Jenny Larson

Jenny Larson (she/her/hers)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, Professional Counselor Associate (OR), LMHCA (WA)

Supervisor: Natasha Laumei, LPC

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

Client Status

waitlist

Contact

503-433-3345

1017 SW Morrison

Portland, 97205

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $100-$120

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2018

Languages: English

Faith: Agnosticism, Atheism, Buddhism, Interfaith, Multifaith

Services

  • Individual
  • Relationship

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket

My Ideal Client

I work with adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief/loss, 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, gender expression, and relationship types 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. If they're stuck in a job that's not a good fit for them, I partner with them to identify something that's a better fit and help them work toward that new job.

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. My training includes work with both individuals and relationships. My experience includes 20 years' in HR and career coaching.

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 practice 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 can 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.

  • Career Counseling External link

    I have 20 years' experience in human resources and career coaching and I use this to help my clients who are struggling to find a job or a job that's the right fit. I work with clients using assessments when needed and can help with reviewing or building a resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile and can assist with interview preparation and salary negotiation when needed. I can help clients explore new potential careers for themselves and what it would take to make a change.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Anxiety External link

    My training has led me to work with clients with anxiety and to develop treatments and interventions specifically for 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.

  • Historical Trauma External link

    I work with many folks who have experienced past 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 polyvagal theory as I help folks work through trauma.

  • 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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