The Cook Awakening

Sometimes life hands you intolerable circumstances. It can be hard to know what to do, how to respond. You may find yourself in resistance, just wishing it would stop, that your situation and/or your feelings would just go away.

What if I told you that:

  • your resistance could be making things worse?
  • you could find a way to face your life with love and compassion for yourself and those around you, and move forward with all the inner strength you may feel is eluding you?
  • you may have more resources available to you than you know?
  • you could learn concrete skills to help you navigate what feels impossible?
  • My annual New Year Offer is now in effect! For new clients who sign up during January, your first month of counseling is half price, when you commit to 3 months of working together. If you want to have weekly sessions, your first 4 sessions are half price. If we agree on bi-weekly sessions, your first two sessions are half price. Give me a call or email me now for more details! 503.422.8346 or

    Individual spiritual counseling:

    Individual counseling – in person or by telephone or Skype if you are out of the Portland metro area.

    Together with Durga you will explore your:

    • personal well-being and spiritual practice definition and goals
    • in-depth history that has led to your current situation
    • needs for making self-acceptance and change sustainable
    • living situation as it pertains to supporting self-care and spiritual practice

    One to one sessions are scheduled weekly or bi-weekly

    Contact Durga to schedule your complimentary initial telephone consult and for current pricing.

    Group events:
    Each class or workshop focuses on the dance of our life in the world in its myriad forms. See the events page for current schedule.

    “Durga’s approach exactly suited me. She taught me to seek out the seat of my hurts where they had taken up residence in my body and to speak to them, to find out their needs and to be present with the wounded parts of my Self. She was the supportive and warm presence I needed, and she made herself available after hours as well for texts or calls, if necessary. At the end of each session, she encouraged me to take on an “assignment” for the coming two weeks until the next session, and she wrote it down to help me remember my resolutions. I was so glad to have that gentle accountability. After years of stop and go, this was the time when the way began to be clear! I experienced a speed and ease of change and growth that I never believed possible. And Durga has been a warm, wild, firm presence, guiding me through an often painful transformation. I have been able to make some vital changes and begin to alter dramatically my relationship to myself and the world, bringing a quality of love and mindfulness I could never even see before.”

    K. F. Botanist
    Portland, OR


    About Counseling:

    Living with grief is hard. Living with the hard truths of our world, both personal and on a larger scale can feel impossible. You deserve support on that journey.

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    Lights of Intention

    Counseling helps shine the light on a confusing, often unconscious process.

    With experience and training in the following modalities and forms:

    • Voice Dialogue – 2 year training with Deborah Morris
    • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) – 6 month training with Lasara Firefox Allen
    • Non-dual spiritual paths – more than 25 years training with Christopher Titmus, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Adyashanti and more
    • Depth initiations – 2 year training and 6 years facilitating The Living Mysteries of Eleusis with the Magickal Cauldron
    • Energy work – Reiki Master Level Attunement in 1991
    • Shamanic healing – 2 year training with Skye Wolfe MacGregor
    • Guided meditations – culled from many trainings listed
    • Death Doula I and II training – A Sacred Passing
    • Conscious Dying and Sacred Art of Dying training – Sacred Crossings
    • No One Dies Alone (NODA) volunteer since 2016
    • End of life counseling – see end of life trainings above
    • Holistic Nutrition Lab Full Body Systems 2 year training
    • Psychology of Eating – 6 month training

    “Durga is a powerful, connected and intuitive healer. From a place of deep sensitivity and awareness she gracefully steps into her work as a counselor. In sessions with her, I feel comforted and supported in a way that allows me to be in touch with the more difficult and vulnerable parts of myself that need some attention. She is spiritual in a very flexible way that supports me in tapping into my own mysterious power. Our work together guides me on the path of being my most authentic self and expanding energetically in ways that were difficult for me to previously imagine. Durga is a true gem of a human being.”

    P. M. Licensed Acupuncturist
    Portland, OR

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    Complimentary First-time Telephone Consultations!
    To set one up, email me with times that work for you and your topics of interest.