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About Dusty

Hailing from the vibrant cityscape of Los Angeles, California, I developed a foundational awareness and affection for diverse peoples and places. My career journey began by guiding and empowering disadvantaged youth which ignited a passion for becoming a counselor. My path in Southern California led to the Pacific Northwest, where I earned a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern Oregon University and a PhD in Counselor Education & Counseling from Idaho State University.

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Dusty Destler infront of a sign that reads "Dusty Lake Trail"
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Professional and academic experiences in the mental health field have allowed me to live in beautiful places. Working in Hawai'i with adolescents, young adults, and their families exposed me to the majestic beauty of the Big Island and the kokua of local residents. Fueled by a desire to help individuals on a broader scale, I moved to Boise, Idaho to pursue doctoral studies in teaching and supervision of counselors-in-training. I then called 

Seattle, Washington home for three years where I held a Core Faculty appointment with Antioch University.

Home now is Eugene, Oregon, where I work full-time with the college student population, hold a small caseload in private practice, and continue to teach for various universities as an Adjunct Professor.


I enjoy offering telehealth counseling because of its ability to reach people who may experience barriers to in-person services. Telehealth allows me to extend support across urban and rural areas of Idaho, Oregon and Washington State. And for those in the Eugene, Oregon and surrounding areas, I offer in-person counseling via      Walk & Talk Therapy, where we can conduct sessions on trail in the great outdoors.


When not engaged with work I'm likely in nature: hiking, trail running, camping, or fishing. I enjoy learning new residential maintenance and building skills, and often spend time in community with friends and family. 

I am happy to share more about myself, and I eagerly await the chance to connect with you. 

Indentity & Allyship

I identify as a White, heterosexual, cisgender, and able-bodied male;

I check just about all the boxes of privilege. Just like anyone else, my perspectives are informed by my identities, experience, and education. I am devoted to being open and humble in my work, and committed to understanding clients' experience.

So far in my career, I have assumed the roles of counselor, supervisor, researcher, educator, and advocate. Lifting voices of the marginalized and centering social justice is central to all my professional capacities. 

I have been called an ally by some and an advocate by others; these are titles I do not take lightly nor self-ascribe. You are in charge of what and when to share, and to whom you offer the status of allyship.  


Ph.D. Counselor Education & Counseling

2018, Idaho State University

M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

2011, Southern Oregon University

B.A. Communications

2006, University of California at San Diego



Licensed Professional Counselor


Idaho Division of Occupational & Professional Licenses


Licensed Mental Health Counselor



Washington State Department of Health


Licensed Professional Counselor


Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists

Board Certified-TeleMental Health

I hold a Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider credential. It is not a requirement for counselors who use telehealth as a delivery platform. However, it helps to ensure that counselors have the knowledge and proper training to offer counseling through these mediums.

The credential also provides clients the ability to search for and find providers with this specialized training. You can find my credential (#1933) through the Center for Credentialing & Education. 

Get in touch with me to discover a path towards a more joyful and fulfilling life.

Affirm Counseling, LLC 

2D Mental Health Services

P.O. Box 7453, Springfield, OR 97475


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