Jennifer Stratton

Jennifer Stratton (She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor


In an atmosphere of safety, earned trust, and attuned connection, I help foster gentle yet pro-active care with warmth and encouragement.

Client Status




314 NE 19th Avenue

Portland, 97232

At a Glance


Rate: $125-$175

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2012

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Group

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • Aetna
  • OHP Single Case Agreement
  • PacificSource

My Approach to Helping

My approach is highly relational and aimed to provide deeper awareness of relationship--with self, with others and with your place in the world at large. Patterns and ways of being are habituated and strengthened over time and repetition of experiences--even emotional experiences. The tendency to avoid pain is a core, fundamental human drive. As humans, we come up with some pretty effective and brilliant ways to avoid pain. However, much of the pain that we strive to avoid is historical pain, with origins in our relational history--re-enacted in both conscious and unconscious ways, presently. My aim is to support your sense of agency and self-compassion--to attend to you and your pain in collaboration in the present. Together, we uncover inner resources and new opportunities to resolve pain rather than avoiding! We find resolve amidst changing circumstances, habituated patterns and outdated ways of being and beliefs of self. In safety and in relationship.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

In addition to my training to become a licensed professional counselor in the state of Oregon, I have several years of experience working with folks on the substance use disorder spectrum and their loved ones. I have worked across various levels of care from in-patient and partial hospitalization to out-patient. My ongoing studies include training in Attachment-Focused EMDR, Mindful Self- Compassion Teacher-Training, Hakomi and Recreation of Self Models, and attachment-based, relational therapy. Interpersonal neurobiology, attachment & development, trauma and early experiences of stress inform the way I conceptualize human struggles and the way I approach care. I currently offer counseling via telehealth video services only.

Techniques I Use


  • Relational  External link
  • Mindfulness-based External link

    Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to our experience as it is happening in the moment. As we learn to pay attention to our experiences as they are happening, we are better able to notice our common reactions and responses and the subtleties that often otherwise go unnoticed. Therapy allows the special opportunity of slowing down and get connected to ourselves in mindful awareness.

  • Somatic Therapy (Body Centered) External link

Issues I Treat


  • Adjustment Disorder External link

    Each stage and phase of life has unique challenges and opportunities for an evolved self to emerge. We are certainly feeling change simmering on every level in our current world. On some levels, we adjust quickly to change--we are designed to adapt. But we evolve slowly--almost minutely--over time. I love offering a safe and supportive place for clients to pay attention to themselves and the ways they are being stretched in the change process--and walking with them through that process.

  • Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Dependence External link

    Humans have evolved to avoid pain, approach reward-- implicitly and below the level of consciousness. I have several years of experience in treating individuals and families afflicted with addiction and helping them understand this complicated arena, reduce shame and stigma and regain access to empowered choice. The power of human connection, belonging and purpose are vital in treating patterns of substance abuse and often overlooked. Recovery is about more than abstinence alone!

  • PTSD External link

    I am passionate about working with folks who have experienced stress and trauma in their childhood with lasting impacts into adulthood. Adverse childhood experiences alter the structure of brain which can have implications over a lifetime. Often referred to as "little t trauma" it includes chronic experiences of pain and the related impacts on development and coping with stress. Nervous-system regulation and attending to early, painful experiences are areas of focus in treatment.

  • Codependency External link

    Codependency at a basic level is a deeply personal misunderstanding of needs and boundaries with misguided attempts to connect, to receive love and to feel valued. Learning to understand oneself and one's needs can be a rich experience. Learning to develop a compassionate, loving core of self is a priority in this work. My training in Mindful Self Compassion has been a solid foundation of training for this type of work.

  • Anxiety External link

    Anxiety is a general term for the several manifestations of experience that tend to produce nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These experiences can affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest somatically as symptoms and patterns in the body. Responding to ourselves amidst these types of difficulties can be challenging. MIndful, compassionate awareness and support can help!

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