Marriage and Family Therapy Intern
I work with individuals (teens and adults) and couples while incorporating a body-centered, mindful approach to therapy. Together, we will cultivate a space of compassion, curiosity, and kindness, where you are allowed to experience and explore all of the parts of yourself as they arise. I hope to create a relationship with you that fosters safety, acceptance, and ultimately courage to change. Whether you are struggling in your relationships, battling depression or anxiety, or perhaps you simply feel stressed, therapy can help!
Instead of only talking about a problem, we will gently engage your struggle in the mindful, present moment. As we explore your experience in the here-and-now with a curious awareness, we can help identify parts of you that are hurting while learning more deeply about what they need to find peace. Our work together can help uncover your strengths, heal your internal wounds, and help you discover in yourself a deep self-acceptance.
Who I see
- Individual Therapy – teens (14+), young adults, and adults
- Couples Therapy
Issues I Treat
- Intimacy and Relationship Issues
- Premarital Counseling
- Men’s Issues
- Depression and Anxiety
- Self Esteem
- Life Transitions
I utilize a body-centered and mindfulness-based approach to therapy while also incorporating an internal family systems (IFS) framework. This means that together we will often shift focus inwards, identifying the parts of ourselves which often emerge in therapy while engaging with them from a sense of curiosity and mindfulness. As we explore a topic, we may pause to notice what is happening within ourselves in the present moment, working to feel the experience rather than simply talking about it. This may be in the form of physical sensations, thoughts, emotions, memories, or more.
I am currently being taught methods of Hakomi Therapy, a mindfulness-based, body-centered, and experiential approach from Mindful and Experiential Therapeutic Approaches (M.E.T.A., LLC) in Portland, Oregon. As we continue to access and deepen our awareness of our internal parts, Hakomi allows us to foster healing and movement through the use of little experiments in therapy.
I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle), and my heart has always resided in the beautiful outdoor scenery in this area. I earned my B.A. from Carroll College in Helena, MT, and returned to Seattle to complete my M.A. in a Spiritually Integrated Couples and Family Therapy program from Seattle University. I found an interest in therapy through my experience working in inpatient mental health and have spent close to two years as a therapist with couples, families, and students through the non-profit Bainbridge Youth Services. I also have multiple years’ experience with ecumenical and interreligious relations during my time as a graduate student.
Standard 50 Minute Session: $80
Free Pre-Therapy Consultation: I want to make sure that you feel comfortable with me as your therapist, and that we would be a good fit together. Prior to any therapy with me, I offer a free, 30 minute consultation, either in person or over the phone. This is a chance for you to ask me questions, for me to learn about you, and for us to determine together if we are a good fit. If not, we can work together to connect you to another therapist or services that might meet your needs.
Sliding Scale: I offer a limited amount of sliding scale fees, for those who cannot afford the full price of therapy. Please feel free to inquire.
Payment Options: Payment is accepted as cash, check, or card. As a registered intern in the state of Oregon, I cannot accept insurance; however I can provide a receipt of service which can often be reimbursed for an out of network provider.
Spencer Byl, MA
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Intern #R5584
Clinical Supervisor: Barbara Segal
MindTree Holistic Counseling & Wellness Center LLC
5440 SW Westgate Dr # 210
Portland, Oregon 97221