Majken Elek, MA

Majken Elek, MA

Licensed Professional Counselor

We all deserve to feel aligned, safe and nurtured. Cultivating compassionate self awareness and acceptance are at the core of healing.

Client Status

accepting clients



6536 SE Duke Street

Portland, OR 97206

At a Glance


Rate: $125-$150

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2015

Languages: English


  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Approach to Helping

I utilize a creative integrative approach, centered in mindfulness, somactics and attachment, to promote increased consciousness of thoughts, values, needs, and mind/body behavior patterns. Observing our emotional self awareness increases our ability to cope with stress, relationships, and life challenges. I will collaborate with you to move toward balance, wholeness, and a more integrated self. Free 30 min phone consultation and sliding scale fees. I am located within the Portland Insight Meditation Center. I do not accept insurance at this time, however, I can offer out of network billing and we can work together to find a session pricing that is realistic for you.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I hold a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Pacific University. I hold a BA from the University of Oregon. I have training in Vipassana Meditation, completing a 10 day silent meditation course in 2013. Additional training: CBT, DBT, MI, & CRM. I have clinical experience with addictions, and refugee populations and group experience in: mindfulness relapse prevention, grief, therapeutic journal writing, & mental health cultural adjustment. My credentials are also informed by my life experience. I have offered various support services while working in the education, corporate and non-profit fields for the past 15 years. This included serving a wide variety of ages, cultures. With these experiences I have gleaned valuable and applicable insight and wisdom which inform my practice giving me a holistic, open worldview. I’ve been told I have a warm, calm, stable presence. Hobbies: gardening & astrology. Places lived: Cannon Beach, Denmark, Boston, NY.

Techniques I Use


  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) External link

    ACT is an evidence-based intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness mixed in different ways with commitment and behavior-change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. The goal is not to get rid of of difficult feelings; but allow them to be present and what life throws at us in order to move toward valued behavior.

  • Attachment Theory External link

    Our early childhood attachments with our caregivers creates a template for how we respond and relate with ourselves, and our relationships. They inform our beliefs about the world and from this, we internalize relational patterns. We can cultivate understanding of why we attached the way we did and how we can utilize neuro-plasticity to create new templates to get our emotional needs met.

  • Mindfulness-based External link

    Paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment non-judgmentally with curiosity and compassion. Mindfulness can help us relax and focus. It can help us reset, reduce stress, reset the body, and bring about personal growth and healing. When we have the experience of feeling and reflecting we can create more space to invite in trusting wisdom and choice.

Issues I Treat


  • Personal Growth External link

    Personal growth is a lifelong process unique to each individual. We will explore and delve into your values, attachments, desires and aversions to unearth thinking and behavior patters which inhibit your growth. Tapping intuitive self knowledge can generate insights and awareness to live with presence and increased balance as you determine your path.

  • Spirituality External link

    We live in a society where we have lost the value of believing in a force greater than our human selves. We will explore your history, beliefs, and spiritual goals, including roadblocks and barriers to help you embody your most alive spiritual self.

  • Aging Concerns External link

    We will work together to embrace the natural cycle of being human, demystify the myths, and acknowledge the facts as we create a personal pathway of wisdom that feels safe, inspiring and unique to your journey.

  • Self-Esteem External link

    Who are you beneath who everyone tells you, you are? Together, we will unfold the layers of negative conditioning and rebuild the authentic self through, thought awareness exercises, values exploration and empowerment visualizations in a safe, non-judgmental space.

  • Anxiety External link

    It is no wonder so many individuals suffer from anxiety. We live in a society that is constantly promoting fear. Together we will work to acknowledge and demystify the anxious mind, find stability and coping through grounding, behavioral and mindfulness exercises, and move towards valued action and balance.

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