Zoraya Henao LPC
Associate Practitioner & Licensed Professional Counselor
Covering Challenges Related to:
Trauma, Grief & Loss, Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Young Adult Transitions,
Self-Exploration, Spiritual growth, Parenting, and Relationship Challenges.
Individual, Couples, & Family Counseling for adults of all ages,
school-aged children & adolescents.
Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling November 2015 Walden University, Minneapolis, M
Graduate Degree/Specialty in Gestalt Therapy January 2006 Instituto Humanista de Psicoterapia Gestalt, Queretaro, Mexico
Bachelor of Education May 2002 Concentration: Educational Psychology Universidad de Montemorelos, Mexico
Specialty Training & Experience:*
Over 7 years of experience as a mental health therapist providing individual, family, couples, and group therapy.
Bilingual/Bicultural, fluent in both Spanish and English languages.
Trained in different therapeutic modalities, to include: Gestalt Therapy, CBT, Person-Centered Therapy, EMDR, Solution-Focused Therapy, and IFS.
National Certified Counselor [NCC] since 2015 in good standing.
Certified Hypnotherapist since 2015.
I am originally from Mexico; born and raised. I immigrated to the United States in my early twenties. Back then, I had a very different life planned, and my visit was only temporary. Then life happened. I ended up deciding to stay, and to try a life in this country. As the story goes, starting a new life in a different country wasn’t easy. There were years of adjusting to a different culture/language, to grieving what I had left behind, and finding myself and my purpose. After some cross country moves and a few existential crises, I ended up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, where I finished my Master’s degree, began my career, met my life partner, and made my home [away from home].
Some things I love: animals (included the humans in my life), nature, exploring the unknown, good tacos, random acts of kindness, a good laugh, kayaking, the Oregon coast, new experiences, a good mystery, interesting conversations, a cabin in the woods, serenity, authenticity, and my morning coffee.
My therapeutic approach is founded on humanistic and existential philosophies, as well as ancient healing folk practices, which place emphasis on a person’s natural tendency to thrive and achieve self-actualization. Just like any other living organism, we instinctively strive for balance (homeostasis) in our ever-changing environment. Some of these changes can be too abrupt, unexpected, painful, and difficult to adjust to. Other times we are wounded when we are most vulnerable, leaving a
mark on our being that continues to hurt as it gets triggered again and again, which can often lead to feeling "stuck", powerless, and ultimately, hopeless.
My primary role as a therapist is to facilitate the process of healing and self-discovery by working with parts of yourself that are feeling stuck, rigid, and fearful, and may be sabotaging your instinct to thrive and live authentically. The focus is to increase self-awareness, learn to live in the present moment, get to know and love yourself, and develop trust in your organisms; innate ability to heal and find its way back to balance. I offer a safe space in which all parts of you are welcomed. I offer authenticity in who I am, and genuine care for who you are, your life story, and what brings you to therapy.
Pacific Source, Regence, First Choice Health Network, Out-of- Network, & Self-Pay Insurance, MODA, OHP Trillium/Pacific Source (Medicaid).
*Specialty Training & Experience includes areas of focus and interest practitioners have obtained additional hours of training and experience in. Any specialties the practitioner has received certification in will appear under Education & Certification.