James Reling (he/him/his)

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Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR
Supervised by Stephen Keeley, LPC #2662

  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Contact
  • Individual

About My Clients

Because of my background as a musician, I particularly enjoy working with creative people, as well as those who identify as autistic and/or neurodivergent. I work with people to process religious/spiritual trauma. I am trained to work with people with disabilities and their family members, including adjusting to chronic illness, physical injury or limitations, accidents, onset of disease, etc.

My Background and Approach

Everyone feels “stuck” from time to time. It’s just part of life. But it’s sometimes incredibly difficult to move ourselves through periods of pain, confusion or stagnancy. That’s when having the support and guidance of a therapist can make a huge difference. I seek to understand who you are and what has led you to the place you are now, and then help you explore where you’d like to go next and how to get there. I encourage my clients to foster curiosity about themselves and their inner experience as I guide them with a mindfulness-based, body-centered approach. What is mindfulness? It’s a practice of noticing what’s happening inside yourself in the present moment. Our bodies hold on to emotional pain from the past in ways that can be difficult to explain or even notice. We might feel numb, or feel an overload of sensation (such as chronic pain). Mindfulness helps us connect our minds with our bodily experiences, even those that are difficult to describe to another person.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I hold a dual master’s degree in clinical rehabilitation counseling with a disability focus and mental health counseling through a social justice lens. I trained in mindfulness-based body-centered psychotherapy (Hakomi method), which I then practiced in a yearlong internship as a mental health counselor at the Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches (M.E.T.A.) Counseling Clinic. In this internship I met with clients in person and over video weekly for issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, adjusting to disability, eating disorders, career transitions, relationship issues, gender identity development, emotion regulation, self-esteem, and the search for meaning. I have completed additional training in somatic therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, narrative therapy, trauma, CBT, and mindfulness. Becoming a counselor is a new chapter in my life, following a twenty-year career in the music industry. I am supervised by Stephen Keeley, LPC, CHT, and Anne-Marie Benjamin, LPC.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Out of Network
I offer online counseling in the following states:
I have experience with the following
  • Agnosticism
  • Atheism
  • Buddhism

At A Glance

  • Experience: 3 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $115 - 115/session


9712046428 Email James
4531 SE Belmont Street
Portland, OR 97215

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