Jessie Kaleikau, MA, Registered Professional Counselor Associate #R6284
“You aren’t what’s happened to you, you’re how you’ve overcome it.”- Beau Taplin
As a therapist, it is my job to walk alongside you throughout your healing journey. As a survivor of trauma, myself, I understand first-hand how it feels to be stuck in a cycle of hopelessness and how being in a dark place can feel paralyzing. I am here to sit with you to help create a brave space where we can work together to strengthen your resiliency to begin your healing process.
I specialize in working with teenagers, adults, and families who have experienced anxiety, depression, life adjustments/stressors, and teenagers and adults who have experienced trauma, abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault survivors. I work from a trauma-informed, person-first, person-centered approach, with a narrative therapy lens. Narrative therapy looks at what your story is and helps you find your identity and voice; together we can rewrite your story to help you live as your authentic self. This means that I allow the client to lead, because you know yourself better than I do, and you have the power to change the ending of your story. As a therapist, I am an outside person to support you in your healing journey. In addition to this, using trauma-informed care means that I have an understanding of how trauma can impact you.
I grew up on the only Native reservation in Alaska; working at the community mental health center on my reservation I have experience working with people of color, LGBTQIA+ folks, and families who experienced generational trauma, anxiety, depression, and life adjustments. I also have experience working with teenagers and families in a school system. As a graduate school intern, I was able to see how the school environment directly impacts mental health and that helped me better understand systems and how systems such as schools, can directly and indirectly impact your mental health. I think of mental health as intersectional and incorporate that into my practice as well; as a woman of color, I understand how we are influenced and affected by relationships, institutions, and systems around us.
I have completed an externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and a training in Narrative Exposure Therapy.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Fort Lewis College and a Master of Arts in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from George Fox University. I am currently a Registered Professional Counselor Associate in the state of Oregon. This means I have a master’s degree but am currently registered with the state to become a licensed professional counselor. My supervisor is Mary Massey, LMFT. I currently only work with people who are in the state of Oregon.