Michael Ianello

Michael Ianello (he/him/his)

Licensed Professional Counselor


I work with adults seeking relief from anxiety and depression, loneliness, harsh self-criticism, perfectionism, and stress.

Client Status

accepting clients



PO Box 12067

Portland, 97212

At a Glance


Rate: $80-$125

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2017

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Group

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Ideal Client

I work well with clients who are experiencing anxiety-based disorders (generalized anxiety, social phobias, relational issues). I have knowledge and experience working with mood disorders, marital/intimate relationship issues, sudden life change (loss of job, big move, end of relationship). My clients are adult professionals who have found difficulty identifying or prioritizing their own core values. I work as well with people who are new to therapy as those who have "tried it all".

My Background and Approach

I help clients reduce their anxieties and break out of cycles of suffering. I work with directness and a light touch to ensure both comfort and authentic connection are achieved in every session. Through the development of renewed vitality, curiosity, and joy my clients will rediscover core life values; learn and develop concrete skills to find relief from sticky thoughts; cultivate empathy and connect compassionately and deeply with their own true heart. I have worked in the developmental and mental health fields as an educator, researcher, and counselor for over 10 years. I have a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Professional Mental Health Counseling. I have received professional training in DBT, ACT, and mindfulness based behavioral interventions as well as depth focused, process oriented modalities.

My Values as a Therapist

The key values of my practice: safety, honesty, and curiosity. A feeling of safety and confidentiality is paramount to the deep and sacred work of self-discovery that occurs in my practice. I seek to model honesty, directness, and vulnerability with clients so that they can experience the unique freedoms that arise from an honest and open dialogue. Cultivating curiosity is one of the routine ways I work with folks to develop new skills like forgiveness, somatic awareness, and the establishment and validation of core values. I value diversity and strive to treat all clients with dignity and respect, no matter their beliefs or background. I am committed to providing services to people of all income levels. I am proud to offer a sliding scale which reflects this. I also commit my time to health care reform and community mental health outreach with the hopes that quality mental health care is no longer out of anyone's reach.

Techniques I Use


  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) External link

    ACT has two basic principles for therapist and client to follow. One, accept that we have unwelcome thoughts sometimes and that these thoughts are out of our control. Two, commit to a life which is focused on core values defined by you. In other words, "Embrace your imperfections and learn how to trust that you know what's best."

  • Existential External link

    I have a background in existential philosophy and psychology. Discovering deeper meaning by confronting the difficult questions that arise from the unique nature of the human condition. What does it mean to be alive? How do my choices define me? How can I live a life committed to action and purpose? How can I embrace my failures and celebrate my success?

Issues I Treat


  • Anxiety External link

    I specialize in working with people who are experiencing anxiety-based disorders (generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, phobias). I assist clients in developing a deeper sense of meaning through the investigation of patterns of suffering. Stop feeling paralyzed in your thinking and your life, break free from constantly second guessing yourself and learn what it takes to trust others as well as yourself.

  • Personal Growth External link

    Who decides how your life is going to develop? Taking back ownership over the direction of our growth can be a vital and powerful tool in becoming who we've always wanted to be. Take stock of your life and learn what it takes to become who you truly are.

  • Depression External link

    How do you experience your depression? What impact does it have on your life? Everyone gets down sometimes but what do we do when we feel like our melancholy is bottomless? What if your depression had a place to emerge, had a place to be seen without judgement? Would the way you experience it change? How might you change if it did? I will work with you to answer these questions and help you deepen your own understanding of how you can cultivate and sustain renewed vitality.

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