Ken Gilbert is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC-A). Ken started in the field as a wilderness therapy field instructor in 2015, working almost exclusively with young adult men struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health issues. Drawing upon his experience in wilderness, Ken began his graduate studies and worked as a Clinical Assistant for several years while completing his master’s degree in counseling. Upon graduating, Ken worked as a lead wilderness therapist working with young adult men struggling with substance abuse, trauma, and a variety of mental health issues.
In addition to over six years of wilderness therapy work, Ken also worked in an inpatient psychiatric unit for adults. It was here that Ken worked with clients with complex trauma, chronic suicidality, and significant attachment struggles. Both environments showed him the power of deep, experiential therapy that looks at family of origin, attachment, and the cultivation of relationship. Ken believes strongly through his experience that the client-therapist relationship is the greatest change agent.
Ken is trained in Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR and uses it regularly with clients. He believes in the importance of therapists continually doing their own work, and modeling humanity for clients in an effort to heal historical relational wounds. Ken has experience leading intensive psychoeducational and experiential family workshops, and believes that the entire system needs to heal, rather than focusing exclusively on the “identified patient.”
In his downtime, Ken enjoys surfing in the Deschutes River, hanging out with his wife, and rooting for his beloved Buffalo Bills on Sundays.