Jessamyn Wesley

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Critical inquiry to deconstruct status quos, embolden paradox, inhabit contradiction, embrace dialectics, and fortify complexity.

Licensed Professional Counselor in portland, OR

  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Contact
  • Individual

About My Clients

The filtering down of social, political, and economic realities into our psychological, emotional, and relational lives creates the internalization of oppressive systems. Mandates of relentless optimism, neoliberal ideology, and inequity intensify alienation, anxiety, shame, numbness, and loneliness. Kindling acceptance can make room for change and resistance. Congruence with ourselves, even if at odds with dominant systems, brings opportunities to forge meaningful, sustainable, connected lives.

My Background and Approach

I completed my graduate degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in 2014, with a specialization in Somatic Psychology highlighting the inter-relatedness of our physical, physiological, psychological, and social experiences. My undergraduate degree from Antioch College in Cultural Interdisciplinary Studies focused on gender and sexuality studies, stoking critical analysis. My formal and informal education has emphasized the historical, intergenerational, political, and interpersonal implications of social structures. A life-long Portlander and lover of books and words, I believe in the possibilities that come from agitation, and the momentum of small shifts. Drawing on feminist, existential, critical, and liberation philosophies, the purpose of therapy with me is not fixing or curing, securing happiness, or progressing on a tidy trajectory. I strive to offer resonance, deep listening, witnessing, invitations to question and redefine, and thoughtful skepticism.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

Psychology has participated in colluding to justify sexism, misogyny, racism, white supremacy, colonialism, heteronormativity, homophobia, and ablism. Obscuring systemic and cultural influences shaping our realities, bodies, and selves locates pathology within individuals, assigning personal responsibility for suffering and perpetuating shame towards pain. The internalization of systemic injustices and their rationales, iniquity and its disguises, distort into a belief they stem from within. As we absorb structural and systemic influences, we also emanate outward. We internalize systems of domination in our bodies and psyches, recreating them towards ourselves and one another. As the ripples extend in both directions and change is intrinsic, evolution persists. Liberation within connects to a capacity to contribute towards liberation in our world. Consciousness of context fuels reconstructing relationships, rewriting beliefs and understandings, and practices of solidarity.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Oregon Health Plan
I offer online counseling in the following states:
I have experience with the following
  • Agnosticism
  • Atheism
  • Judaism
  • Wicca/Paganism

At A Glance

  • Experience: 8 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $150 - 160/session


971.238.7913 Email Jessamyn
p.o. box 11571
portland, OR 97211

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