I began my work in the social service field more than a decade ago, working in a wide range of therapeutic settings before laying my roots as a marriage and family therapist. From therapeutic group homes and the juvenile justice system to community mental health and private practice, I have spent years working with individuals and families in a multitude of roles.
I believe individuals, families and couples have the ability to support each other, meet each other's needs, and solve their own problems. However, sometimes circumstances arise which make this difficult. At other times, people either lose objectivity with old problems or try to solve new problems in old ways. This is when professional assistance can make a difference. I believe that we all have our own experiencing of the world around us and that these experiences shape our narrative of ourselves, our relationships with others, and how these pieces fit together in our lives. I help clients understand these narratives and past patterns of behavior, and work to find new coping skills and solutions and provide support along the way.
My therapeutic approach is collaborative, client centered, and active. I believe the relationship between myself and a client sets the tone for therapy and is key to helping the client on a path to wellness and reaching their established goals. I believe in holding space for clients that feels safe and comfortable for sharing and collaboration in helping my clients reach their goals. When working with clients I generally use a combination of interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help clients form concrete goals with a time-limited approach. Additionally, I find a psychodynamic approach to working with clients to be helpful in meeting goals presented in our work together.
I have worked as a therapist or counselor for more than ten years, have a BA in Psychology, a MA in Child, Couple, Family Therapy, and a MBA in Healthcare Management. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Washington, as well as child mental health specialist and maternal mental health specialist.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy
WA LMFT LF60231144
I don't know what I would do without Jorie. She has been so instrumental in my growth and I can think about where I was at the beginning of the year compared to where I am now, and I am in such a better place. She is amazing and I am thankful for her insight every day. Even my friends will ask me "What do you think Jorie would say about this type of situation." We all love her and her thoughtful counseling.
Written on Dec 21, 2020 after therapy with Jorie for 3 years on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, and career difficulties
Jorie has helped me a lot through my recent struggles. She often offers an insight that I myself am not able to see clearly. I value and respect her opinion and I feel safe in her care.
Written on Oct 04, 2020 after therapy with Jorie for 1 year and 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties
Jorie is as intuitive as she is experienced. I don't know how she takes my outburst paragraphs and makes them into legitimately self-aware important moments to learn from, but I'm so grateful for it and for her. She's never scared of the scary stuff.
Written on May 25, 2020 after therapy with Jorie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and bipolar disorder
Written on Mar 07, 2019 after therapy with Jorie for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem
Jorie is responsive, insightful, gentle, and kind.
Written on Dec 01, 2018 after therapy with Jorie for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and anger management
Jorie is very attentive to my needs, always helps me understand my feelings in a way that makes sense, and overall genuinely cares about me. She's been a great help so far and I feel I'm making good progress!
Written on Nov 15, 2018 after therapy with Jorie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, and anger management