About Kelly Murray

Licensed Professional Counselor #C262 in the state of Oregon.

My education includes a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College (2008) and a Bachelors degree in psychology from Portland State University (2005). 

I have been in private practice since 2013. I use both expressive, somatic and cognitive and behavioral approaches to individualize treatment. I primarily use Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic approaches, Gestalt and Dialectical Behavior Therapy in my practice. 


My style is warm, relational and direct.


I have extensive experience working with those struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, relationship issues, addictions and life transitions. 

I started my therapy career in 2006. I began my work interning as a therapist in an outpatient setting working with adults struggling with substance abuse in downtown Portland. In 2007,  I completed my graduate internship working with at-risk youth in SE Portland. In 2008, I worked as a therapist in a residential setting for adult women who struggled with addiction, mood disorders, eating disorders and trauma for three years.

I obtained my license by the Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists in 2011.  After receiving my license, I began working in outpatient settings working at Lifeworks NW and Portland DBT/ Portland DBT Institute.

I became intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy by Behavioral Tech LLC (Marsha Linehan’s training company) in 2012-2013. 

I have trained with Be Nourished in Portland, OR and have taught at Lewis & Clark College’s Graduate School of Counseling Psychology as an adjunct faculty (2013-2014) and Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research (2017-2018).

I have completed the Level 1 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Instuite trauma training (2015) and am presently involved in the Level II training (2018 – 2019) focusing on somatic therapy, emotion processing, character strategies and attachment repair.  

I have Gestalt training through the Gestalt Therapy Training Center Northwest with Steve Zahm Ph.D and Eva Gold Ph.D in Portland, OR (2014-2015) as well as other Gestalt trainings at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA.

I have trained in Hakomi through M.E.T.A. (2016)with the Hakomi Institute of California in Berkeley, CA (2016).

As a member of the Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists I am required to complete 40 credits of Continuing Education in Counseling Psychology/Ethics every two years. 


More about me ….


I completed a 200 hour vinyasa yoga teacher training in 2011 in Portland, OR and traveled to Southern India (Kerala).

I am a native Oregonian. I grew up in Salem, OR and moved to Portland in 2001.

When I am not working, I enjoy music, reading, movement of all kinds, travel, films, plays, the outdoors, eating the wonderful food Portland has to offer and time with my son and cats. 



I love being a therapist.

I find great joy and meaning in helping people grow into themselves.


Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor