Marcy Irene Jenks

Marcy Irene Jenks (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MS, RN, NCC, LPC-Intern

I believe everyone can benefit from counseling! Let's meet for a free, 30-minute consult and see if we'd be a good fit to work together!

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

503-272-1656

1235 SE Division St Suite #104

Portland, 97202

TELEMENTAL HEALTH SESSIONS AVAILABLE

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $80-$130

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2017

Languages: English

Faith: Agnosticism, Atheism, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Mormonism, Taoism, Wicca/Paganism, Interfaith, Multifaith

Services

  • Individual
  • Group
  • Relationship

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket

My Approach to Helping

I offer compassionate and heart-centered counseling to individuals, couples and groups, using mindful, experiential, relational and somatic based techniques. In sessions I invite you to discover your authentic self by curiously exploring all aspects of your personhood, helping you to pay attention to yourself from a place of non-judgmental observation, and from this place to study your experience of the world. Providing a supportive and safe container, I will hold space for your deepest wisdoms to unfold; an insightful process that allows for increased awareness, presence and inspiration that is life-changing! I also draw from existential, humanistic and psychodynamic theories based on your unique needs regarding mind, body, spirit and soul. I believe that the counselor-client relationship is at the foundation of a successful self-exploration endeavor and with gentle curiosity, grace and wonder, we will partner on a journey to a place of self-integration and fullness of being.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I feel fortunate to have spent ten years as a stay at home mom raising my three children, then earning a BS in Nursing from the UW in Seattle and becoming Certified as an Ayurvedic Consultant through Kerala Ayurveda Academy. Graduating from Walden University with a MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, I finished a year-long internship with the M.E.T.A Counseling Clinic in Portland, completed the Hakomi Mindful Somatic Professional Skills Module, the Re-Creation of the Self Module, and the Primary Attachment Psychotherapy Module. I have explored various aspects of mental health and its relation to physical health through my work as a hospital nurse, and have studied psychology through an eastern perspective, providing assessment, diagnosis and treatment consultations to clients using Ayurvedic medicine. These experiences have seasoned my understanding and reverence of human diversity with a deep respect for the unique healing path that each person discovers for themselves.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Mindfulness-based External link

    I completed the Hakomi Mindful Experiential Psychotherapy Module at the M.E.T.A Training Center and practiced for a year under the supervision of Donna Roy using this model of therapy. Hakomi is grounded in the principles of Unity, Organicity, Mind/Body/Spirit Holism, Mindfulness, Non-violence, Truth, and Change, and is a process of mindfully exploring 'core material' in order to sort which material enhances our life and which limits us.

  • Relational  External link

    Trust, unconditional positive regard and empathy are aspects of the client-counselor relationship essential to therapeutic success. Using the counseling relationship as a way to examine key components of your attachment templates, we can uncover how early or current relationship wounding affects your life. I have completed the Primary Attachment Psychotherapy Module and lean heavily on loving-presence as the root of my counseling practice.

  • Somatic Therapy (Body Centered) External link

    "Soma" is the Greek word meaning "living body". Too often we are disconnected from our body's wisdoms and might ignore the wealth of insight and understanding the body has for our lives. Somatic approaches to therapy involve exploring and including the body's experiences in each session, understanding that our bodies, even when in pain or discomfort, can be a resource and ally towards living a fulfilling life.

  • Existential External link

    Authenticity and freedom are the primary virtues of existentialism. Completing the Re-Creation of the Self Professional Module, I ascribe to the philosophy which posits that we are innately whole - expansive, abundant and loving. I use this method to empower clients to emerge from perceptions of woundedness and merge with their organic self, which leads to an understanding of each persons unique purpose of life.

  • Humanistic  External link

    We are all humans first. I believe we are also innately good, even when our actions, thoughts or other people would convince us otherwise. The tenants of a Humanistic approach include self-actualization, creativity, intrinsic nature, becoming, and meaning. Your experiences and interpretations of these experience are central to understanding your place in the world. From a humanistic lens, we can explore these experiences and discover your unique self.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Personal Growth External link

    So many of us have experienced the fragmentation of trauma from our past which greatly impacts how we organize in our present life. Gently examining both past and present experiences can determine the way we move into the future. Informed by Jon Eisman's Re-Creation of the Self model, our sessions will explore your pre-existing inner resources and lay the foundation for living from a state of integration and wholeness.

  • Self-Esteem External link

    From the start, life can be filled with experiences that decrease our self-esteem and deflate any innate sense of confidence, which leads to consciously or unconsciously believing we are not worthy; we are not enough. Together, we can sort through the core material that developed these heart-breaking beliefs and discover the jewel of your being which is welcome here, and encouraged to shine its light.

  • Women's Issues External link

    Examining the transitioning roles of the female from Maiden to Mother to Matron.

  • Chronic Pain or Illness External link

    Now more than ever is the time to address issues related to health, illness, pain, wellness, and suffering. The current Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated any preexisting physical and mental health concerns; what an opportunity to strengthen our commitment to health for ourselves and our families.

  • Panic External link

    Panic is a common reaction to situations that feel overwhelming and out of control. Learning to manage and redirect anxious energy is part of what we can focus on in our counseling sessions, inviting the panic to show us what it needs and thus allow for integration and calming of the panic experience.

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