There is a desire within each of us,
in the deep center of ourselves
that we call our heart...

It is the Human desire for Love.
Every person in this Earth yearns to love,
to be loved, to know love.

Our true identity, our reason for being
is to be found in this desire.
— Gerald May

The Need to Experience Love

I moved to Portland in October 2014, searching for an unconventional, community-minded place to settle down with my pregnant wife, Kindra.

Choosing Beaverton as our first spot, we began to reach out and make friends. Some we met at Trader Joe’s, others at swimming pools, or local churches.

As we got to know people, we realized a lot of Portlanders showed the symptoms of emotional pain and relationship challenges. Under the kind, put together surface of many, subtle panic and chronic sadness felt like the norm.

Countless marriages were caught in rough patches. People felt stuck. Lost. Without hope.

Drawing on my own journey of healing my heart, I felt the call to create a safe, accepting place to catalyze the healing process for those stuck along the path.

Rise Portland a lay counseling and emotional healing center with the vision that by healing the hearts of individuals and couples, you can heal a city.

Every person deserves to feel cherished, loved, accepted, understood, significant. So often the wounds of the past dictate the experience of the present.

There is hope; Rise Portland offers transformational sessions focused on identifying and resolving the root causes of current spiritual, relational, and emotional issues.

The process is a caring journey to help you open your heart, and live a life of freedom!