Hello! Allow me to introduce myself!
My name is Jaye and I am glad to have the opportunity to serve you.
They say, “Do what you love and never work a day in your life”, well, I don’t know who “they” are, but they are right!
I knew I wanted to be a therapist after finding a book about Freud when I was 10 years old. I was a voracious reader and I was captivated! Yeah, I know I was a nutty little kid, but I held fast to my dream.
When I was 18, my life took a different path and I became a hairstylist instead, as I had a young son to support. I loved that work – the fast pace, the creativity, the mixing of chemicals in the backroom… it was FUN! The best part though, was learning about my clients through their stories and becoming a trusted part of their lives. People tell their hairdressers everything, right? What better training ground!
I worked as a hairdresser off and on for 18 years and spent the rest of the time raising 3 beautiful children. When my children were a bit older, I decided I wanted to go back to school and fulfill my dream of being a therapist. I went back to school in 2003 and then started working in mental health in 2005. At first I helped co-running groups with children and then working with men diagnosed with schizophrenia within a small locked facility. While working there, I finished my undergrad in psychology in 2005 and started grad school in 2006.
In 2008, I was hired by the Washington Department of Corrections and moved into forensic mental health. I have worked in forensic mental health, at a variety of facilities in the Pacific NW, for 13 years. In 2017, I worked at a couple ‘community health’ facilities and even spent some time working at the Multnomah County Jail. Its all been a wonderful, wild ride but I am ready now for new challenges, and thusly, I have decided to leave forensics behind and move into private practice.
I love working with individuals and couples! I have years of experience with 'people of color' (is that a politically correct, relevant phrase anymore? I don't know... :) ) and years of experience with just about every mental health concern imaginable. I have many “specialties”, as in mental health topics that I like to help with, but my top specialties are anxiety/depression; identity issues; LGBTQ issues, intimacy issues and couples’ issues (intimacy, sex, divorce). My counselor ‘style’ is client-centered and solution-centered based in Mindfulness. I utilize various exercises/skills teaching and journaling as my modality of change with my clients. We will always work in collaboration together… Your therapy is all about YOU!
I have practiced as a therapist for the last 15 years utilizing client-centered, solution-centered, strength-based style combined with empathy, validation and compassion to form a strong therapeutic relationship. I view my therapeutic role as one "with the heart of a teacher" in which I spend time finding out what the client desires in their life and then teach the client ways to create and attain their own vision of success through holistic, collaborative effort.
My specialty is working from a trauma informed standpoint teaching Mindfulness for symptom management and distress tolerance. Starting where the client is on their therapeutic journey the learning/practice of Mindfulness allows for the exploration of belief systems and offers the client consistent safety and support needed for them to shift beliefs and try new behaviors.
I am a proud member of the LGBTQ community! In my personal life I love spending time playing with my dog, growing mushrooms, writing group materials and having many outdoors adventures with my wife such as kayaking (she paddleboards, I am the kayak!), hiking, camping and foraging in the forest. We also love to do art projects and cook together. I look forward to hearing your story and helping you meet your goals in life… I can promise your hard work will be worth it!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, ADHD, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Cancer, Communication Problems, Control Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
OR LPC C6120
A great therapist, who takes the time to listen and understand.
Written on Jul 09, 2023 after therapy with Jaye for 2 years and 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts
Jaye has been the most amazing person to speak with. Although I've only done counseling a short time, she completely understands and takes the time needed to help me through things. Very much appreciated
Written on Sep 28, 2022 after therapy with Jaye for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Jaye has been awesome. Excellent listener and drills down to the core issue really well. Great at cutting to the chase but at the same time offering hope and support.
Written on Sep 23, 2022 after therapy with Jaye for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and sleeping disorders
She seems very attentive. And is a great listener...
Written on Jul 25, 2022 after therapy with Jaye for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes
I couldn’t afford therapy for a while but as soon as I got back it was like talking to an old friend! It was wonderful and she’s amazing 11/10 if you have the chance definitely talk with her
Written on Jul 16, 2022 after therapy with Jaye for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties
She has really turned my life around to a positive outlook.
Written on May 13, 2022 after therapy with Jaye for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd