Existential Humanistic NorthWest Affiliates


Our diverse team of professional affiliates includes the following Existential-Humanistic mental health professionals and students located in and around the Portland metro area.

If you are interested in becoming a professional affiliate, please see Affiliation Opportunities above. Note that being added to the Affiliate Directory is subject to board discretion.

Michael Running

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern


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For me, becoming a counselor integrates purpose, meaning, and personhood. Much of what I bring to therapy is informed by the near-decade I spent as a Buddhist monk both in the U.S. and overseas in Taiwan. While monastic life is quite varied, for me the continuous self-development, study, and mindfulness practice were hallmarks of my time. This deeply transformative and dedicated experience continues to unfold in meaning and purpose today.

I graduated from Portland State University with a master’s degree in counseling focusing on relationships and individuals. Concurrent with the accredited counseling program at PSU, I also received extensive training in Gestalt therapy, somatic psychotherapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in the Portland area. I completed my year-long internship at the Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches (M.E.T.A.) Counseling Clinic, am a National Certified Counselor, and a registered Licensed Professional Counselor Intern with the Oregon Board of Licensed Counselors and Therapists.

I have served on the board of the Oregon Counseling Association and the Oregon Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences, and am a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences, Existential-Humanist Northwest, and the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy.