Counseling &  Psychotherapy


COUNSELING & PSYCHOTHERAPY​ for  Children, Teenagers, Adults and Couples

Eugene, Albany & Telehealth

Daina Pakalniskis MA,  Professional Counselor Associate ATR-P, RYT-500.

Eugene Therapist

I received my Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling Psychology from Adler University in Chicago, Illinois. I continue to seek professional development and learning opportunities that help me further support my clients needs.


My husband and I are excited about transitioning to Eugene from Chicago, where we have lived all of our lives, to be closer to our 3 children and 3 grandchildren. During my free time I enjoy exploring the beautiful nature that surrounds us, working in my art studio, teaching yoga, and spending time with my family. My husband and I also enjoy traveling to Lithuania, where our extended family resides.

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Can I help you ?

I offer individual counseling and psychotherapy

to adults of all ages.

Psychotherapy and counseling can be helpful in a 

variety of issues.

I provide support to individuals experiencing:

Trauma Related Disorders

Depression and Sadness

Anxiety Disorders

Stress Management

Eating Disorders

Grief and Loss

Life Transitions




My therapeutic approach first and for most is meeting my clients where they are to work as a team and accomplish their therapeutic goals. I consider myself an integrative therapist. Approaching the person as a whole and listening to my clients with unconditional positive regard for positive growth and change. I work with individual clients, experiencing PTSD, grief, anxiety, depression, trauma, and life adjustment through an existential-humanistic lens.

Therapeutic Focus

I am an art therapist, professional counselor, and a registered yoga instructor.

I am passionate on being of service to others.

My therapeutic focus is informed by trainings in art therapy, somatic experience, brain-spotting, mindfulness, breathwork, and advanced trainings in yoga.

Using these healing modalities together with psychotherapy we can personalize your therapeutic needs to honor the mind, body, and spirit to gain a deeper awareness of the whole self.


Before moving to Eugene, I provided counseling services at a community agency focusing on a variety of populations in the Greater Chicago Metro area.

Over the past decade I have provided workshops and trainings focusing on the mind-body connection in a variety of settings including community mental health centers, assisted living, and yoga studios.

Formal Training and Education

Professional Counselor Registered Associate  in the State of Oregon. Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Illinois. I have a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Illinois. BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. MA in Art Therapy and Counseling Psychology from Adler University in Chicago.

Currently in advanced training in Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. Certification with the Institute for Sensorimotor Art Therapy with Cornelia Elbrecht.

I have received training in Brain-Spotting and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

I am a registered yoga instructor with 1200 hours of advanced training. I regularly attend workshops to advance my skills to better serve my clients.

Hours and Billing

Sessions are scheduled by appointment and are usually 45-55 minutes long depending on insurance and individual need.

In-Person sessions and TeleHealth available

Friday 9AM - 4PM

Saturday 8AM - 3PM

I am in-network with:

  • PacificSource OHP (PSCS)
  • OHP Open Card 
  • PacificSource (Commercial insurance)
  • Intercommunity Health Network (IHN)
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Providence