Name & Age: Sarah Ellenwood, 31
Hometown: West Hartford, Connecticut
Current Neighborhood: Piedmont, North Portland
How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? I am an individual and couples counselor. I do something I call walk the talk therapy — it’s counseling on the move. Close to my heart: members of the GLBTQ community and issues of sexual or gender identity concerns, trauma and obesity or compulsive eating. My slashes include: dog lover (especially pitbulls)/amateur cook/sporadic crafter/walker/ singer/curator of my simple life.
What do you create? Opportunities for client(s) to build a bridge between their past and present, so they can create a more dynamic future.
How did you land in Portland? Long story short: family and it feels like home. Any place where “freaks” (you know, awesome eccentric folk) are treated with respect and adoration is alright with me.
What is the last book you read? The Chronology of Water: a memoir by Lidia Yuknavitch (she’s an Oregonian) and The Brain That Changes Itself: stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science by Norman Doidge M.D. I am always reading more than one thing at a time. One mental health based book and a novel that pulls me in and won’t let me go.
Name your favorite tattoo. I have “balance.” on my inner wrist. I love the daily reminder of balance in all aspects of my life.
What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? $5 vegetarian lunch special from India Chaat house.
Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? Mercury once a month maybe, but honestly, I get my news from the huffingtonpost.com and NYtimes.com
What is your favorite bridge and why? St. Johns. It takes me to my favorite secret (shhhh don’t tell anyone) Forest Park hike on Germantown Rd.
Stumptown Coffee or _________? Iced Stumptown Coffee… Duh! Actually…or a vanilla earl grey latte tea at Townshend Teahouse.
Coast or Mountains? You can’t make me choose.
Only in Portland moment? Once upon a time I was crossing an intersection and narrowly avoided a collision…with a triple-decker bicyclist. Super nice guy. Way up high.
A favorite local business? I love the Tin Shed on Alberta…it’s like your favorite friend…who makes your favorite potato cakes.
Are you a car person or a bike person? During the rainy season: walking, max, bike, car and during the sunny season: biking, walking and avoid any other type of transportation at all costs.
If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? Not much…I would probably just import all of my favorite people. Half of whom have yet to realize that Seattle is overrated.
And finally, where can we find you on the web? You can find me at www.sarahellenwood.com