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Norma Schell, MA LPC

Downtown Portland

1017 SW Morrison, Suite 203, 97205
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 890-8898

E-Mail:  Norma  Norma@NormaSchell.com
24hr Phone   (503) 890-8898
Website:  http://www.normaschell.com

Accepting new clients: Yes
Usual Office Hours:  By appointment, Do call.

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I have a strong interest in helping others discover their own personal truths, to get free of constraining cultural values as well as minimizing beliefs & assumptions. 

I encourage people to feel their own feelings, to think independently and to make choices that enhance their own lives & relationships.  In the case of those diagnosed with “diseases,” I encourage dialogue with the voice of their bodies & their psyches rather than viewing symptoms as unchangeable or cast in stone. 

Every challenge, every day can offer opportunity to explore, evolve & reconcile old beliefs & assumptions into a greater understanding of who we really are.  We can be  creative respondents to our physical and emotional experiences rather than victims to them.  

I learned first hand, in my challenging bout with MS, that we all have un-lived potential, health, meaning and purpose in life.
I  enjoy creating a positive working relationships with those, from all walks of life, who wish to grow, change and heal.

Extraordinary Perspective

Tracking and Nature Awareness 

Read the language of nature's signs, and images. Learn to live through metaphors of nature and tracking; Experience nature beyond the ordinary while expanding instincts, intuition and vision. Sense the interconnectedness of all things. Nature is not only a backdrop to our lives. It is the source for all that sustains life. Nature teaches both practical and profound realities of life. 

NORMA SCHELL, a mental health professional, is a graduate of Tom Brown, Jr.'s Nature and Wilderness Survival School


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From Illness to Health 

Learn from sound practical exercises and understandings of our physical nature. Work through unease and relieve disease in ways natural to the body from one who learned by both experience and study. 

Norma Schell, a former Registered Nurse, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Registered Group Therapist and Nationally Certified Counselor. Her professional knowledge is enriched with universal principles of recovery and health gleaned from decades of work with professionals highly trained in Chinese medicine and exercise, Apache medicine and depth psychology. 

Norma has recovered from multiple sclerosis after decades of illness. She is the author of Heal From The Heart Odyssey Through Nature, Soul and Recovery From Multiple Sclerosis. She currently speaks and holds seminars throughout the country.

About Norm's Book

“I LOVED every word of your book. The book is unique and elegant—not a wasted word. Beautiful! Moving! Inspiring—deeply!” 
— - Pamela Pomerance Steiner, Ed.D., L.M.H.D. Harvard Medical School 
“Norma’s story, told with rich detail and lack of sentimentality, is a tribute to her fierce determination to heal her body and spirit.  It inspires by way of her courageous willingness to embrace and acknowledge the truth of a life of pain and suffering, as well as, grace filled joys.  In her desire to share her experience, she invites us to a life where everything matters.  In the end, we are left with a deeper awareness of the Mystery of what is bigger than our rational minds can grasp.”
— - Mary Jo Clarke, M.D. 
“Heal From The Heart is Norma Schell’s inspirational and very personal account of how she courageously overcame multiple sclerosis and reclaimed her lost self.
— - Peter Herman, LL.B., M. A. 
“Norma has written a fabulous book about the trials of life, the challenge of growth and change, and her ultimate triumph to live a full life.  Every word is packed with meaning.  Her story sometimes made me cry, sometimes made me laugh, and throughout touched my heart and soul.  For everyone, this is a book of inspiration and hope.  It is a delight to read and I highly recommend it!”
— - Gabrielle Franke, M.S., Licensed Professional Counselor

Professional Focus

I believe adversity can teach by challenging us to tap into our un-lived healing potential. That deep potential & wisdom expresses itself through signs, symptoms, feelings, emotions, dreams and daydreams. Constructive dialogue with our personal material and experience lead to a greater sense of self and enhanced emotional and physical health. I view life from a position of wholeness & innate potential rather than illness.

My book, Heal From the Heart, Odyssey through Nature, Soul and Recovery from Multiple Sclerosis, reveals my desperate search for recovery from multiple sclerosis. For desperate diseases require desperate remedies. I learned from the inside out -- an inward search that lead to outward understanding, a coming to terms and resolution with life on many levels. The book portrays my paradigm shift through integrative approaches to life including experiences with nature, psychotherapy, Chinese medicine, martial arts, & the many ways of the Lipan Apache. My therapeutic approach, seminars, groups & book inspire hope & healing for many locally, nationally and internationally.

Populations Served

  • Adolescent 15-19
  • Adult, Couple
  • Elders
  • Gay
  • Geriatric
  • Lesbian
  • Office Settings: 
  • Private Practice (solo)

Specialty Training

  • Mental Health Counseling in Oregon & Washington,
  • Nationally Certified Counselor
  • Life Coaching
  • Speaker
  • Seminars

Financial

Usual and Customary Fee: $125 & up per 50 minute hour.

This therapist offers a discount for payment at the time of service when there is no requirement for billing or other financial paperwork.

Fees are mutually decided & paid at the time of the appointment. Sessions are held in my office, in homes, hospitals and by telephone. Sessions are generally 50 min. long. Fees are are agreed upon & paid at the time of the appointment. A percentage of my appointments are sliding fee. Group fees are generally $50 & can be two hours long.

Background

Norma is a health professional with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Colorado and a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oregon and Washington, a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Nationally Registered Group Psychotherapist. Norma blends professional knowledge and universal principles of recovery and health after many years of work with professionals highly trained in Chinese medicine & exercise, depth psychology and Apache healing ways. 

Schell's adventurous international travels gave perspective to her conventional approach to life. The beauty and philosophies of the countries, as well as, the struggle and conflicting richness of their cultures fostered a broadened understanding. However, Norma's childhood on the family farm land in Nebraska, her continued study of tracking, wilderness survival and ways of nature give her context for life. Schell's relationship with the body, nature and the deep psyche teaches her awareness of the profound, deeply meaningful spirit and integrated totality of all things. 

Norma narrates her recovery from multiple sclerosis. However, her life is about the search for her inner voice, unfolding as a human being, her desired -- but long forgotten -- relationship with the spirit of nature. Multiple sclerosis was a gift from her body -- a wake up call, an ultimatum. Her physical nature demanded to be heard or she would pay serious consequences. 

As she became ill, her conditioned response to life intensified. In her rush to live and to achieve, she had become indifferent to the earth -- the origin of her air, water, food and shelter. She no longer related to the lay of the land or her relationship to it. She stubbornly ignored her aching body, while focusing on other agendas until her inmost fibers screamed with symptoms of illness. Norma became disconnected from her deep inner needs, alienated from her deepest truths and longings. Then she became deadened even to the demands of the outer world as her body turned numb. What she so desperately searched for was always within her and in nature--the ineffable element that resonates to the Creator. Discovery required her to leave her known, ordinary and familiar life to walk an unknown path
                                          -- the path of the heart.

Education

Highest Degree Earned: Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Discipline: Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Cerified Counselor, Registered Group Psychotherapist, Mental Health Counselor

I have a B.Sc. in Nursing from CU, Boulder & an M. A. in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College. I am a Licensed Mental Health Professional in Oregon & Washington, & am Nationally Certified. 
I am strongly inclined to work with those committed to gain strength, peace, & recovery from emotional and physical challenges. Challenging old inner & outer assumptions can be kind of scary but truly rewarding. I encourage others to reconsider the meaning in all of their relationships including the earth -- source of our shelter, water, fire and food. For living with nature as a relationship, rather than a recreational backdrop, creates a deep sense of home & appreciation of one's own nature. 

World travels & especially my bout with multiple sclerosis inspired me to incorporate universal healing principles of Chinese medicine& depth psychology. These as well as training in Lipan Apache philosophy, wilderness survival, tracking, awareness and native healing facilitated recovery from MS -- considered to be an incurable disease by some. (I have been free of MS symptoms for more than twenty years.)

Affiliations

Hospital and/or Teaching Affiliations

  • Seminars & lectures are held at health & book venues & health organizations -- locally & through out the US. My book is: Heal from the Heart, Odyssey through Nature, Soul and Recovery from Multiple Sclerosis ISBN0971050708

Professional Affiliations / Activities

  • American Counseling Association
  • Oregon Counseling Association
  • American Mental Health Alliance - Oregon
  • National Board of Certified Counselors
  • Oregon Friends of C G Jung.

Background

Norma is a health professional with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Colorado and a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oregon and Washington, a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Nationally Registered Group Psychotherapist. Norma blends professional knowledge and universal principles of recovery and health after many years of work with professionals highly trained in Chinese medicine & exercise, depth psychology and Apache healing ways. 

Schell's adventurous international travels gave perspective to her conventional approach to life. The beauty and philosophies of the countries, as well as, the struggle and conflicting richness of their cultures fostered a broadened understanding. However, Norma's childhood on the family farm land in Nebraska, her continued study of tracking, wilderness survival and ways of nature give her context for life. Schell's relationship with the body, nature and the deep psyche teaches her awareness of the profound, deeply meaningful spirit and integrated totality of all things. 

Norma narrates her recovery from multiple sclerosis. However, her life is about the search for her inner voice, unfolding as a human being, her desired -- but long forgotten -- relationship with the spirit of nature. Multiple sclerosis was a gift from her body -- a wake up call, an ultimatum. Her physical nature demanded to be heard or she would pay serious consequences. 

As she became ill, her conditioned response to life intensified. In her rush to live and to achieve, she had become indifferent to the earth -- the origin of her air, water, food and shelter. She no longer related to the lay of the land or her relationship to it. She stubbornly ignored her aching body, while focusing on other agendas until her inmost fibers screamed with symptoms of illness. Norma became disconnected from her deep inner needs, alienated from her deepest truths and longings. Then she became deadened even to the demands of the outer world as her body turned numb. What she so desperately searched for was always within her and in nature--the ineffable element that resonates to the Creator. Discovery required her to leave her known, ordinary and familiar life to walk an unknown path
                                          -- the path of the heart.