Jennie Hagen

Jennie Hagen (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LMHC, LPC

I provide warmth and humor, and will totally ask you about your family of origin. The best stuff is usually hiding just under the surface.

Client Status

waitlist

Contact

503-622-9140

101 East 8th St

Suite 110

Vancouver, 98660

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $100-$160

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2008

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BridgeSpan
  • Cigna
  • PacificSource
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My Ideal Client

The world is ROUGH right now. 2020 is bringing up a lot of our old wounds that haven't fully healed, testing our coping skills, and asking us to be resilient in ways we didn't think we could (and honestly don't really want to most of the time). Through this all, there is so much light in all of us. Traumas big and small can help us get closer to our authentic selves. Processing and healing those old wounds helps us build resilience and find peace.

My Approach to Helping

Change is a scary thing. Usually, people are ready to make changes when they’ve come to a couple different conclusions. You may have found that the ways you’ve tried to cope with an issue aren’t working and you’re feeling stuck. Or you may know that something in your current situation isn’t working but you’re not sure what to do about it. When people come to counseling, it’s often because they’ve recognized that the discomfort of things staying the same has become worse than the fear of the unknown. During our work together, I may ask you to try out some new ways of thinking or new behaviors. But first we will establish a foundation of trust. This helps create a safe space where you will be heard and understood; where you know you can open up without judgment. Moving at your own pace, we begin to edge gradually out of your comfort zone. By doing this mindfully we can make small changes that feel safe and attainable, while keeping a close eye on emotions that come up during the process.

My Values as a Therapist

We as therapists don't have all the answers. You're the one driving the car down the path we navigate together, and I'm helping read the map (if only there was a GPS for mental health!) I'm constantly reading, learning, and absorbing to learn more about the world, my place in it, and how to better support the people I work with. I have the most training and experience in supporting the LGBTQ+ community and am building my experience around racial justice topics. Black Lives Matter and BIPOC people have been carrying the burden for societal change for too long. I'm working to be a better ally. I also enjoy working with veterans and volunteer with the Returning Veterans Project. I'm a mom of two young children, and if you're a parent reading this - you're doing an amazing job. I see you, and know how hard it is. Everyone is doing the best they can with the information they have. Processing our traumas and building community help us to do better for ourselves & each other.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Holistic External link

    Mental health doesn't exist in a vacuum. All parts of who you are as a person can affect (and be affected by) your mental state. I encourage people to examine what they notice in their mind, heart, body, and all different aspects of their life. This allows us to feel more whole as human beings, and can improve our relationships with all different pieces of our lives.

  • Feminist External link

    Identifying as female in our culture comes with so many landmines. Navigating relationships, work/life balance, parenting, misogyny, and so on. If you've clicked on this specialty, you know. I like to work from an feminist perspective to see how gender underlies other stressors. Feminism is intersectional, and if you identify as female (or on the feminine side of the spectrum) this space is for you.

  • Humanistic  External link

    Humanistic, or 'person-centered,' therapy focuses on helping you recognize your worth and value as a person. Using this type of therapy, I emphasize that you're the expert on your own experience, and that I'm here as a tool to help you identify what will work best for you. It encourages acceptance of yourself, just as you are, while also bringing about freedom to enact change.

  • Mindfulness-based External link

    Using mindfulness in therapy allows us to be still in the moment and examine a situation without attaching meaning to it. It encompasses topics like gratitude, meditation, relaxation, and being truly present to what's happening in the mind and body.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Adjustment Disorder External link

    Change is inevitable, but transitions can shake up our emotions, thoughts, and sense of self. It's very common for people to have intense reactions to new or different life circumstances. Together, we can find ways to help ease the discomfort of a new situation and begin to feel positive about going through changes.

  • Women's Issues External link

    Identifying as female in our culture comes with so many landmines. Navigating relationships, work/life balance, parenting, misogyny, and so on. If you've clicked on this specialty, you know. I like to work from an feminist perspective to see how gender underlies other stressors. Feminism is intersectional, and if you identify as female (or on the feminine side of the spectrum) this space is for you.

  • PTSD External link

    Trauma can comes in many different forms and affects everyone a little differently. I help people cope with and heal from trauma through validation, creating a sense of safety, and partnering together to figure out the best combination of tools to regain a sense of control over their experience. We always work at your pace and will only talk about difficult topics when you feel safe and ready.

  • Loss or Grief External link

    Losing a loved one is one of the hardest experiences we ever go through. What makes it harder is feeling like you're alone in your grief, or that what you're feeling is wrong. I can help by validating how difficult the experience of grief can be, being present with you through painful emotions, and discovering ways to find closure while still honoring your loved one and your memory of them.

  • Depression External link

    Depression is a complex diagnosis that can have varied causes. Often, people experience depression when circumstances in their life leave them worn down, defeated, overwhelmed, or feeling powerless. Medication can be a great tool in treating the symptoms of depression, but often doesn't address the source of the issue. Counseling can fill in those gaps and help you begin to heal.

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