Jessica Barnese

Jessica Barnese

Professional Counselor Associate

Living Life on Purpose ⎐ Somatic Psychotherapy ⎐ The Hakomi Method ⎐ All Bodies + All Orientations ⎐ Individuals + Couples

Client Status

accepting clients



4531 SE Belmont Ave

Portland, 97215-4018

At a Glance


Rate: $125-$150

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2018

Languages: English, Español


  • Individual
  • Relationship
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Approach to Helping

I use an experiential approach in counseling, where we follow the thoughts, feelings, emotions, and sensations that are occurring in the present moment as the window to explore deeper held beliefs. Together, we explore what is at the core of these beliefs and find new ways of understanding and holding the experiences you have had, to bring forward an updated perspective that leads from your most authentic, empowered self. Through feeling ourselves, we can know ourselves, and through knowing ourselves, we have greater capacity for self-acceptance and the empowerment to choose the life we want to live. Drawing from my training in The Hakomi Method of Mindful and Somatic Psychotherapy as well as psychodynamic theory, attachment theory, person-centered psychotherapy, and depth psychology, I use mindfulness, body-awareness, touch, movement, and dreamwork to help facilitate my client's process.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I have a Master's in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. My graduate work focused on depth psychology, psychodynamic theory, and Jungian studies. I have also completed the two-year comprehensive training in The Hakomi Method of Mindful, Somatic Psychotherapy at M.E.T.A. Institute in Portland, Oregon.

Techniques I Use


  • Somatic Therapy (Body Centered) External link

    What we have experienced in our lives creates patterns of responses that we often catch ourselves falling into, but don't always know how to get out of. These patterns are held in our nervous system as different forms of thinking and feeling, both in our emotions and as physiological responses in our bodies. In my practice, I address the way the mind, emotions, and body are interconnected to help my clients unwind these patterned responses and have more freedom and choice in their lives.

  • Hakomi External link

    The Hakomi Method is a present-focused, experiential approach to therapy that uses mindfulness, touch, and movement. Central to my practice is my use of The Hakomi Method to assist my clients in seeing themselves more.

  • Depth Therapy External link

    Depth therapy looks at the story untold, or the aspects of yourself that may not be conscious, but are seeking for a way to be expressed in your conscious life. I help you see more of the arch of your personal story and help you discover and live more of your own personal path of individuation.

Issues I Treat


  • Historical Trauma External link

    Trauma experienced during the formative years of childhood and adolescence structures our self-concept in ways that are limiting to our fullest expression and capacity to thrive. I work with a high-level of attunement and compassion to support my client's trauma in a way that promotes titration, slowness, safety, and resiliency.

  • Personal Growth External link

    I facilitate my clients process of deepening their awareness of themselves and their experiences. By gaining awareness of what was once unconscious, more self-agency and understanding is formed, in place of old patterned ways of being and reacting.

  • Self-Esteem External link

    The development of a solid sense of self with the confidence to enact change, set boundaries, and assert one's self is central to my approach. I work with people to empower their individuality and move through shame and the impacts of negative experiences.

  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    In my couples work, my focus is on supporting deeper understanding between the couple, whether it is to create a stronger relationship or to consciously uncouple. I work to mediate and offer experiential exercises to explore presenting and underlying issues that may exist in the partnership.

Contact Jessica

Optional note (300 character limit). Please do not include sensitive medical information.