Michael Viola, MA

Michael Viola, MA (He/Him)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, LPC Intern

Together we'll work to liberate your empowered creative Self. Allow me to support, guide, and coach you through this process

Client Status

accepting clients



1235 SE Division

Suite 207

Portland, 97202

At a Glance


Rate: $90-$120

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2016

Languages: English, Español


  • Individual
  • Group
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket

My Ideal Client

My clients are looking for support, guidance, and/or coaching through the process of getting to know, understand, liberate, and transform limiting patterns that prevent them from living their most fulfilled selves. My clients range in age from late teens to the elder stage of life. They are curious about approaching old problems in new ways and they are willing to take the plunge. I'm an educator as much as a therapist and I encourage any prospective client to reach out for a free consult.

My Background

I received my BA from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and my MA in Counseling from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM. I have also been educated and worked in the corporate and educational structures of NYC. I apprenticed with master herbalists in Ithaca, NY and Native healers in New Mexico and the Peruvian Amazon. I have been cultivating a life as a psychotherapist, shamanic practitioner, and artist. My journey has required me to explore and unify my inner Male and Female polarities along with the elemental energies of the directions (Earth, Air, Fire, Water). This union births the conscious and creative self within. We can then manifest in alignment with this Self, our Community, and The Earth, free from limiting energetic patterns. I work to assist others in this pursuit.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I view our patterns and habitual experiences as a function of vibration/frequency/resonance. We can hold the frequency patterns of earlier childhood traumas, cultural/religious narratives, ancestral wounds, and even past life tragedies. The beliefs that form from these experiences are stored within the body/mind frequency structure. When we liberate hidden patterns, purge them, and introduce new ones, we have effectively changed our resonant frequencies. The work is then to find the belief, in what it is rooted, and then to liberate the energy and introduce a new energetic imprint that is more appropriate. We can do this in many ways and I specialize in using shamanic techniques, including journey work, psychotherapy, and archetypal psychology to do this. My work has arisen from personal pursuits in the study of quantum physics/string theory, Jungian/Archetypal Psychology, Energy Psychology, Transpersonal Psychology, Somatic Body/Mind Psychology, Herbalism, and Vibrational Medicine.

Techniques I Use


  • Mindfulness-based External link

    I work to help you recalibrate your physical experience through processing your emotional and energetic pathways. Together we can pave new energetic pathways to affect present and future change in your behavioral habits and physical body. Through breathing, intention, focus, and visualization we can liberate somatically held beliefs. Intentional living, ceremony, and a regular spiritual practice can also be great tools in holding our truth, our words, and our behaviors in alignment.

  • Transpersonal External link

    The framework of my therapy/coaching explores the relationship of self within the context of the greater whole. What does it mean to be in right relationship with all of the sentient consciousness around us? What is our relevance within all of creation? By honoring our deepest truths may we then connect with the deepest truths of others. I assist my clients in this process.

  • Humanistic  External link

    Intuition and a spiritual connection are what have informed my own healing. My deep connection permits others to find their own connection and to explore and strengthen it. This process will encourage the full flowering of our gifts as we share them. This truth is what we carry as potential in our hearts, what is meant to be shared in order to leave our unique mark in the world.

Issues I Treat


  • Personal Growth External link

    Trusting the process and embracing our power in any situation can help us grow. This is courage and it walks with us at all times. Sometimes its a little harder to see. I help you find that courage in order to surrender to the process of growth.

  • Spirituality External link

    There is a divine spark in all things. Each has its own purpose, plan, and destiny. In trusting this truth and respecting the interconnection of all things we recognize our own spiritual selves within the greater whole. From this concept we can begin to recognize our own spiritual power and utilize it to evolve, grow, and celebrate our lives.

  • Men's Issues External link

    Men need support. Men have feelings and need to feel and share them. Feeling vulnerable is part of that process. What are the imprints you've inherited as a man and how may they be preventing you from living and feeling vital and empowered? The fact that I have gone there myself allows me to hold the energy permitting my clients to go there as well.

  • LGBTQ Issues External link

    The concept of two-spirit is paramount in working with these issues. Embodying the spirit of electrical male and magnetic female is a gift and must be recognized as such. As a gay male myself much empowerment and strength has come from uniting these polarities and owning the power of uniqueness as our energy runs along the diversity of this spectrum. We are something far beyond what pop culture and religion designate us.

  • Anxiety External link

    We'll explore the elements that contribute to your anxiety and how to address each area. From deep conscious breathing, somatic processing, and shamanic journey we'll work to discover hidden elements for understanding and relieving anxious tension.

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