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

not accepting clients



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 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 hold a Master's of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Portland State University. My coursework at Portland State included content related to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis, Substance Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Psychopharmacology, Couples/Family/Group Therapy, Suicide Assessment and Intervention, and Interpersonal Neurobiology. 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 Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe in sharing my dominant identities as they influence my lens as a person and a therapist: I am a White, queer, non-binary 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.

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) External link

    I utilize CBT and various amalgamations of CBT/DBT to walk you through the connection between experiences, thoughts and behaviors, including how these live our bodies. I will help you notice patterns and opportunities for challenge. I took training with Ron Unger in CBT for psychosis.

  • 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, non-binary person. I have worked in various roles alongside trans and non-binary people to provide therapy, advocacy, and documentation/lettters 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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