Mindful Place Counseling & Stress Reduction Denise Gour, LCSW 503.860.1227
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About Me


     My therapeutic focus helps people reduce their stress and learn to navigate adversity with more self-compassion, clarity and ease.   I have over 20 years experience working in Portland with adults and families facing complex issues related to parenting, relationships, depression and anxiety, and recovery from addictions.  I also offer presentations and trainings for health care providers, schools, and businesses interested in using mindfulness and stress reduction skills in the workplace. 

     I am deeply inspired by the courage and perseverance shown by the wonderful people I am privileged to work with.  I find purpose and connection in my life by joining with all who are willing to face life's challenges with a compassionate heart and the abiding strength of a good sense of humor.   

Experience in Mental Health and Addictions

Private Practice                                                 2006-to date
   Therapeutic counseling for stress, relationships,
    depression, anxiety, and addiction recovery.
    Group facilitation for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction,
     Depression, and Addiction Relapse Prevention.  
    Yoga for emotional balance and well-being 
Volunteers of America Oregon 
    Mindfulness Consultant and Instructor            2008 to date
    Women's Residential Treatment Center
    Prison Re-Entry Program Director                   2004-2006
     On going Consultant                                           to date
Cascadia Behavioral HealthCare                           1996-2008
    Therapist and Consultant
Metropolitan Family Service
   Adult and Family Support Program Director      1996-2004

Mindfulness Trainer & Consultant

Women's Residential Treatment Program, Volunteers of America Oregon
eMindful, a leading provider of evidence-based programs targeting health care
Mindful Medicine, Portland based non-profit addressing health care provider stress
 InAct, Gambling Addiction Treatment, Volunteers of America Oregon
Tulane University School of Social Work, New Orleans LA
NIKE, Inc Sustainable Business, Portland OR
Oregon Attorney Assistance Program, Portland
Oregon Mediation Association, Portland
Tuality Healthcare, Hillsboro, Oregon
UCSF Medical School, Opiate Addictions Unit, San Francisco
InsightLA Center for Mindfulness, Los Angeles
Against the Stream Buddhist Center, Los Angeles
Align Integrative Wellness Centers, San Francisco, CA and Portland, OR
See True Mindfulness Center, Maastricht, Netherlands

My Education and Training

Continuing Professional Education                  30 hrs/year
     Includes studies in neuropsychology, mind-body practices for treating stress, addictions, depression, anxiety, grief, and trauma.
 Professional Mindfulness Based Course Instructor Training
Stress Reduction, Relapse Prevention for Addictions, Depression, 
and Mindful Self-Compassion 
Omega Institute and UC San Diego School of Medicine          2009
Professional Yoga Instructor Training - Yoga Union, Portland 2007
Licensure by Oregon State Board of Clinical Social Workers  1999
Masters in Social Work, Portland State University  1996
Bachelors in Science, Communications, University of Texas, Austin  1974


    I was born in Miami, grew up in New Orleans, married in San Francisco, had two daughters in Los Angeles and chose to settle with my husband and children in SE Portland 29 years ago.
    I continue to appreciate living in the Northwest.  When not working, I love visiting my daughters in Seattle and LA, practicing yoga, and traveling with my husband to faraway places. 

Kerala, India