Jenny Larson

Jenny Larson (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC (OR), LMHC (WA)

If you're struggling with trauma, anxiety, grief, depression, infertility, feeling stuck, or just need someone to talk to, please reach out.

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

503-433-3345

PO Box 86788

Portland, OR 97206

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $150

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2018

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Ideal Client

I work with adults who are struggling with trauma, anxiety, grief and loss, depression, relationship stress, and infertility, and those who are just finding life challenging at the moment and need someone to talk to. Life feels hard for a lot of folks right now and finding someone to connect to who can provide a different perspective or who can listen and be in it with you can make all the difference. All genders, sexual orientations, and gender expressions welcome!

My Approach to Helping

My approach is humanistic, which means that I help folks find ways to live their lives in a way that feels authentic to them. I help folks question some of the "shoulds" in their lives that aren't working for them. In my practice, I draw from different theoretical orientations depending on what my client needs in that moment. If a client is stuck in a pattern and feels like they're treading water, we can explore ways of changing direction that feel right for them. If they're healing from past trauma, I help them find a sense of safety and foundation as they rediscover who they are underneath their past experiences. If past experiences feel like too much, I can employ EMDR to help them manage heightened emotions.

My Values as a Therapist

As a therapist and as a person living her own life, I value questioning social conventions that may not be working for us. Often we're made to feel like we should be thinking or acting in certain way or want things for ourselves that don't truly resonate with us. I help my clients live authentically in the world, and find what works for them. I help them find the people in their lives who will be healthy for them and to let go of those who aren't. When you feel the world is against you, you can feel that someone is rooting for you. Training/exp: I hold a Master’s degree in Applied Psychological Science from Pacific University. My experience and training covers a variety of areas, including depression, anxiety, life transitions, trauma, infertility, relationship difficulties, grief/loss, mood disorders, career counseling, and emotional distress.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Humanistic  External link

    I believe that everyone has the right to be who they are in the world, as they grow and learn. I hold an unconditional positive regard for my clients, even as they struggle with the challenges of being human. This lens frames my whole practice and no matter what type of intervention or modality I'm using, a humanistic approach drives my work with clients.

  • Eclectic External link

    I think of it as integrative rather than eclectic. Some clients need to vent, some want to make small changes, and some want to make big changes. I meet my clients where they are. I incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, narrative therapy, EMDR, polyvagal theory and neurobiology, IFS, existential therapy, emotionally focused, mindfulness, and person-centered therapy into my practice, depending on what I feel would be most useful for the client.

  • EMDR External link

    The mind can often heal itself naturally, in the same way as the body does. Much of this natural coping mechanism occurs during sleep, particularly during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Francine Shapiro developed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in 1987, utilizing this natural process in order to successfully treat Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Since then, EMDR has been used to effectively treat a wide range of mental health problems.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • PTSD External link

    I work with many folks who have experienced trauma and we work together to build a sense of safety as they discover who they are underneath their past. I largely employ EMDR and parts work as I help folks work through trauma.

  • Anxiety External link

    My training has led me to work with clients with anxiety and to develop treatments and interventions specifically for anxiety. I help clients face their anxiety so that they can find out what's underneath it and create space between them and the anxiety.

  • Depression External link

    I have seen clients and received training specific to depression, including interventions related to behavioral activation for those clients who are below the line of functioning due to depression.

  • Loss or Grief External link

    I have had clients suffering from grief and have successfully treated them and have resources available to them.

  • Infertility External link

    I have personal experience of infertility and am reading everything I can and meeting with other therapists who specialize in this.

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