About Me

My journey towards becoming a therapist began in my early twenties when I first volunteered with a local mentoring program in Portland.  The program paired adults with youth at-risk and focused on the power of relationship in helping to transform lives.  Although I entered into that experience with the intention to help my mentee’s life change, it was my life that was impacted through the relationships built and people who touched my heart.

In conjunction with my work as a mentor I also began to learn and practice Nonviolent Communication (NVC), a very effective communication tool that is used around the world for conflict resolution and to help people deepen their connection to themselves and to others.  This was a truly transformative time of my life and felt as if a seed had been planted and it had begun to grow.

I went on to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon, West Africa where I was a community health educator.  While in the Peace Corps I discovered a true passion for working with people.  Coupled with my experience as a mentor and with NVC I decided that relationship, with oneself and with others, was what I wanted to put my energy into for the rest of my life.

I went on to receive a Master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.  Naropa offered a Buddhist inspired contemplative/experiential education which deeply rooted my clinical skills within a framework of presence and mindfulness, a unique education that was able to integrate all of my previous life experiences.

I have extensive experience working with couples, families, and adolescents, although my practice is open to everyone!  Since graduating from Naropa I have been both working within a school setting providing family and adolescent counseling and within private practice with couples, families, and individuals.

I currently live with my wife, our daughter, and two dogs in the southwest area of Portland.  I practice Aikido, a Japanese non-violent martial art and use its principals in my practice as it emphasizes balance, connection, and compassion.  My intention is to bring who I am and my training into therapy to help others live their lives to the fullest.

Anthony Marchant, M.A., L.P.C.
Transpersonal Therapist
Compassionate Communication Facilitator