CAITLIN ECKLUND, LPC

relational & embodied counseling

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!

 

COUNSELING SERVICES

Individual Counseling for Teens and Adults

Yes, I am currently accepting new clients!

COVID-19: until further notice, I am providing telehealth services by secure video.

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

My office is located at 3954 N Williams in the Wise Counsel & Comfort building.

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

  • explore identity, spirituality, and meaning

  • 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. Social baseline theory suggests that we are hardwired at birth to have safe and secure connections with others, and these connections are imperative to our survival, not just a luxury. 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!

Rates, Payment, Cancellations

$130/50 minute session

I accept Aetna insurance. 

 

I am an out-of-network provider, and services may be covered in part by your insurance plan. 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 was raised in rural northeast Oregon, and have a strong sense of place and deep love of nature. 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 have been dedicated to meditation, self-awareness, mind-body connection, and yoga for nearly two decades. I am so grateful for the teachers and therapists who have accompanied me on my own ongoing healing journey. This foundation supports my ability to listen, be present, and offer safety in counseling. 

I am personally and professionally committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression work.

Professional Interests and Experience

  • interpersonal neurobiology

  • polyvagal theory 

  • social justice

  • trauma informed care

  • body positivity

  • ecopsychology 

  • mindfulness 

  • mind-body-spirit connection

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.

I have dedicated much of my professional life to working with marginalized populations, particularly underserved rural children, families, and adolescents. 

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

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

  • Nationally Board Certified Counselor

  • Year long immersion in interpersonal neurobiology and ongoing study with Bonnie Badenoch, PhD 

  • 400 hours of yoga teacher training

  • 200 hours Body Mind Centering 

  • EMDR trained

 

CONTACT

3954 N Williams Ave., Portland, OR

503-939-7195

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

 

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