Hello, my name is Justin (he/him). I may look like normative hetero (cis) white Portland guys, but as a member of the LGBTQIA and ally to BIPOC communities,i know experience matters. My spiritual values have always encompassed feminism and neurodiversity, and I have devoted myself to the spiritual principles of compassion, non-judgment, and service. I specialize in group counseling, couples counseling, addictions, anxiety, grief, personality disorders, and spiritual growth by focusing on feelings, relationships, and including experience in shadow work and existential counseling. My training includes a variety of religious and spiritual traditions and I don't proselytize.
I've done everything the hard way so that you don't have to.
Growing up as one of six kids, my family was regularly strapped for cash and moved from rental to rental. My father became a full-blown alcoholic and my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 12. I have survived a great deal of loss and struggled with demons to become a strong beacon for others who need to grieve.
Impulsive decisions and avoiding consequences became my coping strategies until my mother passed away when I was 18, which set me on a course to better know myself. I became more aware of my problem behaviors through philosophy, spiritual practices, counseling, and meditation. My career course was set pretty early, and accelerated an already-rapid personal growth process.
I understand what it means to change. Even if you've been struggling for a long time, I believe you can change, heal, and flourish.