Niko is currently working at the Oregon Youthline as a supervisor supporting crisis trained teens as they field peer support text, calls and chats. He is also seeing individuals, families and couples in a community counseling center. He has over four years of experience in crisis intervention and three years in adult residential mental health.
He graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a BA in psychology in 2014. Niko focused his studies on cross-cultural psychology and completed qualitative research in Samoa, Hawaii and Fiji.
Niko values exploring his client’s cultural identity with them. His Chamoru heritage is an integral part of his own identity and encourages his clients to find connection within their own. He welcomes clients of all backgrounds and maintains a social justice practice.
In his free time, Niko loves to be in nature, cook, go on bike rides and play music. He lives in SE Portland with his two close friends, their dog Shadow and his cat Cyan.