Aaron Kelsay (he / him)

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I am a trauma recovery therapist with extensive experience in the healing and recovery field.

Counselor in Portland, OR

About My Clients

Healing is a journey. For some, "healing" means reversing years of trauma, and for others it means 'getting out of my own head' or 'getting un-stuck.' For everyone, the path to healing is a difficult one, and it is lighter, easier, more meaningful when others join in with you. To you who have tried to go it alone, I invite you to reach out. Connecting with a counselor is a way to get un-stuck in your journey towards health, to bring healing to those deeper places of hurt.

My Background and Approach

My goal in working with a client is to help them develop the insight, skills, strengths, resources, and supports to work toward that state of being "healthy." I work with the best available, evidence-based modalities to support people on their journey towards health. This includes EMDR, trauma-based, and attachment-based modalities. What does all this mean? When you find yourself on your way towards healing, it will be because you have brought along with you many of the tools that we have developed and integrated in our sessions together. That may mean that the EMDR has re-wired your response to trauma memories. It may mean that you have developed new behavioral habits and routines, new boundaries, new ways of getting your needs met. As we help you on your journey, I will offer the best available skills, supports, resources for your healing, and my hope is that you will take away a few of the best fitting ones for you.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

When I was younger, I was constantly anxious. I would read everything all at once for school, get all my HW done as fast as possible, worry about and plan for every possible scenario. Through my own counseling work, I've managed to slow down and better adapt to that way of thinking and being. It was also over the course of that healing experience that I noticed a shift in who I was and how I wanted to be in the world. I've shed and deconstructed much of my religious, spiritual, political values, just as I shed much of the pressure, self-criticism, and anxiety of my youth. What I kept from my upbringing was the "good stuff." I still value the ideals of love, hope, peace. The "love your neighbor" way has a more holistic meaning for me now in my chosen role as a counselor. Outside of the counseling office, my family and I choose to be open and affirming with the LGBT community, support BLM, and to work towards improving the material and spiritual conditions of all people.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Aetna
  • Oregon Health Plan
  • PacificSource
I offer online counseling in the following states:
I have experience with the following
  • Christianity

At A Glance

  • Experience: 8 years of practice
  • Rate: $150 - 200/session


9712005789 Email Aaron
9201 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97266

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