Paige Bourne

“Maybe it’s as simple as this: when you step into the thing you are, the world does not burn, but glows more brightly with the light you bring”- Kai Skye


Currently in school at McDaniel College – Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Projected Graduation, December 2023

Not accepting new clients or keeping a waitlist.

Why work with a clinician in training?

What’s therapy with me like? I focus on working with helping professionals/students experiencing burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma, individuals with disabilities or complex medical conditions who are looking for a provider that “gets it,” and partners of people with disabilities/complex medical conditions.

In my experience so far I have been drawn to Person-Centered and Existential approaches to therapy. I am also looking forward to learning more about somatic therapies and the mind-body connection through my internship and as I enter my career as a counselor. I have seen this relationship play out firsthand both as an individual and as a physical therapist. I’m looking forward to leveraging my background to help clients explore the mind-body connection for themselves. The things that bring us to therapy can feel really isolating. Person-Centered and Existential approaches really draw on the connectedness of being human while also acknowledging that we are each the expert of our own story. We all have shared experiences and themes to life that impact us in unique ways as individuals.

How I’ve kept learning… I am curious by nature and seek out both formal and informal learning opportunities when I find things I want to know more about. This is actually what has led to me counseling- seeing areas of my work as a physical therapist that weren’t being addressed or talked about. I am also an avid podcast-listener, documentary-watcher, and book/journal-reader. If I am curious about something or am seeking more understanding, there’s a good chance I’m going on a deep dive to find out more information.

I also have a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Emory University, American Physical Therapy Association: Neurologic Clinical Specialist Certification. I have been a physical therapist for nearly 10 years primarily working with people with spinal cord injuries and/or chronic pain.

Who do I work with? I work with teenagers over 16, adults, and the elderly population.

My impacting identities are… I have worked in healthcare for nearly a decade and understand many of the challenges faced by healthcare workers. I also live with a chronic medical condition so I can appreciate the frustration of the healthcare system as both a patient and a provider.

I feel allied/aware/part of/informed/knowledgeable about… Healthcare providers (part of), Disabled/Chronic Illness Communities (knowledgable), LGBTQIA+ (allied), BIPOC (allied)

I am the best fit for a client who… is looking for a genuine, compassionate, and somewhat nerdy therapist who “gets it” with issues related to being a patient or provider in the healthcare system.

I am not a good fit for a client who… is looking for a highly structured therapeutic approach or a blank slate therapist.

What makes me unique? I have quite a bit of lived experience in the healthcare system both as a patient and as a provider. My goal as a therapist is that you don’t need to explain the intricacies of your medical diagnosis (folks with disabilities/illness) or the experience of the demands of the healthcare system (healthcare workers/students). I already get the basics, though I am open to learning more if you would like to share. Instead we can focus on how these things impact you directly and plan for how to move forward.


The Practical Stuff

What insurances do I accept? I am currently not in network with any insurances, but I offer therapy for a sliding scale between $30-70, based on what the client can afford.

Do I offer telehealth or in person sessions? I offer both, but prefer in-person.


The Fun Stuff

Did you know… I have hiked over 500 miles across Spain!

Any pets? Three cats (Graci, Tibi, and Pancake) and a dog (Pixel)

How I’ve Kept Learning

  • Enhancing Caregiver Resilience, Duke University Center for Healthcare Safety and Quality, January 2020
  • Vicarious Trauma Training for Healthcare Providers, Teresa Loya, May 2022
  • Holistic Rehabilitation: Sexuality and Intimacy Concerns, Dr. Kathryn Ellis, May-August 2022
  • Reconceptualizing Self-Care for Therapists, The Affirmative Couch, February 2023


How to Give me A Buzz

The best way to contact me is…by email at


Supervised By: 

Sophia Alapati, LCPC

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