Jorie Wehrell

(MA, LMFT, CMHS)

About Me

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.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is an empirically supported method of therapy for treating depression and anxiety. Though each client is unique and has individual needs and responses to treatment, I find that IPT is generally helpful for most individuals in treatment. IPT is time limited, meaning we will not spend years and years in therapy working to treat symptoms. Instead I view the symptoms of anxiety and depression in relation to the life situations taking place right now, and work collaboratively to build coping skills, change patterns of behavior, and work through issues that come up due to life circumstances (see more information about IPT here https://www.interpersonalpsychotherapy.org/ ).

Because each client is unique, I do not practice solely IPT and also rely heavily on a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) background and extensive training to work with clients on how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are related and how they may be contributing to or causing current symptoms, as well as concrete steps to work toward changing these impacting factors. I am also trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT).

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.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family
  • Parenting
  • Depression

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related, Eating, Sleeping, Anger, Self esteem, Career, Bipolar

Years of Experience: 11

Licensing

LMFT #LF60231144 (Expires: 2018-05-31)


Reviews

Written by R.A. on Jan 12, 2018 after counseling with Jorie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, self esteem, anger, and career

I have struggled for years and counseling was not helpful in the past. A bit skeptical (okay a lot skeptical) I signed up and was matched with Jorie. The time we have been chatting has been intense but extremely helpful. The conversations are deep and get to the heart of the issue and have allowed for understanding of things never imagined. This has allowed me to see many things and feel settled and my heart is finally getting the healing it needs and the support I deserve. Thank you.

Written by .. on Jan 03, 2018 after counseling with Jorie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, grief, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, anger, and career

Jorie is AMAZING, WONDERFUL, KNOWLEDGEABLE! I am beyond thankful for her. She has saved me from a very low and dark place.

Written by L.A. on Dec 26, 2017 after counseling with Jorie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, parenting, and career

I've been working with Jorie for almost a month and I already feel like she has helped me to accomplish so much. I appreciate her communication style and her very thoughtful input regarding the situations we talk about. I can tell she genuinely cares about helping me. Jorie always responds quickly and thoroughly. She offers really great insight and thought provoking questions, which has allowed me to start seeing progress within myself. I trust Jorie's experience and knowledge whole-heartedly and I really looking forward to continue working with her.

Written by A.N. on Nov 30, 2017 after counseling with Jorie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family, and parenting

Jorie is very thoughtful and will answer all of the concerns I express. I found her very approachable and empathetic, and her experience proves to be very helpful.

Written by C.L. on Nov 29, 2017 after counseling with Jorie for 2 weeks on issues concerning family, grief, eating, self esteem, and anger

Jorie is an extremely well articulated and empathetic counselor. She understands the main points of your situation and is capable of motivating you to gain clarity while taking realistic steps to ameliorate your feelings around the situation your are going through in a timely manner. I adore writing to her and have already spoken about her services and this awesome website to some friends. Thank you for your fantastic support, I am sure I will get to a turning point of my issue.

Written by T.R. on Nov 29, 2017 after counseling with Jorie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and intimacy-related

Jorie is thoughtful, respectful and kind. Her expertise shows clearly and working with her has been a great experience.