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Jessica Van der Merwe
Jessica Van der Merwe
Counselor, MA, LMHC, LPC

Jessica Van der Merwe

Counselor, MA, LMHC, LPC (she, her)

Verified by Psychology Today Verified by Psychology Today
6 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97213
Waitlist for new clients
Let's Connect (360) 335-3906
Growing up in a dysfunctional family, being in a toxic or abusive relationship, or experiencing the horrors of a traumatic event can set you on a collision course with daily triggers to anger, sadness, overwhelm, panic, or dissociation. Maybe you notice your reactions in your relationships are causing harm, and you regularly experience the dreaded “shame spiral.” You minimize your pain, or others regularly do. If this is you, I’m glad you’re here. Long-term healing is possible. Even if only a small part of you hopes for change, I'm confident it's enough to start the journey toward a peaceful and thriving life.
I use humor, creativity and authentic presence as a therapist. I come from a trauma-informed strengths-based approach to trauma processing with Brainspotting therapy, and "parts" approaches. This approach is based on the science and wisdom of the body, while using a compassion-focused framework to reduce shame, excessive guilt, and trauma-related responses.
Emotional work is often the hardest work we will ever do. It doesn't come without having the courage and readiness to face your challenges. Existing with low confidence or feeling “stuck” can be transformed into a peaceful and thriving life. Call or email me today to connect for a free 15 min consultation, or read more about what I offer on my website.
Call or Jessica Van der Merwe now for a free 15 minute consultation - (360) 335-3906

My Practice at a Glance

Waitlist. Contact to join the list for in-person and online therapy.

Protea Counseling

Portland, OR 97213

(360) 335-3906
I provide secure video sessions as well as in-person options. Read about my protocol on my "what to expect" page at proteacounselingpnw.com.
I specialize in Trauma and PTSD, Anxiety and Codependency 
$150 Per Session  
I see individuals and couples  
Let's Connect (360) 335-3906

My Practice at a Glance

Waitlist. Contact to join the list for in-person and online therapy.

Protea Counseling

Portland, OR 97213

(360) 335-3906
I provide secure video sessions as well as in-person options. Read about my protocol on my "what to expect" page at proteacounselingpnw.com.
I specialize in Trauma and PTSD, Anxiety and Codependency 
$150 Per Session  
I see individuals and couples  

Finances

Fees

  • Individual Sessions $150
  • Couple Sessions $165
  • Sliding scale: apply if you may be eligible
  • Pay by American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Health Savings Account, Mastercard, Paypal, Visa

Insurance

  • Out of Network
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I am an out-of-network provider and able to provide superbills to any client who wishes to use their out-of-network benefits.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (360) 335-3906
Jessica Van der Merwe
Counselor, MA, LMHC, LPC
"
I am an out-of-network provider and able to provide superbills to any client who wishes to use their out-of-network benefits.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (360) 335-3906
Jessica Van der Merwe
Counselor, MA, LMHC, LPC

Qualifications

  • Verified by Psychology Today Licensed by State of Oregon / C6884 Jessica Van der Merwe
  • In Practice for 5 Years
  • License: Washington State Department of Health LH 61170052 / 2021
  • Attended Western Seminary, Masters of Arts in Counseling, Graduated 2019
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I am a Certified Brainspotting therapist, Certified in Trauma Informed Stabilization Therapy (TIST), and level 2 Gottman Method therapist.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (360) 335-3906
Jessica Van der Merwe
Counselor, MA, LMHC, LPC
"
I am a Certified Brainspotting therapist, Certified in Trauma Informed Stabilization Therapy (TIST), and level 2 Gottman Method therapist.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (360) 335-3906
Jessica Van der Merwe
Counselor, MA, LMHC, LPC

Specialties and Expertise

Top Specialties

  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Codependency

Expertise

  • ADHD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality (BPD)
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders (DID)
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Life Transitions
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Mood Disorders
  • Parenting
  • Personality Disorders
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Women's Issues
Do these issues align with your needs? or (360) 335-3906
Jessica Van der Merwe
Counselor, MA, LMHC, LPC
Do these issues align with your needs? or (360) 335-3906
Jessica Van der Merwe
Counselor, MA, LMHC, LPC

Client Focus

Age

Teen
Adults
Elders (65+)

Participants

Individuals
Couples

Communities

Body Positivity
Cancer
Gay Allied
HIV / AIDS Allied
Intersex Allied
Lesbian Allied
Non-Binary Allied
Queer Allied
Racial Justice Allied

Religion

Christian

Age

Teen
Adults
Elders (65+)

Participants

Individuals
Couples

Communities

Body Positivity
Cancer
Gay Allied
HIV / AIDS Allied
Intersex Allied
Lesbian Allied
Non-Binary Allied
Queer Allied
Racial Justice Allied

Religion

Christian

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy

  • Attachment-based
  • Brainspotting
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Gottman Method
  • Humanistic
  • Integrative
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
  • Person-Centered
  • Somatic
  • Strength-Based
  • Trauma Focused
  • Trauma-Informed Stabilization Therapy (TIST)
Ask about what different forms of therapy will be like. or (360) 335-3906
Jessica Van der Merwe
Counselor, MA, LMHC, LPC
Ask about what different forms of therapy will be like. or (360) 335-3906
Jessica Van der Merwe
Counselor, MA, LMHC, LPC

Location

Primary Location

Protea Counseling

Portland, OR 97213

(360) 335-3906
"
I provide secure video sessions as well as in-person options. Read about my protocol on my "what to expect" page at proteacounselingpnw.com.
Call for a free consultation now - (360) 335-3906
Jessica Van der Merwe
Counselor, MA, LMHC, LPC
"
I provide secure video sessions as well as in-person options. Read about my protocol on my "what to expect" page at proteacounselingpnw.com.
Call for a free consultation now - (360) 335-3906
Jessica Van der Merwe
Counselor, MA, LMHC, LPC
Last Modified: 9 Mar 2024