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Auer Counseling, LLC

Experienced, Compassionate Care

Nicole Auer, MA LPC

Chris Auer, MA LPC

Big Leaf

'Hope' is the thing with feathers - 
That perches in the soul - 
And sings the tune without the words - 
And never stops - at all -

Emily Dickinson


Guiding you on your individualized path to healing

Perhaps you're fatigued or anxious - maybe you're unsure about the future of a relationship, or just feel that you aren't living the life you were meant to lead.

Whatever your needs may be, we are here to offer support!

Therapy is a process of growth and self-discovery.   Our "toolkits" of holistic, somatic techniques are varied, but we are always guided by the following values:

  • A dedication to client-led inquiry (not advice-giving, but uncovering what you really want!) 

  • Unconditional positive regard

Our sessions promote behavioral transformation by encouraging the adoption of new perspectives and reactions, while working with you to uncover and transform the blocks that have prevented this change in the past.

We have the tools and professional experience to help you determine your own future.

Counseling Services

Snowy Mountains

Individual Therapy

Powerful, Tailored Treatments

Chris and Nicole each have a depth of expertise in providing individual therapy to adults, from young adults to elders. Approaches are designed to suit each individual and may include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Internal Family Systems (parts-work) informed

  • Somatic treatments - body-based mindfulness & somatic movement

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for values-based decisions and action

  • A holistic lens - respectful of your own spiritual beliefs, goals, racial background, and cultural practices 

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Teen Therapy

Supporting Youth & Families

Nicole has worked with teens for 24 years total, with 4 years working as a high school English teacher before becoming a counselor. Specializing in the following:

  • Autism-spectrum treatment and support (please note that school systems may require a diagnosis from an MD or PhD for IEP/504)

  • LGBTQ+ -identifying adolescents receive research-based and up-to-date treatment

  • Collaborative Problem Solving method and training for youth and their families to manage a wide range of behavioral needs

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Couples Therapy

Balanced, Clarifying Approach

Chris practices couples work from a place of respect and attention for both partners. 

  • Internal Family Systems (Parts Work) informed approach - potentially decreases patterns of blaming and increases solution-focused communication

About Us

Down-to-earth holistic wellness


Since 2005, we’ve helped clients learn and practice new ways to handle the issues that are standing in the way of their goals.  We have grounded, well-earned experience and practice using an array of methods; from logic-based to somatic/body-based.


Nicole has a special interest in herbalism, having completed a 375-hour training and certificate program at the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine in herbal folk practice and foraging.  She is developing a counseling approach, "KinWork", which incorporates our intrinsic connection to plants and animals in order to "supercharge" healing and to alleviate loneliness. Nicole notes, "We can feel less lonely when we tune into just how connected we already are to the world."

Chris is a natural builder (he meets with clients virtually from the cob hobbit house he built in his yard) and a fantasy author.  He has a special interest in supporting writers, musicians and artists of all kinds in unblocking creativity and allowing true expression.

We met in our graduate program -- in Holistic Clinical Mental Health Counseling -- at the highly regarded Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

While we're thankful that Lesley provided renowned teachers within a multicultural and international city, we're also extremely grateful to have been Rogue Valley residents for over 15 years now. 

We're embedded in our little valley and we work hard to support our neighbors and our community.  We have two children in our wonderful local school and we're outside with them; hiking, camping, and going to local events, every chance we get!  We never, ever, miss shoveling New England snow...

We have developed our own paths of differing specialty areas over the years, though we both share a commitment to client-led, mind-body, depth-oriented, and research-based therapy.  Commonly-used interventions include ACT Model, Collaborative Problem Solving, DBT, Narrative, Somatic/body-based, and we are IFS (parts work) informed.

​We explain the treatment options thoroughly to clients, are happy to flex whenever needed, and always create a transparent assessment and service plan (with concrete goals) in partnership with clients.

We are able to accept some private insurance plans, others in an out-of-network capacity, Oregon Health Plan, and offer a sliding scale.


Please contact us to confirm our coverage under your plan. 

We would love to see if we are able to help you!

Contact Us!

Chris Auer



Nicole Auer


Big Leaf

Auer Counseling, LLC

PO Box 353 Talent, OR 97540, USA

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