Jane Mayer

Jane Mayer

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

*NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS* I love people and helping people grow who hunger for more meaning and health in their lives.

Client Status

not accepting clients

Contact

503-334-1672

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $120

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 1999

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • Aetna
  • Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield

My Approach to Helping

I tailor my approach to the needs of each individual client. My training is in psychodynamic psychotherapy, which helps me to grasp the impact of your life's experiences and their impact on your way of being in the world, your relationship to yourself and others. My additional training includes work with mindfulness, Buddhist psychology, attachment theory and somatic-based therapies which help me frame for you how you interact with your feelings, beliefs, assumptions and choices. My interpersonal style is active, engaged, honest and humorous. Most of my clients report feeling deeply supported and challenged in their work with me.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I became a psychotherapist because I love the life journey, despite how harrowing, joyous and confusing it feels at times. A lifelong seeker of health and resilience, I first pursued my own growth work (and continue to) and then entered social work to develop reliable skills to help others find health, choice and possibility. I have been licensed and in practice since 2000. My additional training has been in grief and loss work, sensorimotor/somatic psychotherapy and in parenting education. My specialties include grief and loss work for people facing loss of loved ones to death or life changes, illness in themselves or recovering from life in dysfunctional families. I specialize in working with teens facing illness in themselves or their families and/or loss. My additional specialty is in parenting education and consultation, helping parents raise emotionally healthy and well behaved children who are responsible to themselves, their families and their communities.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Psychodynamic  External link

    My original training is in psychodynamic psychotherapy. This theoretical orientation helps me to understand the family patterns and experiences of my clients and how they impact their sense of themselves, relationships and others. Often we are relating in ways that do not work, and our actions and beliefs are based on past scripts, rather than the choice and perspectives of our grown up selves.

  • Mindfulness-based External link

    Utiilzing various precepts of Buddhist psychology, mindfulness and somatic (body) based therapies, I am able to help people learn about what they are feeling,grown in their awareness and tolerance of their feeling states and move forward, even in discomfort. This allows my clients to be fully feeling while functioning in life's good and not-so-good moments of relating, working and adjusting.

  • Humanistic  External link

    Approaching my clients as whole, meaning-filled human beings allows me to help them discover themselves, beyond their current self-concept. By engaging in present-moment relationship and through encouraging my clients to discover their ability to function in new and creative ways, my clients can discover more choice, self-esteem, and integrity in how they interact with themselves and others.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Family Caregiving External link

    Facing the role of caregiver to a loved one, child or elder can be a daunting task. The balance between caring for oneself and caring for another requires skill, mindfulness and support. I help caregivers learn how to discern what self-care means for them, and how to maintain it amidst the stress, grief and hard feelings that emerge along the way.

  • Loss or Grief External link

    My primary professional interest has been to learn how to be present to people as they grieve their losses. Often, well-meaning loved ones want to rush the bereaved through their pain, as it can seem settling and unsettling. Grief is a part of life that few of us learn to do well, and I help people move through their grief, honor their losses and learn how to move forward at their own pace.

  • Adjustment Disorder External link

    Specializing in life transitions, I work with clients who are facing the sometimes harrowing transitions that we encounter as humans: changing or ending relationships, learning to relate with our families healthily, partnering with significant others, parenting, occupational change, aging and grief and loss.

  • Codependency External link

    When one grows up in a family that is destabilized by the presence of alcoholism, traumatic loss, addiction, or insufficient parenting, we can adopt various strategies for relating to others that aren't healthy. These strategies leave us feeling as though we are sacrificing parts of ourselves to have love. I help people learn to relate healthily to themselves and others.

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