Jessamyn Wesley, LMFT Intern

Individual and Relationship Therapist
Philosophy and Approach:
Therapy can function as a site of radical  and revolutionary change. Therapy can create opportunities for  resistance to status quo coping of avoidance, consumption, numbness,  disconnection, and suffering; hone our abilities to weather and grow  through pain; navigate inevitable discomfort and uncertainty; provide  safety to explore fear, anger, shame, and other difficult emotions;  cultivate inherent resilience; and offer a reparative environment.  Therapy can be a place to practice vulnerability, unpack dichotomies,  reduce harm, enhance integrity, challenge norms, and strengthen  relationships.

I draw inspiration and guidance from social justice movements. My  approach pulls from feminist, anti-oppressive, attachment, existential, and critical psychology theories. I incorporate an inter- personal, institutional, and cultural power analysis, and lean  heavily on cultural humility. Living amidst experiences of  marginalization and injustice create unique realities, yet are not  the totality of who you are. I balance a recognition of the  environmental context with respect for your personal agency. I  inhabit my role as therapist to practice attunement to your unique  needs, which may fluctuate or vary over time. I attempt to create  therapy that is dynamic, transparent, and collaborative.

Sliding Scale Fee Structure: Owls’ Nest North is committed to making services accessible to everyone regardless of ability to pay. We seek  to catch those who fall through the cracks of care in our current  system. My sliding scale is determined by the current fee schedule of  Owls’ Nest North. If you are un- or under-insured and therefore forced  to pay out-of-pocket, please let me know prior to our first session, so  we can determine your eligibility for a sliding scale fee. If you are  experiencing difficulty navigating the new healthcare system, we are  also happy to support and advocate for you in becoming insured.

At this time, I am only available to see OHP subscribers and cash/ out-of-pocket payers. My fees with a cash-pay discount are: $80 for individuals and $100 for couples/families.

Cancellations: Occasionally life intervenes and prevents us from  following through with our commitments. I trust our mutual respect of  one another’s time. As such, it is our policy to collect my full session fee for no-shows and sessions cancelled with less than 24  hours notice.

If you are an OHP client, our contract does not allow us to charge  for missed appointments, but we are unable to hold appointment space  after two missed/late cancelled appointments.

Bio: I received my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from  John F. Kennedy University, with a specialization in Somatic Psychology, which highlights the inter-relatedness of bodies and  minds. I can incorporate attention to the role of bodily states  and experiences as wanted. I begin from a stance of body, size, and  fat positivity. My formal and informal education has explored the  somatic, physiological, intergenerational, historical, and inter- personal impacts of traumatic experiences, including oppression.  My educational background also includes gender and sexuality studies,  which contributes to the feminist and anti-oppression frame through  which I work.

I have experience working with children, youth, and families in  community mental health settings; and individuals living with HIV.  I have worked with clients around relationships, communication,  family structure transitions, anxiety, depression, gender identity,  grief and loss, substance use and addiction, community violence,  immigration, trauma, pregnancy, and eating disturbances and disorders.  As a queer identified person, I am personally and professionally invested in LGBQ and trans experiences, and am informed and affirmative of the range and spectrum of genders, sexualities, and relationship configurations and definitions.

Licensure: I am registered as a licensed marriage and family therapist intern in  the state of Oregon. As an intern licensee of the Oregon Board of  Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, I am bound by its code  of ethics. I am under the clinical supervision of Kristi Erlich, LMFT.

Contact: * 503.281.1166

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