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...!)
“It is better to know how to learn than to know.” - Dr. Seuss
"In effect, what you pay attention to —what you rest your mind on — is the primary shaper of your brain." - Rick Hanson
“Tell me and I forget; teach me and I may remember; involve me and I will learn.” - Confucius
"Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it." - Mary Oliver
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.