Rachelle Cornelius

“Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world.  All things break.  And all things can be mended….Not with time, as they say, but with intention.  So go.  Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally.  The broken world awaits in darkness for the light that is you.” ~L.R. Knost

I am the owner of Creative Spirit Collaborative and the Executive Director of Foundation for Alternative Healing, as well as counselor and coach with specialties in Somatic, Nature, Expressive Arts, Animal Facilitated, and Mindfulness based therapies. 

My life long history with dance and befriending the earth and animals from a young age has inspired the approaches used at CSC. My interests in natural healing, movement, and connection with the earth deepened during my academic work.  My Master’s Degree from Naropa University in Wilderness Therapy was founded on Transpersonal Psychology, the psychology and application of the therapeutic use of meditation and mindfulness practices in conjunction with nature based therapeutic activities and incorporated aspects of expressive arts and movement based approaches as well.  My Bachelor’s Degree from Bastyr University emphasized nutrition, exercise, and alternative healing practices.

I recently completed a year long nature based meditation training, Awake in the Wild Teacher Training with Mark Coleman.  I have also studied Yoga and Yoga philosophy in depth since 2010 with teacher Dave Curtis’s Aksara Yoga and have had an ongoing yoga and meditation practice since 2000. I began regular wilderness solos in 2005 and have done wilderness solos and training with John P Milton’s Sacred Passages, Dave Talamo’s Wilderness Reflections, and Anne Stine’s Wilderness Rites. I have also had somatic training in Authentic Movement, BodyMind Centering, Continuum Movement, and Tamalpa Life Art Process as well as various breathwork practices.  I have also had additional training as a Life Wellness Coach from WellCoaches.

I work with a wide variety of people but have specialized experience working with adults who are talented and gifted in unusual and creative ways. I also have a background in emergency medical services and alternative healing practices working with my own health issues which makes me uniquely suited to support adults who are experiencing chronic or terminal illness as well as healthcare providers.  I also have extensive background in working with spiritual emergence, social, environmental, or existential concerns, or those in long term recovery from eating disorders or addiction. I am available for individual counseling, coaching, community therapeutic groups, workshops, and retreats as well as meditation, yoga, or breathwork facilitation and supervision for licensure.

“Enchantment is the oldest form of medicine.” ~Carl Jung

Now accepting new coaching clients.  

Accepts private pay and in network with the following insurance: OHP PacificSource Community Solutions, PacificSource Commercial/Private, Cigna, Kaiser NW, BCBS, Moda.

To schedule with Rachelle, please CONTACT US HERE.

Jonathan Stemer

“ Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you built against it. “~Rumi.  

As your guide, I bring 25 years of experience in the mental health field working with people of all ages and different backgrounds representing diverse therapeutic issues. My counseling practice is holistic, integrative and transpersonal focusing on the whole person and emphasizing a heart-centered approach that recognizes the wisdom within each person to guide their life. I value the therapeutic relationship and its potential to contribute to healing and transformation. By offering a compassionate presence, open heart, deep listening, acceptance without judgment and an ability to hold space for the parts of you that are often most vulnerable, a safe place will be created for you to do this sacred work of healing. 

My professional experience is supported and informed by over 30 years of personal study and practice of meditation within different wisdom traditions focusing on the heart and it’s wisdom for inner guidance. I’ve been exploring various movement practices including dance and tai chi for the past 10 years. I look for ways to incorporate these into the work with clients helping them more consciously embody and integrate different parts and aspects of themselves. I studied yoga philosophy and psychology with Baba Hari Dass from 1990-92, Chen tai chi with Master Chen Gui Zhen in 2009 and have continued with this practice for the past 10 years which has aided in managing stress, relaxation and an overall sense of well-being. From 1996-97, I studied at the California Institute of Integral Studies focusing on courses in transpersonal psychology, eastern and western theories of mind and expressive arts therapy as a way to further my interest in discovering ways to bring more of a body/mind/spirit approach to counseling. From 2003-2010, I produced and hosted a local community television program in Eugene called, The Healing Connection focusing on healing practitioners with an emphasis on the body/mind/spirit. In the past 6 years, as I’ve been going through a grieving process, I’ve participated in community grief rituals with Sobonfu Some, Rob Miller and Laurence Cole. These experiences have shown me the power of grieving and allowed me to see the vital role of community in healing.

Now accepting new clients. 

Accepts private pay and in network with the following insurance: OHP PacificSource Community Solutions, PacificSource Commercial/Private, Cigna, Kaiser NW, BCBS, Moda.

To schedule with Jonathan, please CONTACT US HERE.

Robyn Heydari

”You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have.” ~Maya Angelou

I work primarily from an Multi and Inter-Modal Expressive Arts lens.  I will invite you to get in touch with your creativity as we explore different mediums. Using an inter-modal approach means that we might move from one form of expression to another, perhaps even several times in the course of a session. Some processes we may explore include mixed-media experimentation, sandtray work, mindfulness practice, dreamwork, creative writing, movement, sound, play, and imaginative expression.

Expressive Arts Therapy is a trauma-informed practice.  It allows us to explore inner material as gently or as deeply as we feel ready for, at our own pace, and in our own unique way.  Inter-modal practice may lead us to examine our beliefs and experiences, call upon our ancestors, dive into our cultural backgrounds, our spiritual beliefs, and perhaps our dreams and intuition.  This allows a space to open up where we can come to know ourselves more deeply, trust ourselves more fully, and develop tools to help us carry this strength into the world.

Expressive Arts Therapy is more than making art for coping and self-care.  Yes, making art IS an excellent coping tool, but Expressive Arts Practice takes us much deeper into our work.  Through processing in the therapeutic space, as well as making room for expression in our daily lives, we can tap into our creative source from which change can flow.  When we hold space for our creativity to flourish without judgement, we can communicate with unconscious and hidden parts of ourselves.  Through this, we can know ourselves better, and perhaps reconnect with parts of ourselves that we may have lost touch with over time.  Sometimes these processes can be surprising and take us in completely different directions than we expected – and that’s okay – when we learn to trust ourselves and follow our innate wisdom, we can always find our way!

I believe therapy should be collaborative and non-authoritative. We will work together as allies, mutually invested in your growth.  I have over 12 years of experience working in community mental health with people from many different backgrounds.  One thing I have learned from my own experiences with the mental health system, as well as the experiences of my clients, is that receiving mental health services can sometimes feel dehumanizing and dismissive.  I aim to not do that.  I will not pathologize you, analyze you, or otherwise disrespect you.  Of course, to err is human, and thus, I welcome your feedback at all times.  I believe therapy is a relationship, and so I recognize that it is my responsibility to be open to change, just as I ask my clients to be when they step into the therapeutic space.

I greatly enjoy working with teens, especially those who may be hesitant to try therapy. I also welcome survivors of trauma to reach out so we can discuss what trauma-informed therapy is and why it is important for survivors to seek a counselor who is properly trained to work with their needs.  Whether or not you choose to work with me, I would like to help you find someone qualified to truly help in your healing journey.  While teens and survivors are populations I specialize in, I am open to working with people from all different backgrounds.  Please contact me for a consultation to learn more about how my approach is different.

Now accepting new clients.

Accepts private pay and in network with the following insurance: OHP PacificSource Community Solutions only. 

To schedule with Robyn, please CONTACT US HERE.

Gillian DeBruno

“I swear I will not dishonor my soul with hatred, but offer myself humbly as a guardian of nature, as a healer of misery, as a messenger of wonder, as an architect of peace.” ~Diane Ackerman

Hello loves. My name is Gillian DeBruno, holistic practitioner and co-creator of wholeness. ​I am here to support you on your journey back to yourself. ​I am proud to provide an assortment of offerings including coaching, family dynamic exploration, grounding techniques, distance reiki sessions, a sense of humor, inner child work, intuitive healing, and an unwavering compassion for the human condition. Working towards becoming more aware of your body is a gateway to being in your bodies and having access to your full self. I believe that healing work is collaborative and I will create a space of nonjudgement for us to explore your reality together.

I pride myself on being perceptive, non-judgemental, quick witted, humorous, honest, and compassionate. I like to work with folks who are interested in discovering the inner workings of their hearts and minds, who are committed to growth, and who are ready to collaborate on their healing process. I do my best to show up in a way that respects and uplifts your lived experience. Social justice discussions are honored in my healing space. I am LGBTQ affirming, available to explore social location, aware of systems of oppression, and accountable for my words and actions. ​

My education and life experience has led me to a more holistic approach to healing and growth. I have the credentials to be a traditional therapist and in order to provide all of my skill set, I have moved away from solely offering talk therapy. I will still use my education to support you while including “alternative” healing modalities like reiki and somatics for a well rounded experience.

I hold a masters degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy from Lewis and Clark College as well as a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon. I have 20 years experience working with individuals, children, and families in varied therapeutic settings. I specialized in Sex Therapy for my masters with a focus in social equity. I earned my mastership in reiki, run breathwork sessions, guide meditations, and speak fluent spiritualese. 

Now accepting new clients.

Accepts private pay only. 

To schedule with Gillian, please CONTACT US HERE

Becca Perry

“I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.” – Hafiz

I have been practicing somatic counseling techniques since 1998, when I embarked on a six-month training in holistic peer support. I brought this training and awareness into my participation in the experiential personal-growth workshops Naka Ima and later Heart of Now, which I started facilitating in 2004. In 2009, I became a student of Vajrayana Buddhism, in a lineage that incorporates somatic awareness into meditation practice. I have also completed Hakomi training, a 2-year course on using mindfulness in counseling.

I have a lifelong love of both the outdoors and dance. I get out on outdoor adventures whenever I can, and I currently co-facilitate outdoor ecstatic dance. I believe that nature is inherently healing. I also believe in the healing power of relationship and enjoy leading groups and working with couples. 

I take a whole-person approach to counseling and group work, drawing upon insights from body, heart, and mind. I encourage self-compassion and acceptance of the parts of ourselves that sometimes seem to thwart our goals for personal growth, holding them as a source of information about what needs to be seen and healed. I also view the individual within the context of the systems and environment that shape their lives. I work collaboratively, with deep respect for each person’s individual journey.

My approach invites gentle presence with the self, with others, and with our surroundings. If there are blocks to presence, we explore them somatically while also noticing and challenging limiting thoughts that keep us stuck in old patterns.

“When we connect to the body’s innate wisdom, we begin to come into authentic relationship with the deepest part of ourselves. By opening completely to our experience in each moment, we learn to open more fully to others and to all of reality. We become less bound by fear and experience a greater sense of true freedom: freedom based on opening toward rather than avoiding the people and situations of our lives. We discover our unique gifts by paying attention to the natural longing of our hearts.”~Becca

Now accepting new clients.

Accepts private pay and in network with the following insurance: OHP PacificSource Community Solutions only. 

To schedule with Becca, please CONTACT US HERE.

Solomon Buccola

I have a memory from the age of eight or nine of pressing my hands into the grass and pondering, with curiosity and wonder, about the nature of consciousness and its meaning. Questions such as these, about the mind and the human condition, have been important to me from early life and have guided my course of study and self-cultivation. About 10 years after my initial training as a therapist, I experienced a series of life crises, which compelled me to learn how to accept and work with those destabilizing forces, turning them into a catalyst toward a deeper clarity and rootedness. Now, through a thoughtful and experience-embracing practice, I am able to help others transform the full range of hardships, trials, and griefs into a path of greater wellness and personal empowerment.

In addition to my master’s degree in psychology from Saybrook University, with an emphasis on humanistic approaches and a degree in Classical Chinese Medicine from NUNM. I also bring an in-depth pursuit of a variety of the world’s wisdom traditions and corresponding personal practice. Pursuit of these traditions has brought me a variety of perspectives on matters such as wholeness, pain, dysfunction, and life’s sacredness. Through them I have also learned and practiced a range of techniques for drawing on our depths as a healing resource. I studied qi gong for four years under Master Pikshan Ko and have been a long-term Vajrayana Buddhist practitioner, currently under the guidance of Lama Gyalsten. I have completed a number of month-long meditation retreats, several of them in isolation. I have also had sustained relationships with Orthodox Christianity and the Lakota Ways.

A major focus of my practice is helping clients arrive at an attentive understanding of their inner forces (such as beliefs, feelings, and urges) and bringing these into integration. In this way, instead of feeling powerless, hopeless, overwhelmed, or threatened by their challenges, they can  embody an open authenticity that is fully alive and empowered. Instead of holding a fixed perspective, I treat each session as a collaborative exploration. Consequently, session structure and activities can vary widely depending on client needs, all while tracking actively toward real and palpable growth and relief from suffering. I draw on a range of frameworks and techniques, ranging from cognitive-behavioral to transpersonal, and including attachment theory, ego state, embodiment practice,  ritual, visualization, inner journeying, and spiritual resourcing.

Now accepting new clients.

Accepts private pay and in network with the following insurance: OHP PacificSource Community Solutions only. 

To schedule with Solomon, please CONTACT US HERE.