Emily Chavez-Nguyen, MA

Professional Counselor Associate, LMHCA, NCC


Sometimes as human beings, we feel the need to segregate parts of ourselves to make others or our environments safer and more comfortable. At work, we may let our structured, formal-self show, while pushing away our sensitivity and personal identity. In our community, we may feel comfortable to express our sexuality, but hide our spirituality for fear of rejection. The result is a fragmented human, with nowhere to be fully alive, to be entirely you.

When I approach therapy, I believe that all parts of my clients belong, even the ones that seem completely contradictory. I see my job as walking with clients through a path where the destination is blurry. We may explore old side trails, acknowledging how the past forms who they are, but also how it might no longer serve them. I walk with my clients as they gain their own awareness, discover both who they are and who they want to be, become integrated, and begin to see how to live authentically. All the while, I strive to create a supportive therapeutic relationship where clients feel safe to explore new paths as well, and know that they belong, no matter who they are. When their destination is clear, I step aside, knowing they are capable without me, and I will always remain cheering them on.

I use a Humanistic – Gestalt – Existential approach which has adaptability to fit every client, and the unique human being that they are.  Sometimes this includes art or movement, writing or speaking, exploring or resting, process or content, and it almost always includes humor.

Areas of Experience
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Young Adults
  • Getting un-stuck
  • LGBTQ +
  • Spirituality
  • Integration of Sexuality/Gender Identity with Spirituality
  • Relationship Issues
  • Somatic Experiences/ Body Symptoms
  • Personal Growth

I hold a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from CACREP accredited Western Seminary. I have education around the enneagram, and frequently integrate this into my counseling. I also have training in working from Gottman couples therapy methods, Mindfulness-based stress reduction, DBT (Dialectic behavior therapy) and MBT (metallization based therapy).  My education has prepared me to work with people struggling with many different clinical issues, but also with issues of spiritually where I hold training and competency. I value exploring with those who feel they must live “double lives”, rather than allowing all parts of themselves into every aspect of their life.

I began my clinical work at Shepherds Gate Counseling in 2017, located in Denver Colorado. From there, I moved on to A New Day Counseling practice in January 2018 located in Portland. Here I was able to refine my skills in working with young adults in transition stages of life.  I then spent over a year in clinical work at Community Services North West in Vancouver WA. Here I worked with low-income individuals of all ages and genders with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, addiction, homelessness, life transitions, LGBTQ issues, polyamory, lack of fulfillment, personality differences and more.

As a Professional Counselor Associate in the State of Oregon, I practice under the supervision of Natasha Laumei, MA, LPC. I also receive supervision for couples therapy from Sarah Pattee, LPC.

Finding the right counselor for you is an important part of the therapy process. To help you know if we will work well together I offer an initial consultation - either in-person or over the phone - free of charge.

My fee structure works as follows:

  • 30 min initial consultation: Free of charge
  • 50 min adult (18 or older) individual session: $105
  • 50 min adolescent (13-17) individual session: $135
  • 90 min partner/couples session: $145

I offer a limited number of spaces with a sliding scale based on financial need.

I currently accept cash, check, and debit/credit card. Payment is due at the end of each session. In the event you need to cancel your appointment, a 24- hour notice is required to avoid being charged for the session.

I do not accept insurance; however, we are set up to take FSA/HSA cards.

The most powerful tool in therapy is the relationship built by our therapists and their clients. That’s why we offer a free 30-minute consultation to determine if we’d be a good fit.


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