Go beyond “just talking.” Find true connection.

Do any of these sound like you?

Highly Sensitive – exquisitely and sometimes painfully aware of the feelings of others, ever-vigilant to others’ responses toward you (Which can get paralyzing fast!).


Smart – possibly so smart that you can talk yourself out of your feelings and instincts. Trapped by trying to think your way out of feelings.

Shamed, guilty – feeling like you’re not enough, or you’re too much – or both. Trying to improve yourself again and again, but there’s the nagging despair that something’s wrong with you.

You’ve talked your way through therapy before…

…but without deep change happening in your emotions, beliefs, or relationships.

You have more insight, but the change just doesn’t seem to take root inside.

Parts of your childhood left you feeling frightened, alone, or unwanted.

You’re left with impossibly high expectations of yourself.

Compassion for other people – you’ve got it.

Compassion for yourself – not so much.

Even though your work is highly respected, your close relationships are difficult, and you struggle to reach out from a genuine place that can connect you to others.

Or you keep reaching out, keep talking, and yet, something still aches inside. It feels like nobody gets it.

It’s time for something deeper, more interactive, more lasting.

Stop doubting your own worth.

Achieving your dreams is possible, so don’t let perfectionism, fear, or shame make it harder to finish them, or to take on new projects.

It’s time to stop disowning your own depth, your own feelings, and the richness you bring. Do the work that finally lets you honor and claim all of yourself and lets the true you be seen and known.

If you need to get past challenges, get unstuck, honor your sensitivity and smarts, and pursue the depth in life and relationships you really want, I’d like to meet you!

Hi, I’m Michaela.

I love working with people like you!

I love to help you to stop feeling stranded and alone, to end the fear that no one can understand you, and to help you find an affirming experience from the first moment we meet.

“I know it’s safe in here because your words, your posture, your laugh — they all tell me it’s really okay to bring all of me here. It’s a sense of safety I’ve needed for a long time.”

Some of my clients worked hard to get themselves to therapy.

They started out unsure of themselves. They were afraid of yet one more situation where they’d feel misunderstood. Maybe they felt close to giving up, on counseling or on themselves.

Coming to counseling is a leap of faith, or an act of honoring yourself, even when you’re not sure that you can get better.


Not every counselor, not even every good counselor, is the right counselor for you.

It takes resonance. It takes connection. It takes feeling understood.

Would you like to meet me? Reach out for your first appointment on my work with me page. 

“Counseling with you was so different! I’d worked with 6 different people  before I found you, and while they were nice, I couldn’t stop the circling in my head so I didn’t really get anywhere. You helped me to find my deeper emotions, got me in touch with my body, and helped me to really experience something new and profound with you. I’m more confident, centered, and connected because of our work.”

Author: Michaela Lonning

I'm a counselor in Corvallis, Oregon, and I work mostly with intelligent and sensitive people who are struggling with a sense of connection to themselves or in their relationships. Near Corvallis? Come see me. Not near Corvallis? I work with clients around the world via Skype: Come see me.