IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CLIENTS
I will be out of the office until Thurs April 24 and will have very limited cell and internet service while I'm gone. I will do my best to answer important messages but this may not be possible.
If you are having a mental health crisis, call 911 or go to the emergency room. My colleague Heidi Williams is covering for me. Her number is 503-806-0391.You can also call the Multnomah County Crisis Line at 503-988-4888.
I will answer other emails and return calls when I get back.
Introspections/My Therapist Said is the private therapy and counseling practice of Jamie Pettus PsyD LPC, based in Portland, Oregon. Why "Introspections", you might ask? My idea for the name of my therapy came from the belief that there can be no real growth without looking inward. Socrates said it best, I think, when he said," The unexamined life is not worth living." It is my hope that you're here because you want your life to be different in some way...because what worked for you in the past isn't working now.
One of the great things about therapy/counseling is that you get to talk to this person who isn't going to judge you, and isn't affected by what you do or don't do. And I can be much more objective since I'm not involved. I also bring a lot of experience and education to the table, which gives me a broader perspective. I think YOU have many of your answers within you...you just need a little help finding them. That's where I come in.
My focus (and my passion) is with the LGBT community, though I certainly don't limit my work to 'family'! Rest assured, though, that my counseling is gay friendly. I work with all kinds of people from all walks of life and with all kinds of life challenges. Whether you're interested in individual counseling or couples counseling, I'd consider it an honor to work with you. My mission is to provide quality therapy at an affordable fee.
(By the way...if you're wondering why my website URL is 'MyTherapistSaid', it's a tongue-in-cheek reference to the way people in therapy sometimes tell their friends, 'well, my therapist said...!)
“Being content is perhaps no less easy than playing the violin well: and requires no less practice.” - Alain de Botton
“I'm not lost for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” - A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
A few songs to share...some are just nice to hear...some have important things to say about mental illness. I don't like the word 'crazy' but it serves a purpose in these songs.