CAITLIN ECKLUND, LPC

counseling for adolescents and adults

WELCOME!

I'm so glad you're here!

Searching for a counselor can be a daunting task. Maybe counseling is a brand new venture for you, maybe you've had negative experiences with counselors in the past, or maybe it's just hard to know if you'll really find the help you are looking for. I've been there! I want to pause to recognize and honor your desire to feel more whole and your willingness to change things that aren't working in your life. Whatever your unique challenges or yearnings, my hope for you is that you find the support and connection that you need.

If you are seeking a counselor who will honor your complexity, have a sense of humor, share humanity, be present and authentic, and offer an affirming, warm space for all of you, we may be a good fit!

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COUNSELING SERVICES

Individual Counseling for Teens and Adults

Sessions are telethealth only

Appointments are currently available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

I am available for sessions by video for Oregon residents.

It is a delight to work with people who, among other things, seek to:

  • heal from past hurts

  • get relief from anxiety and depression

  • improve relationships

  • feel empowered 

  • navigate life transitions

  • feel less alone

  • feel more embodied

People of all experiences and identities are warmly welcomed!

What to Expect

As a counselor, I consider my role to be as a trusty companion and fellow human. I will walk alongside you on your own wonderfully unique journey. 

Sessions are organic and dependent on what is "alive" for you in the here and now of the counseling session. My first priority is always to listen deeply and be responsive to your needs in the moment.

When appropriate, we will weave in pragmatic tools for your specific needs. Sometimes I will offer relevant information about the functioning of our amazing brains, bodies, and nervous systems, which can be so normalizing and empowering. Sometimes I will invite you to explore guided somatic (body-focused) or mindfulness practices in session, or suggest practices to build into your daily routine.  

Research shows that beyond any fancy technique or protocol, the quality of the counseling relationship predicts the outcome of therapy. It is always my intention to create a space where you can experience and embody safety and security in relationship. Deepening a felt-sense of safety and security can ripple out into your life in beautiful and transformative ways!

Insurance, Cancellations

I accept Aetna and PacifcSource insurance. 

 

I also accept out-of-pocket, and services may be covered in part by your insurance plan for out-of-network care. Please call your insurance to find out what their out-of-network policy is. I will provide you with documentation to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Payment is due at time of service by cash, check, or credit card.

Cancellations or no-shows with less than 24 hours notice will be charged the full session rate. 

 
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ABOUT ME

I have provided counseling in many settings. I have worked in a nonprofit clinic serving survivors of intimate partner violence, a community mental health agency, mobile and on-call mental health crisis, K-12 public schools, and a residential center for teen girls. I have clinical experience working with diverse people who have experienced a wide range of challenges. Before I entered the mental health field, I spent over 10 years working as a river guide on multi-day excursions. Those years as a guide and facilitator taught me nearly as much about human behavior and psychology as my graduate studies in mental health counseling! Working with thousands of river guests over those years honed awareness and skills that have translated well to my work with people as a counselor. I am so grateful for the teachers and therapists who have accompanied me on my own ongoing healing journey. This foundation supports my aim to listen, be present, and offer as much safety as I am able.

I work from a strengths-based approach and it is always my intention to meet people in their widest social/cultural context and intersectionality. I trust the innate and inherent wellness, resilience, and wisdom within each of us.

Professional Interests and Experience

  • interpersonal neurobiology

  • polyvagal theory 

  • attachment theory

  • social justice

  • trauma informed care

  • body positivity

  • ecopsychology

  • intersection of climate change and mental health 

  • mindfulness 

  • mind-body connection

More personally, I prioritize work-life balance which allows me to show up more fully for our work together. I love to cook, garden, learn about plants, take naps, walk in the woods, and play with my dog. I am a cis, white, heterosexual, neurodiverse female. I come from a rural, working class background. After many years in Portland, I now live with my partner on a small farm near where I grew up as a third generation inhabitant of the traditional and current homelands of the Nez Perce, Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, and Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) peoples. 

Education and Certification

  • Licensed Professional Counselor, OR Board of Licensed & Professional Counselors & Therapists

  • Master of Science, clinical mental health counseling, Oregon State University

  • Bachelor of Arts, cultural anthropology, Reed College

  • Oregon Counseling Association member

  • 6 years of ongoing learning in interpersonal neurobiology with Bonnie Badenoch, PhD 

  • 400 hours of yoga teacher training

  • 200 hours Body Mind Centering

 

CONTACT

Email me to schedule a free 20 minute consultation to see if we might be a good fit for your needs and goals!