"Paisley" Jen Burrell

"Paisley" Jen Burrell (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist


Relationships are some of important aspects of our lives. I work with clients to improve their relationships.

Client Status

accepting clients



7327 SW Barnes Rd #618

Portland, 97225


Currently Providing Online Sessions

Portland, Oregon 97225

At a Glance


Rate: $200-$225

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2015

Languages: English


  • Relationship

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Ideal Client

Do you feel like you've tried everything? You love each other so much but you seem to just go around in circles. There are things you need to talk about in your relationship, but you aren't sure how to bring them up without defensiveness or more hurt feelings. When this happens, you start to feel so frustrated because you just don't know what to do. You're afraid that if you don't learn how to communicate differently, you will feel even further apart or the worst end up breaking up?

My Approach to Helping

I utilize an experiential and holistic approach to Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy (EFT-C) to help couples navigate the diverse challenges of their relationships. Whether it's resolving miscommunications, managing conflicts constructively, or healing from past hurts like infidelity, I offer experienced guidance. My style is relational, direct, supportive, engaging, and kind. My therapeutic approach is deeply informed by my training in EFT, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Existential-Humanism, Family Systems Theories, Mindfulness and Experiential Interventions, Solution-Focused Therapy, and the Gottman Method.

My Values as a Therapist

I believe relationships are among the most rewarding aspects of life, yet they can also be some of the most painful. Our intimate partners often highlight areas where we can grow. Couples therapy provides a unique opportunity for partners to come together as a team to address their most challenging issues. In my practice, I offer a collaborative and compassionate space where we can work together to heal the wounds that affect your relationship.

Techniques I Use


  • Couples Counseling External link

    I'm an expert in couples counseling, holding an M.S. in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling from Portland State University (2017) with honors. I customize my approach to suit clients' needs. I specialize in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Additionally, I'm certified in The Gottman Method, Motivational Interviewing (MI), and hold expertise in tailoring interventions for diverse needs within couples counseling.

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) External link

    I am trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS), a therapeutic approach that explores the dynamics within your mind. In our sessions, we'll work together to understand and navigate the various parts of yourself, addressing concerns such as anxiety, protection mechanisms, and inner conflicts. IFS provides a supportive journey to help you achieve balance, self-awareness, and healing. If you're seeking a personalized and empowering therapeutic experience, I am here to assist you on your journey.

  • Emotionally Focused External link

    Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) in counseling centers on understanding and addressing emotions as a key to personal growth and relationship improvement. We will explore and validate your feelings, aiming to identify underlying patterns and unmet needs. EFT helps transform negative emotional cycles, fostering healthier ways of expressing and managing emotions. The goal is to create a more secure emotional connection with oneself and others, promoting lasting change and improved relationships.

  • Experiential External link

    Experiential therapy in couples counseling focuses on present emotions and experiences rather than just talking. Through activities and exercises, couples engage directly with feelings, improving understanding and communication, and fostering deeper connections.

  • Attachment Theory External link

    Attachment theory in counseling explores how early relationships shape current emotional well-being and interpersonal dynamics. In sessions, we examine your attachment history to identify patterns impacting your relationships. The goal is to foster healthier attachments, improve communication, and create a secure emotional foundation for more satisfying connections. Attachment-informed counseling helps navigate human connections, fostering personal growth and fulfilling relationships.

Issues I Treat


  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    If you're facing relationship challenges, combining Mindfulness and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is a collaborative process which acknowledges and validates your emotional complexities. Together we strive to de-escalate negative patterns, enhance communication, foster empathy, and deepen your understanding of each other. My approach equips you with tools to address the root causes of your relationship issues, empowering you both to strengthen your connection with resilience and understanding.

  • Premarital Counseling External link

    In premarital counseling, we will work on building a strong, healthy relationship by improving communication, resolving conflicts, and aligning financial goals. We will explore family dynamics, cultural backgrounds, and personal values to foster empathy and cooperation. Discussing intimacy and sexual expectations will enhance physical satisfaction. Counseling will also reinforce relationship strengths and address past challenges, laying a foundation for a resilient and enduring marriage.

  • Codependency External link

    Codependency affects couples' relationships by creating imbalanced dynamics where one partner excessively relies on the other for emotional support and identity. This can lead to controlling behaviors, resentment, and a lack of personal growth. It often results in poor communication, unresolved conflicts, and emotional exhaustion. Over time, codependency erodes mutual respect and intimacy, hindering the development of a healthy, balanced partnership and individual well-being.

  • Polyamorous and Open Relationships External link

    Polyamorous relationships face unique challenges such as jealousy, communication issues, and boundary setting. Through couples counseling, we create a brave space to address these complexities, fostering open dialogue, establishing clear boundaries, and building trust among us. You will gain tools to navigate jealousy and conflict constructively, ultimately strengthening our relationship dynamics and promoting emotional well-being.

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