Jonathan Joebgen

Jonathan Joebgen

Licensed Clinical Social Worker


I am skilled at helping individuals navigate challenges by cultivating growth, deepening insight, building skills, and fostering connection.

Client Status

not accepting clients



610 SW Broadway, Ste. 306

Portland, OR 97205

At a Glance


Rate: $150

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2011

Languages: English


  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • BridgeSpan
  • MODA
  • Providence Health Plan
  • Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield

My Approach to Helping

My personal style is highly intuitive, dynamic, and personable. And my approach to therapy is rooted in mindfulness and strategies to build awareness and insight into one’s thoughts, feelings, actions, and personal experience to cultivate growth, self-acceptance, and a sense of agency or choice. With increased awareness you will be able to “slow down” and better understand what it is you are thinking, feeling, and experiencing in the moment so that you can make an informed decision about how you would like to respond. In our work together, I will teach you skills to help you relate to yourself and others in a way that is helpful, balanced and kind. I have successfully helped others to heal from past pain and loss and form new, healthy relationships based on trust, helped people find their voice and build a sense of self that feels authentic and whole, as well as overcome anxiety and all the "what ifs" that don't seem to end.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I am a licensed clinical social worker/therapist and earned my Master of Social Work degree from Portland State University. I incorporate Western psychology, neuroscience, and Eastern wisdom traditions in my work, and I have advanced training in the application of Buddhist psychology and Gestalt Therapy. That said, my approach is still very secular and really value and appreciate a skeptical mind because it's so important that we each find our own truth and approach that resonates. I am a founding member of a local sangha called the FUTUS (F you, Thank you) and our name honors the complexity of life and sense of both resistance and gratitude that can come with growth and change. I challenge myself daily to deepen my work and practice so that I can act with integrity and walk my talk. I love to foster that same growth in others and to help my clients to fully embrace themselves and own their power and brilliance.

Techniques I Use


  • Mindfulness-based External link

    My approach to therapy is rooted in mindfulness and strategies to build awareness and insight into one’s thoughts, feelings, actions, and personal experience to cultivate growth, self-acceptance, and a sense of agency or choice. I use mindfulness strategies to improve the effectiveness of other therapy approaches (i.e. CBT, gestalt). I also teach the use of meditation to reduce stress.

  • Gestalt External link

    Gestalt Therapy is a holistic and relational process in which change occurs through increased awareness of thoughts, feelings, and experiences as they occur. For example, I may help you notice when you talk softer while telling of a time you couldn't express yourself to a parent. This may be followed up with an experiment where you practice a new way of responding while maintaining your volume.

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) External link

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on the connection and intersection between our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors/actions. Our thoughts and how we think about ourself, others, and situations has a huge impact on how we feel and respond. CBT can help to identify and change old storylines (i.e. I'm never good enough, the world is a dangerous place) to improve self-esteem and reduce anxiety.

Issues I Treat


  • Coronavirus/COVID-19 External link

    No time like the present to learn skills to bring kind awareness and skillful attention to our experiences and relationships than now. My goal during the COVID-19 pandemic is to offer a virtual safe space for processing your fears and feelings, teach skills for managing stress and anxiety during this uncertain time, as well as find a sense of meaning and purpose as a source of inspiration.

  • LGBTQ Issues External link

    I am passionate about working with LGBTQ-identified adults, teens, and families. I work from an affirmative framework with these populations. This means I believe it is essential to go beyond “accepting” to help individuals and families to fully understand and embrace all aspects of identity and diversity, to improve self-esteem and confidence, as well as cultivate growth and support.

  • Self-Esteem External link

    My favorite line in the Desiderata poem (Max Ehrmann, 1927) is: 'Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.' It is a profound and powerful notion that you, as you already are, are valuable and worthy of love and respect. I am committed to helping others to realize and embrace this.

  • Anxiety External link

    We all have anxiety to some extent and it's a good thing because it often keeps us safe. The trouble is when our system of assessment is off and we find ourselves responding to threats that may not be there or not to the extent we think they are. With a sense of understanding and kindness we can explore those worries and fears together to find a way of moving forward.

  • Depression External link

    There are many factors that contribute to our mood and can lead to lasting feelings of sadness and depression. Our mood can also be impacted by how we view ourselves, others, and the world. I can help you to make adjustments to the tangible causes (i.e. feeling powerless in our current political climate) and help you to find perspective and relate to yourself with kindness and compassion.

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