in the family and we're parents, we're also managing the grief of our kids. Compounding it, most of the time people near us don't know how to support, and that can make things worse. Counseling can help processing

  • Chronic Pain or Illness External link

    Managing fears, unknowns, and the healthcare and medical systems is exhausting and can be frustrating. Often, we are also managing the emotions of those around us. We are continuing to work, raise kids, deal with financial implications, and trying to live a "normal" life despite physical or physiological manifestations, and despite a myriad of other factors unique to everyone's specific circumstance. As with grief, it can be isolating and our community often doesn't support in the way we need.

  • Compassion Fatigue External link

    Caregiving--whether in our personal or work life--can take a tremendous toll. It is a constant balancing act to negotiate our own self care and equilibrium along with the emotional expense of managing others' needs. My clients are healthcare professionals, educators, and others, as well as individuals caring for family members. They are responsible for a lot and the exhaustion can be deeply emotional as well as physical. Compassion can be one of our best qualities, but in balance.

  • Anxiety External link

    Anxiety can look like so many things--a steady, constant worry all the way to full-blown panic attacks. It can be restlessness or a tense jaw or neck muscles, your body is holding all that stress and trying to protect you. Learning tools for anxiety and fear management can help minimize how these symptoms interfere with your life. Often, there are underlying root issues that can be processed through counseling, as well.

  • PTSD External link

    As a trauma-certified therapist, PTSD, adult survivors of sexual abuse, and medical trauma are a focus of my practice. Trauma affects the nervous system, other aspects of our physiology, as well as our emotional state. At the same time, it can be managed holistically and with a trauma-informed approach. A safe therapeutic healing space conducive to restoration and processing can help with symptom management and overall wellness.

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