Jen Yerty

Jen Yerty (She/They)

Licensed Professional Counselor


Supervisor: Clinical Supervisor

Somatic Mindful Experiential Integrative **Currently accepting group clients for yoga groups

Client Status

accepting clients


2705 E Burnside

Ste 206

Portland, OR 97214

At a Glance


Rate: $225

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2015

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Group
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Medicaid
  • OHP CareOregon/HealthShare
  • OHP Open Card
  • OHP Pacific Source Community Solutions
  • OHP Trillium

My Ideal Client

I'm a trauma specialist, with an emphasis in social justice. I work with clients with PTSD/complex PTSD, DID, depression, anxiety, mood/emotional dysregulation. I specialize in BIPOC and LGBTQ populations, and somatic interventions and processing for trauma. **Reduced rate spots available.** Yoga Nidra Group Wednesdays 2-3pm Zoom OHP/PacificSource/Moda accepted $15 OOP Sliding scale negotiable Message me for more details!

My Approach to Helping

You can change your life. I view my role as guiding that process, to help you identify and process things that might be getting in the way of you becoming the best version of yourself. My work is based on hope, and a strong belief in every person's ability to change, grow, and heal themselves. I tailor the therapeutic experience to the client, but generally find success with somatic interventions, mindfulness, narrative, experiential, behavioral, emotion-focused process work, and yoga, influenced by Zen philosophy of acceptance, non-attachment, self-kindness, and non-judgment, and I feel strongly that therapeutic collaboration with clients is crucial to treatment. I'm originally from the Midwest but have lived on the East and West Coasts, so I talk fast and swear a lot, with clients who are comfortable with that. I've been in Portland for over a decade now, and I'm still not quite used to a winter without snow or a summer without humidity. I share a space with 3 (loud) cats.

More About the People I Treat

I hold a CADC-I, and am trained in Somatic Experiencing and Brainspotting to facilitate trauma processing, and have a 200-RYT certification in yoga. Social justice is an important part of my therapeutic orientation and philosophy, and I prioritize working with marginalized populations, including LGBTQ and people of color. I have experience working with clients with complex trauma, dissociation, attachment challenges, mood disorders, psychosis, personality disorders, and marginalized populations, including BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and houseless populations. I received my Masters in Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, a Masters in Adult Education and Training, and my Bachelors in English Language & Literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Techniques I Use


  • Somatic Therapy (Body Centered) External link

    I have training in somatic and mindfulness techniques pioneered by Bessel van der Kolk, Stephen Porges, and Peter Levine. I have specific training in Somatic Experiencing for trauma processing. This practice involves a lot of silence as we slow down and listen to your system and how it reacts to the world around you. We begin to notice your system gently pendulating from positive to negative and back, which is how systems are actually supposed to work.

  • Brainspotting External link

    I use brainspotting to process trauma. This modality is similar to EMDR but with some differences in procedure. What I like about it is that clients don't need to talk to process their trauma, and I've seen real results from clients who have undergone this treatment. It's very challenging work and not something I will do right away with clients, as I want folks to have a good understanding of their system and how to regulate before they go into a brainspotting intensive session.

  • Mindfulness-based External link

    I use a trauma-informed mindfulness practice that incorporates zen and cognitive behavioral techniques. This can include sitting and walking meditations, focused object practices, and mantras. I also integrate yoga into sessions, and offer hatha, restorative, beginner, and restorative yoga groups that are covered by insurance.

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) External link

    I find Internal Family Systems to be really helpful to better understand and have compassion for all of our parts, as we are all multiple.

Issues I Treat


  • Gender Identity External link

    I specialize in LGBTQ populations, including trans, non gender-conforming, and poly populations. I consider it an honor to be trusted by so many in this community. I have specialized training in working with LGBTQ populations, especially trans, and continue to update my training.

  • PTSD External link

    I am a certified trauma specialist through PESI, and have training in working with clients with PTSD, complex PTSD, and DID. I've also been asked to speak to graduate classes as a specialist in this field. I use a variety of techniques, but begin by working through Judith Herman's 3-stage process that prioritizes establishing safety before processing trauma and terminating treatment. I am trained in Somatic Experiencing and Brainspotting for trauma processing.

  • Anxiety External link

    I have experience working with a range of anxiety disorders, including Generalized Anxiety, OCD, and other ways that this can manifest. I generally work on coping skills using mindfulness and a zen focus, along with practical behavioral interventions.

  • Depression External link

    I've worked extensively with depression, from mild to severe, and found that many people don't even know when that's what they're suffering from. I generally use CBT, experiential, and mindfulness practices to alleviate depression, and work with clients to find a purpose and meaning in their life, and find sources of support and happiness.

  • Cultural and Systemic Oppression External link

    'To the privileged, equality feels like oppression.' Oppression takes on many forms in the lives of the oppressed, from financial challenges to negative self-talk, substance use to mental health challenges. Working on eliminating systemic oppression is a focus of my life and therapeutic work with clients.

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