Jessica Kieras, Ph.D.
|Professions: Mental Health Counseling, Psychology, Psychotherapy|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: Psychologist - 2198|
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I am a licensed Psychologist with experience working with teens, adults and families to support them in overcoming difficulties that are keeping them from enjoying life to its fullest. I have experience using interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Family Therapy, Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I work mostly with issues of Generalized Anxiety, Panic and Social Anxiety, but also work to help increase motivation, academic success, physical health and positive parent-teen relationships. I especially enjoy helping people incorporate exercise into their lives as a way of living a more rich, fulfilling and adventurous life.
During the first few therapy sessions we will discuss what has been bothering you (or your teen) and work together to create a plan and choose an approach that best fits your needs. Please feel free to call me with any questions.
Email or Call Jessica Kieras, Ph.D. at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 14106
More Info About My Practice
I am a preferred ("in-network") provider for Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, Lifewise, Pacific Source, Aetna, Cigna, MHR, MHN, First Health Choice, and Moda (ODS).
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I feel particularly confident working with teenagers and younger adults who are experiencing struggles with their parents and/or feeling anxious or depressed. I think I really like working on these issues because my training is primarily in family therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. I believe strongly in both of these approaches and enjoy combining them in interesting and innovative ways to make an approach that is well suited to the needs of the people I'm supporting.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
What I love about being a therapist is that I get to listen to people talk about their experiences as human beings and I get to witness healing occurring every day. I consider the human experience to be precious, remarkable and interesting. What I find particularly fascinating is people's inherent capacity to heal themselves when given helpful support and encouragement. I consider myself very fortunate to be in a position to witness this kind of healing going on daily.
My Guiding Ethical Principles
1) Listen first to make sure I really understand your unique personal experience. If I don't understand what you're experiencing, how can I begin to be helpful? Although human beings have a lot in common with one another, what works for me or for my last client may not be helpful for you. I need to listen both initially and throughout the process to make sure that therapy is tailored to your needs and truly benefits you.
2) Accepting Feedback. I believe that I should ask for feedback regularly and take it seriously. Some schools of therapy interpret negative feedback to the therapist's suggestions as "resistance" and it is assumed the therapist needs to help the client overcome their resistance. I look at negative feedback as a chance to consider how to be more effective in supporting people. If you tell me that a particular approach is less helpful than others, I'm going to listen to you and modify things in any way I can so that you feel like you're supported.
3) Focus. People come to therapy because they want some professional support in making some changes in their lives. During our sessions, I take the responsibility of making sure that we spend our time in the interest of helping you feel better. I take notes, refer to notes from past sessions and make summaries that help us create a solid conceptualization and plan. This structure provides some continuity between sessions as well as focus during sessions.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Usually the people I see in therapy are more courageous, intelligent and self-aware than people who choose not to attend therapy to help with struggles. I've also found that I share similar values with clients in terms of striving for personal growth, compassion and care for how you affect other people and a desire to understand and be understood. If you're considering coming to therapy, it means that you already have the natural capacity to heal and that you believe in other humans enough to summon the courage to trust one with some pretty personal topics.
Within the context of therapy, I believe in making the most of these strengths in the service of helping your personal growth and healing process move forward. Some people come to therapy feeling so bad that they don't believe they have any strengths at all. They've come to talk to me because they think there is something horribly wrong with them. I try to listen and understand why they feel that way. I believe it's important to listen and validate a person's perspective on their weaknesses. How else can I help? The strange Catch 22 of therapy is encouraging self-acceptance while at the same time recognizing and appreciating a person's desire to change things. Basically, we talk about it until we both feel that we've come to a balanced, shared perspective on what you would like to change and what you'd like to accept as a part of your experience as a human.
Services I Provide
- Family Therapy
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
Children, Adolescents, Adults, Athletes
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