Meet Ava

Meet Ava

Ava is a Certified Hakomi Therapist & Licensed Professional Counselor

Looking for real and lasting change? 

It is my passion to create a safe environment where you are embraced as you are today while being supported in becoming the person you want to be.  

Each clients needs are different, I attune to your unique system and meet you where you are. I see the wholeness of every person and assume an interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit.   I'm passionate about helping you connect clearly with yourself and others so you can live your most authentic, empowered, and fulfilling life. Using present moment experience in sessions, I encourage non-judgmental exploration of unconscious material that affect how you live in either supportive or non-supportive ways. This helps shift old unhelpful patterns while also building on your unique strengths and innate resources.

I work with individuals, couples, and welcome the LGBTQ community.

Formal Education and Training:  

  • Certified Hakomi Therapist
  • Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health
  • Graduate of the Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches (M.E.T.A.’s) two year Comprehensive training. This specialized training is based on The Hakomi Method and The Re-Creation of the Self Model for Human Systems
  • Completed M.E.T.A.'s Attachment Module and Trauma Module 
  • Completed M.E.T.A.'s Interpersonal Skills Training
  • Completed M.E.T.A.'s Attachment in Couples Therapy Training
  • Extensive training in Non-Violent Communication (NVC). Co-facilitated NVC classes as a volunteer in the Oregon State Penitentiary, facilitated NVC reconciliation processes, and co-led an NVC process group

My Commitment to You

I will create a safe and welcoming container for our work together. 

I will guide the process and honor you as the expert of your own experiences.

I will see your wholeness and support you in re-connecting with and living from your Organic Self.

I will see and celebrate you exactly as you are now while supporting your organic unfolding towards greater wellbeing.

My Story

As a young adult, I connected most fully to my present moment experience while flying aerobatic airplanes, snowboarding down canyons, rock crawling the Rubicon trail and engaging in many other extreme sports.  In my mid 20’s I committed myself to the most challenging and rewarding of my great adventures; to become vulnerable, live a life in full alignment with my authentic self, and in deep connection with others.  

Earlier at 16 when I told my grandmother I would be enrolling in an Aviation Science program, knowing me so well, she suggested I become a family therapist instead. It would be 14 years before my grandmothers words would make any sense to me.  The wisdom of her years and ability to see and honor the truth beyond my story has now become a legacy I strive to embody. 

In 2007 when asked by my career counselor on our first meeting what I would do for work if anything was possible, I shared that I would be a mindfulness and somatic oriented counselor or maybe just open a shop in Jackson Hole where I could rent out gear for adventurers.  After nine months of soul searching it was an expansive feeling in my chest that told me counseling was indeed my work in the world.  I can always still be an adventurer on the weekends!  In 2008, as a slightly wiser 31 year old, I left my career in aviation and began my education in the healing arts.  One of the best choices I've ever made!

I continue to be a dedicated student of the healing arts and have enjoyed learning a specialty that aids me in providing service that can support real and lasting change. Next up, I plan on becoming a certified Hakomi teacher and offering workshops for couples in the Portland area.  These days I'm living a simple life with my wife and two dogs in SE Portland. I find great joy in connections with family, friends, and community.  And can still be found on the weekends carving snow in the winter.