"Go to the heart of your pain, and you won't find more pain, but a freedom that doesn't require the absence of pain."
I work with an open heart, sharp listening skills/intuition, and an inclusive mind-set. I have an eclectic approach, primarily utilizing Gestalt Therapy. I work with all types of people and challenges, traditional and alternative, including LGBTQ, Poly, and Kink. I believe that full, undivided presence and unconditional compassion are the necessary conditions for healing, and it is in those that I am most committed. Healing is possible for all beings, and all beings deserve this as their birthright.
Teens to adults, utilizing various methods and techniques, including Gestalt and other experiential therapies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative and Solution-Focused therapies for:
Family & Couples Counseling
Traditional and non-traditional marital therapy—dyads, triads, pods, utilizing a variety of methods and exercises to increase connection and freedom, understanding and insight, including:
Groups provide an opportunity for the most effective and accelerated growth, challenging clients on all levels. Open or closed groups, themed or not, Gestalt or process groups—grow, connect with others, hone your communication skills and heal:
Akiva is available for workshops for small and large groups of school personnel, businesses, non-profit organizations, and private groups, on diverse topics including but not limited to:
Licensed Professional Counselor in Ashland, Oregon
Akiva DeJack, a 30-year Licensed Professional Counselor, offers hope through treatment of anxiety, depression, and addiction; with couples therapy, alternative relationships and sexuality, as well as individual and spiritual growth. He does this work well because he does his own work and has learned to help others heal.
Akiva went to a 12-step program for adult children of alcoholics in his early 20's. He risked sharing what he was most ashamed of, and was met with unconditional compassion. He’s been using this powerful formula ever since. Compassion is central to his work: “Simply put, love is what heals.”
With a graduate degree in Community Counseling from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Akiva has worked as a professor, a non-profit manager, and supervisor of other clinicians for much of his career until he realized that what he loves most is effecting positive change in the lives of his clients. Akiva's personal statement is, "my religion is gratitude, and my practice is surrender." He lives and works in the beautiful Rogue Valley on a 10 acre farm/animal sanctuary with his family, including his partner, 3 dogs, 7 cats, 2 pigs, 5 goats, 2 sheep, 2 cows, a horse, 3 parrots, and a large flock of poultry.
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with the State of Oregon