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“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: “When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence?” ~Gabrielle Roth
As the founder of Creative Spirit Collaborative and the Foundation for Alternative Healing, my intention in my work with clients is to be a steward of healing of wise relationships between humanity and nature, plants, and animals as well as wise relationships with the lost dark, creative, light, and inspirational parts of ourselves. This type of work is the most profound honor and adventure of my lifetime.
My life long history with dance and befriending the earth and animals from a young age has guided me to the Somatics and Ecopsychology approaches used at CSC. My interests in harmonizing my work with the earth, embodiment and movement, expressive arts, and mindfulness/meditation deepened during my academic work. My Master’s Degree from Naropa University in Wilderness Therapy was founded on Transpersonal Psychology. During this grad program I had an incredible opportunity to cross-pollinate with studies in an eclectic variety of healing practices such as Ecopsychology, Expressive Arts and Somatics. My Bachelor’s Degree from Bastyr University emphasized nutrition, exercise, and alternative healing practices such as yoga and qi gong.
I am a lover of learning and I continue to evolve through additional ongoing education including a year long nature based meditation training, Awake in the Wild Teacher Training with Mark Coleman, Practical Animism and Animist Psychology with Dr Danial Foor, and a Jungian Certificate from the Zur Institute. I have also studied Yoga philosophy in depth since 2010 with teacher Dave Curtis’s Aksara Yoga and have had an ongoing yoga and meditation practice since 2000. The heart of my connection with the earth is further woven into my life through regular wilderness solos starting in 2005 which I have continued since then, every few years with a variety of teachers. I have also continued various embodiment practices in Authentic Movement, BodyMind Centering, Continuum Movement, and Tamalpa Life Art Process as well as various breathwork practices. I also had additional training as a Life Wellness Coach from WellCoaches in 2003.
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.
“Enchantment is the oldest form of medicine.” ~Carl Jung
“People need celebration in their life. It’s part of what it means to be human. We need magic, bliss, …myth, and celebration in our lives. And music (and movement and art) is a good way to encapsulate a lot of it.” ~Jerry Garcia
Not currently accepting new therapy clients, please contact us about being added to her waitlist. Accepts private pay and in network with the following insurance: OHP PacificSource Community Solutions, PacificSource Commercial/Private, Cigna, Kaiser NW, BCBS, Moda.
If you’d like to explore other ways to work with her, Rachelle is also a rotating facilitator in our Nature as Teacher & Healer and Breathwork Journey community groups, and offers individual coaching, breathwork, and meditation instruction.
“ 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.
Not currently accepting new therapy clients, please contact us about being added to his waitlist. Accepts private pay and in network with the following insurance: OHP PacificSource Community Solutions, PacificSource Commercial/Private, Cigna, Kaiser NW, BCBS, Moda.
If you’d like to explore other ways to work with him, Jonathan is also a facilitator in our Tending the Soul group.
“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, 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 body 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.
Traditional education: 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.
Alternative/Spiritual education: Gaining my reiki mastership over the course of 10 years has allowed me time to integrate the teachings into my everyday life. Energy medicine can be a helpful tool to utilize when the stories of the mind make it difficult to be with what is. Astrology, archetypes, tarot, ritual and ceremony are all lenses that I look through when designing healing programs with clients. I love conversations about spiritual awakenings, empathic abilities, guides/ancestors, and intuitive knowing. 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.
“A healer does not heal you. A healer is someone who holds space for you while you awaken your inner healer, so that you may heal yourself” ~Maryam Hasna
Currently accepting new clients. Accepts private pay only.
If you’d like to explore other ways to work with her, Gillian is also a rotating facilitator in our Reiki & Sound and Honoring the Moon in Ritual community groups, and offers individual coaching and reiki.
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.
Currently accepting new clients. Accepts private pay and in network with the following insurance: OHP PacificSource Community Solutions only.
If you’d like to explore other ways to work with him, Solomon is also a facilitator in our Archetypes & Inner Journeying community group.
“I hope you will go out and let stories, that is life, happen to you, and that you will work with these stories from your life–not someone else’s life–water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom. That is the work. The only work.” ~Clarissa Pinkola Estes
As humans, we were not designed to move through life alone. I am here to be a witness and provide a container for you to tell your story, feel, move, & express your authentic self within the safety of relationship. Each person is innately different and composed of many aspects that create an individual You. For this reason, each therapeutic relationship and combination of practices we use will function differently. My therapeutic foundation encompasses the power of collaborative relationship, connection to the Earth, and knowing that the mind and body only work in ways to keep you safe. Together we will journey inside your experience and find the alchemy of turning what has been overwhelming into overcoming.
One way I work with individuals is through long-term psychotherapy. My work with clients is infused with my values of playfulness, curiosity, acceptance, empathy, and safety. I facilitate counseling for individuals with a trauma-informed, holistic, integrative therapeutic approach. We will incorporate your biology and the innate capacity for your body to re-learn safety. As well as utilizing the mind-body-spirit connection, the body can regulate and process a wide range of experiences. This integrated approach will extend beyond traditional talk therapy and may include: mindfulness, breath-work, movement, meditation, creative arts, nature, ceremony, emotional embodiment, and yoga. This mixed style will build upon your internal resources of connection, curiosity, courage, and your own unique spark; from there, your path of weaving life purpose and healing will be illuminated.
Another option to work together would be through short-term services of: 1:1 trauma-informed therapeutic yoga, cultivating individual ceremony or ritual, or building relationships with your nature, spiritual, or ancestral connections. According to Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk, research has shown that for many people, yoga is more effective, long-term, than any other mental health medication on the market. While ritual and ceremony create personalized, tangible experiences that one may need to honor, process, and move through a life severance, threshold, or incorporation. I have supported ceremonies for grief, anger, shame, fear, life transition, chronic illness, end of relationship, and trauma. Lastly, cultivating relationships with the plants, animals, and spirit energies that surround and desire to connect with you can deeply improve your sense of belonging, connection to the web of life, and life purpose. If you’re interested in one of these services, please feel free to reach out to talk more.
“The body is always present, it is the mind that is a time-traveler.” ~Unknown
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor for the state of Oregon. I completed a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. I am a certified level 1 clinical trauma professional who focuses on the neurobiological legacy of trauma. My yogic and Eastern philosophy background was cultivated from 10 years of personal practice, 200hr yoga instructor, NeuroMeditation: Level 1, and trauma-informed, brain sensitive yoga trainings. I am also Reiki certified. Other personal practices that have deeply impacted my therapeutic approach include Astrology, Practical Animism by Dr. Daniel Foor, ceremony and ritual, relationship with the land, poetry, art expression, and personal rites of passage with Cascadia Quest.
Not currently accepting long-term psychotherapy clients. Accepting short-term clients for supplemental support through private pay, Pacific Source commercial/private, Pacific Source, OHP Pacific Source Community Solutions, BCBS, Kaiser, and Mood insurances.
If you’d like to explore other ways to work with her, Emily is also a rotating facilitator in our Honoring the Moon in Ritual community group, and offers individual therapeutic ceremony and meditation instruction.
“These are some good questions to ask till one decides on the song, one’s true song: What has happened to my soul-voice? What are the buried bones of my life? In what condition is my relationship to the instinctual Self? When was the last time I ran free? How do I make life come alive again?”
-Clarissa Pinkola Estés
I believe that you are the expert on you. My intention is to walk alongside you on your healing journey and co-create a container where you can discover the strengths and resources that you have within yourself—where you can connect and reconnect with your Self. My approach to therapy is integrative and collaborative. I work from a person-centered, trauma-informed, and holistic approach. I draw primarily from Internal Family Systems (IFS), somatic approaches, Gestalt, and the Adaptive Information Processing Model (which guides EMDR). I am trained in Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Oregon and work with ages 14+. I completed my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at George Fox University. I also hold a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Concordia University. I have previous counseling experience working in community mental health with a focus on the LGBTQ+ community, and a multicultural counseling program working with refugee communities. I have experience through my social work background in case management, residential treatment with teens, and working at a domestic violence shelter. I recognize the impact that systems of oppression have on mental health and am committed to utilizing an anti-oppressive approach in my work.
“Where we are born into privilege, we are charged with dismantling any myth of supremacy. Where we are born into struggle, we are charged with claiming our dignity, joy and liberation.”
-Adrienne Maree Brown
I believe my best training comes from moving through my own healing journey. I have personally benefited from modalities that expand beyond traditional psychotherapy, such as shamanic work, yoga, meditation, nature therapy, and reiki, and feel called to share the tools that have been so helpful for me with others. I believe nature is medicine and love incorporating movement and time outdoors into sessions. I enjoy bringing spirituality into counseling and supporting those healing from religious and/or spiritual trauma.
“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”
Not currently accepting new clients, please contact us about being added to her waitlist. Accepts private pay and in network with the following insurance: Regence/BCBS, Kaiser NW, OHP PacificSource and PacificSource Commercial, and Moda.
If you’d like to explore other ways to work with her, Olivia is also a facilitator in our Tending the Soul group.
“You do not consist of the elements: earth, water, fire, air, or even akasha. To be liberated, know yourself as consisting of consciousness, the witness of these.” -Ashtavakra Gita
I am a renaissance man with a deep love and curiosity for the natural world. Along my journey, I’ve been a bartender, janitor, radio dream interpreter, research project manager, spiritual teacher, business owner, author, minister, and throughout them all, a student of meditation. I began my inner journey during my last year at Texas A&M University in 2007, and earned my Doctorate of Divinity from the School of Metaphysics (SOM) in 2016. My influences include ancient texts and philosophies ranging from the Upanishads to the Tao, Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and practices from Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Pema Chodron, mystery schools including SOM and the Golden Dawn, and embodied awareness from teachers like Philip Shepherd and Richard Rudd (and the Gene Keys system).
At heart, I’m a spiritual teacher, and the most fulfilling work I do involves helping others remember their wholeness. I truly believe that each of us has a core-centered place of awareness and intuition, beyond the head-dominant perspective of most of our society, today. I also believe that we are dynamic, spiritual beings who are deeply interconnected with each other and with the natural world. Much of our collective work now involves slowing down, listening, and remembering that we grow like trees. In this light, meditation is one of the most powerful, profound practices for self-discovery and well-being. In an effort to promote the importance of mental health and self-care, I now work to bring the myriad benefits of meditation to individuals, groups, corporations, and communities, both in-person and online. At CSC I’m grateful to work with people in both group and individual settings, bringing my passion for the esoteric secrets of nature and mindfulness.
Until we connect in-session or during community events, may you be happy, healthy, and at peace!
Currently accepting new clients. Accepts private pay only.
If you’d like to explore working with him, Brenton is a rotating facilitator in our Nature as Teacher & Healer, Reiki & Sound, and Breathwork Journey community groups, and offers individual coaching, rebirthing breathwork, meditation instruction, and therapeutic ceremony.
“The Great Turning turns my face towards the possible and helps me live with radical uncertainty. It causes me to believe that, whether we succeed or not, the risks we take on behalf of life will bring forth dimensions of human intelligence and solidarity beyond any we have known.” -Joanna Macy
Hello! Nurtured by collaboration, I am drawn toward holistically-oriented projects that aim to bring about paths of connection and healing for individual, collective, and planetary health and well-being. I am inspired by the transformative possibilities that can arise as we ground into our interdependence, nurturing our relationships with nature, self, and community. In these spaces, we can align with the mystery and beauty of life, feel into the belonging in our pain and joy, and begin to clarify and re-envision our ways of being so that all life forms may thrive. These times connect us with the depths of our experience, our shared humanity. By remembering ourselves as part of nature, we bring critical healing to the human-nature relationship.
Over the years, I have worked in social services in varied settings and capacities, including mental, behavioral, and integrative health with communities across the lifespan. I have valued the opportunity to work closely with children, adolescents, adults, families, and those nearing the end of life to develop meaningful and supportive relationships rooted in working together towards healing and transformation. A call to deepen my offerings and understanding of the multi-faceted range of ways our health and well-being are influenced, from the micro to the macro, led me to graduate studies in Holistic Health. Within this program, I focused on the human-nature relationship, paradigm shift and social change, community-based explorations of consciousness, and creative arts in the healing journey. I integrate this learning and experience into my personal/professional life, offering a lens rooted in holism, interconnectedness, empathy, and eco-consciousness.
I am grateful to be joining Creative Spirit Collaborative as part of the admin team, community outreach, and group development. Originally from Minnesota, I recently moved here, drawn by the landscape and a sense of the innovative community-based programming that is taking place in this area. Uplifted by ongoing learning and development, recent connections include: nature-based programming for communities experiencing barriers to accessing nature (e.g. long-term and rehabilitative care), community-based holistic education, Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects, archetype and story, vipassana/insight meditation, social/racial/environmental justice, permaculture design, systems thinking/living systems, honoring of cycles/rhythms, cultures/places of origin as a resource in the health and healing journey, deep time/universe story explorations, evolution of consciousness/conscious evolution, and eco-minded creative arts. Through this ongoing engagement, I find potent opportunities for connection, meaning, and alignment and I hope to incorporate some of this learning into our group offerings at CSC. I look forward to connecting in community with you!
If you’d like to explore working with her, Erin is a facilitator in our Archetypes & Inner Journeying community group.