Maria Bonacci

Maria Bonacci (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor


I will work with you to confront problems, blocks, and conflicts in your life with the goal of helping you feel more fulfilled.

Client Status




3234 NE Wasco St.

Unit A

Portland, 97232

At a Glance


Rate: $150-$200

Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2016

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Family
  • Group
  • Relationship

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • Aetna
  • OHP Single Case Agreement
  • PacificSource

My Ideal Client

I provide therapy to people ages 18 and up. I specialize in working with queer and trans people, pot-stirrers, and outsiders.

My Background and Approach

My goal as your therapist is to help you feel more like yourself and to achieve the goals you have for your life. I bring training in multiple philosophies and styles, and consider my practice style eclectic/integrative. My approach is strengths-based and person-centered. I completed initial training in Emotion Focused Therapy in Fall 2021. I use Narrative Exposure Therapy for trauma to treat PTSD. I hold a Master's of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Portland State University. I have 20 yrs. of experience in public health and mental health via work in syringe exchange, sexuality education, HIV testing/care, early psychosis intervention, interpersonal violence advocacy, trans competency in mental health care, and most recently in psychiatric emergency care. My previous work and my political beliefs are a strong influence on my work as a therapist.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I am a White, queer, genderqueer person from the east coast. For those who are curious: Libra, Libra, Capricorn; ENFP; Enneagram 8. I am committed to anti-racist work. I am thoughtfully assertive. I believe in approaches to healing that don't reproduce systemic harm, and in care networks that center transformative change. I want to live in a world without police and prisons, and I am realistic about the work it takes to get there. I aim to support people to live a life that is aligned with their values and which helps them achieve their goals. I do this while keeping in mind that the wellness of one person impacts the wellness of their broader social circles and society at large.

Techniques I Use


  • Addiction Therapy External link

    with a specialization in harm reduction. I have worked in various roles as a harm reductionist, including in syringe exchange and injection drug user health services, as a safer sex counselor, and in HIV/STD prevention and care work.

  • Emotionally Focused External link

    I utilize EFT in individual, couples and group work to connect presenting problems with deeper emotional context.

  • Attachment Theory External link

    "Attachment" is a way to explore how and in what contexts we feel safe. I have studied Interpersonal Neurobiology which is deeply rooted in attachment theory and the interpersonal emotional information we internalize and which as a result impacts our day to day interactions.

Issues I Treat


  • Panic External link

    I have training in various therapeutic interventions to address panic and other anxiety disorders.

  • Drug Dependence / Abuse / Addiction External link

    My approach to addiction treatment is centered in harm reduction with a person centered approach. I want to help you examine your substance use and support changes as you are wanting to make them.

  • Gender Identity External link

    I am a queer, genderqueer person. I have worked in various roles alongside trans and non-binary people to provide therapy, advocacy, and documentation/letters for surgery.

  • Compassion Fatigue External link

    Tired of being asked about your "self-care" practices? Let's talk about ways we can create lives inside and outside the confines of capitalism that offer us room to process intense and complex emotional experiences.

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