Simon Yugler

Simon Yugler (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MA

Supervisor: Dr. Robert Stuckey

I help men discover greater purpose, clarity, and vision in their life through psychotherapy, men's groups, and psychedelic integration.

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

503.730.2028

1300 SW 5th Ave.

Portland, 97201

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $90

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2020

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual
  • Group
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket

My Approach to Helping

My approach embraces depth & Jungian psychology, Internal Family Systems, as well as existential and humanistic psychotherapies. I named my practice “Initiations Counseling” because I believe that initiatory experiences, also known as “rites of passage,” are a painfully missing aspect of our modern culture, resulting in many recognizable symptoms that modern people, specifically men, experience today. If you’re interested in learning more, feel free to check out my article, What is Initiation? A specialty area of mine is in "psychedelic integration support," which involves processing and preparing for potentially life-changing psychedelic experiences. This is informed by both academic research and extensive personal experience and training, utilizing a “harm reduction” based approach. I do not offer psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy or connection to underground “guides."

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

Whether spending time with indigenous communities in Australia and Peru, guiding students on educational adventures abroad, or living on my own in the developing world, much of my life has been a journey of self discovery. I am profoundly grateful for these life experiences and how they changed me. I was led to become a psychotherapist while engaged in an immersive study of traditional plant medicine in the Peruvian Amazon. At a young age I was interested in Jungian psychology and spiritual practices. The rich body work of what is now called the “mythopoetic men’s movement” inspired me to deepen my study of archetypes, masculinity, and initiation, which laid the foundation for approach to psychology. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist I worked with National Geographic Student Expeditions and Carpe Diem Education as an experiential educator and guide, leading groups of young adults across 10 countries.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) External link

    Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a transformative, systems-based approach to working with conflicted, wounded, or misunderstood parts of ourselves. The core of IFS is centered around helping clients access the loving, undamaged, and empowered core of their deep Self, which exists within everyone regardless of life experiences. I am currently participating in the Level 1 IFS training.

  • Depth Therapy External link

    I have a masters degree in depth psychology & counseling from Pacifica Graduate Institute - the leading institution for depth psychology. It is an honor to find myself rooted in the lineage of Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, James Hillman, Michael Meade, Robert Bly, Marion Woodman, and many more. Instead of simply changing unwanted behaviors, depth psychology helps us address the root cause.

  • Humanistic  External link

    All life is relationship. I've learned this fact in both my graduate psychotherapy training, and through spending time with indigenous cultures around the world. This means that each person requires their own unique therapy. I won’t try to slot you into a theory or category, or try and “fix” you. Instead, I work through building our relationship, and learning about who you really are.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Personal Growth External link

    There’s a good chance that you’ve found your way here because something in your life feels off. Maybe you feel a deep lack of purpose and meaning, or that you haven’t been able to find your true calling yet. Perhaps you’re struggling with communicating and connecting with your partner. Or, you don’t have a partner at all, and want to figure out who you need to become to find the right one.

  • Men's Issues External link

    My approach to working with men draws from my training in Jungian and depth psychology. I integrate masculine archetypes and mythology to help you chart your inner landscape. I also incorporate Internal Family Systems to help uncover and integrate the wounded or reactive “parts” of you that may be the source of your problems. This work extends to all sexual orientations and male-identified people.

  • Child or Adolescent Issues External link

    Prior to becoming a psychotherapist I worked with National Geographic Student Expeditions and Carpe Diem Education as an experiential educator and guide, leading groups of adolescents across 10 countries. Especially with the advent of the #MeToo movement, boys are now more than ever being asked to rapidly change their behavior and become educated around issues of consent, sexuality, and power.

  • Anxiety External link

    Each unique person requires their own unique therapy. I won’t try to slot you into a theory or category, or try and “fix” you. Instead, I work through building our relationship, listening for the deeper meaning in what you have to say, and learning about who you really are. Using both depth psychology and Internal Family System, I work to heal the root of your problems, not just the surface issue.

  • Depression External link

    Our sadness, issues, and fears are often rooted in the unconscious, or what Jung called our 'shadow'. Depth psychology can help you navigate the turbulent waters of life by framing your life and struggles in the context of the greater web of human experience. This is often done through working with dreams, archetypes, and transformative life experiences such as initiation and rites of passage.

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