YesYes Healing Garden is a group of wellness practitioners in the heart of the Alberta Arts District. They are committed to bringing an inclusive and accessible wellness practice to NE Portland.
John E. Kozel (he/him), LAc, MAcOM
Acupuncturist and Herbalist
John is pleased to offer both acupuncture and herbal medicine consultations at YesYes Healing Garden. He regularly incorporates shiatsu massage, cupping, gua sha, stretching and electroacupuncture in many of his treatments.
John’s journey towards practicing East Asian medicine began when, seeking a more personally authentic path, he left college to live and work in a meditation community for three years. There he was trained in mindfulness meditation and Taoist qi gong practices for health and longevity. After this period of reflection, practice, and rural living, he returned to school at the University of Vermont and received his BS in Biology with further studies in environmental science, eastern spiritual traditions, and western herbalism.
It was not until after completing his undergraduate degree that John first experienced acupuncture. He was at once struck by the potency of this first treatment, which was able to immediately elicit a similar state of consciousness and internal sensation that he had discovered during his time training in meditation and qi gong. An avid runner at the time, these treatments proved to be remarkably helpful in alleviating John’s knee and foot pain, and with the help of a Chinese herbal formula his chronic insomnia was greatly improved. After this experience he decided to pursue acupuncture and Eastern medicine as a profession and moved to Oregon to attend the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. He graduated in 2017.
When working with patients, John employs acupuncture, herbal medicine, shiatsu massage, mindfulness techniques and breath work to treat a wide range of conditions. With an extensive background in the physical and biomedical sciences and a personal and formal education in Eastern medicine and energetic practice, John is able to perceive a patient's condition with a diverse array of lenses simultaneously. He has participated in extensive training in using herbal medicine treat a wide array of women's health conditions. His primary goal in every appointment is to apply the most effective treatment for the patient and to share his understanding of their condition in a way that makes the most sense for them.
In practice John is particularly interested in treating low back and neck pain, insomnia and anxiety, menstrual disorders, and LGBTQ+ health.
KMA Sullivan, CoFounder
KMA Sullivan, CoFounder of YesYes Healing Garden, is a local poet and publisher. She is the author of Inclined to Riot (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019) and Necessary Fire, winner of the St Lawrence Book Award (Black Lawrence Press, 2015). Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, Southern Humanities Review, Forklift, Ohio, The Nervous Breakdown, Gertrude, diode, and elsewhere. Essays have appeared in The Rumpus, The Good Men Project, and Nailed. KMA has been interviewed by various folks; here's one in the Minnesota Review. She has been awarded residencies in creative nonfiction and poetry at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and Summer Literary Seminars and she is the CoEditor In Chief of Vinyl and the Publisher at YesYes Books.
Katherine was introduced to acupuncture in 2016 after an injury to her upper back led to gradually decreasing mobility and strength in her right arm. After a number of months of physical therapy offered only incremental improvement, she decided to try out acupuncture for the first time. She figured, Why Not? After two appointments 70% mobility had returned. Three more appointments and the injury that had plagued her for close to two years, was resolved. She became a believer in the astonishing healing power of acupuncture and resolved to help this brilliant healing art become even more accessible to folks who could benefit from what it has to offer.
Margot Strauhull (she/her), LCSW, PMH-C
I found my way into working as a therapist because I have always been passionate about helping individuals to discover their own strength and wisdom.
I view therapy as a means of achieving personal transformation and a way to navigate the challenges of life. So often, we come to counseling not because we don't know what we "should” or “could" do differently, but because we feel stuck. I am committed to walking alongside you and providing opportunities for you to move through challenges, to heal, and to connect with your inner resilience.
My theoretical approach is rooted in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral and somatic focused therapy. I approach my work through a trauma-informed lens, which means that I prioritize a sense of safety and compassion when I work with clients. I have specialized experience and training in perinatal mental health, meaning your mental and emotional well-being during pregnancy, birth and postpartum stages. I am a certified EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapist and currently studying Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, both are body-centered ways to process emotions and experiences. I am also a registered yoga instructor and often call on the tools of yoga and mindfulness practices. Depending on your needs, we may use some or all of these strategies to achieve your goals.
I come to private practice with a background in primary care medical clinics providing integrated behavioral health counseling, and have worked as a child and family therapist and with survivors of domestic and sexual violence. I graduated from Portland State University in 2011 with a Masters in Social Work, during which time I completed internships with a refugee resettlement program and at OHSU’s Center for Women's Health.
I am licensed by the State of Oregon as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a designation given to social workers in clinical practice who have had over 3500 hours of work, have spent 2000 hours providing clinical services, and have demonstrated knowledge of clinical practices on a certifying exam.
My work as a therapist is grounded in social justice and I am committed to making my practice welcoming as possible for everybody. I am a queer and trans affirming provider and work from an intersectional and anti-oppressive lens.
For more information about Margot and to schedule an appointment, please visit Root and Bloom Counseling