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The Pursuit of Wellness, LLC

 Jen Shelton, MA, MS, LPC, NCC

 Telehealth therapy and supervision in Oregon

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I recommend the following therapists: 

  • Emily Hinman Benedict (virtual): Spirituality, body image, relational issues, existential questions.
  • Cante Nakanishi: Couples and families. Prepare-Enrich and Gottman Method certified.
  • Lisa Sacker (in person): Anxiety, depression, substance use, trauma. Offering EMDR.
  • Jeremiah Peck (in person and virtual in Washington): Couples, spirituality, marriage and family counseling, men's issues. 

 

*Here's the link to the client portal for my lovely current folks: https://jen-shelton.clientsecure.me 

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Therapy Groups

Therapy

 

Dani Lutzow, intern therapist at The Pursuit of Wellness, is accepting new clients. Email her at Dani.TPOWLLC@gmail.com.

 

New TPOW therapist, Jeanne-Marie Ritter, will be accepting new clients very soon. Email her at JeanneMarie.TPOW@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Therapy groups are available to anyone living in Oregon. Groups are low-pressure and you are encouaged to participate to the extent that you feel comfortable. Each week, we will start with trivia, learn and practice a new skill or cover a topic, and end with a quote. I will check your insurance for out-of-network group coverage and I take PacificSource insurance. Being on camera is optional. Humor is encouraged. Feel free to join when you can and skip when you can't.

                                                                                                       

 

Starting September 26, 2022: Creative writing process group for people with DID/OSDD

 

           This group is meeting twice a week on Mondays at 11:00am and Tuesdays at 5:00pm to provide multiple opportunities for folks to attend. Once you sign up, you can attend either one of the options each week - whichever works best for you. Here's what to expect: Like most group series, we will begin with a couple of trivia questions, cover a topic that is relevant to living as a system, respond to writing prompts, and share with the group.

            Each week, there will be 2-4 prompts related to the topic and you will be given some time to write, draw, or create in response to the prompt. You are strongly encouraged to engage in group conversations after each prompt. The participants who join this group with you are your peers! This is a chance for people in the DID community to connect with each other and learn from each other's experiences. In an effort to protect your privacy and confidentiality, I encourage you to sign in under a first name of your choice and leave your camera off during the group. You are also more than welcome to use your full name and leave your camera on if you'd like. 

              Email Jen now for more info and stay tuned for a preview of the the weekly topics coming soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why go to therapy? Any and all reasons! There are unlimited reasons why a person might want to include a clinician in their support network. There are no rules. You don't have to talk about a specific thing or focus only on what is going wrong in your life. What would you like to see change? Are there patterns or challenges that just keep happening? Are you navigating existential questions, such as spirituality or being unsure what your purpose is in life? Does it seem like some of the relationships in your life just don't ever work out? Do you find yourself wondering, "Why does this keep happening to me?" These are questions people might be asking themselves when considering whether or not to see a therapist. There isn't a wrong reason to go to therapy.

 

You are doing it right every time you show up. (By the way, therapists go to therapy. Everyone who wants to should get to have therapy.)

 

Most of the clients Jen supports are struggling with posttraumatic stress, dissociation, plural experiences (also sometimes referred to as living with parts/alters or dissociative identity disorder), depression, making big decisions, difficulty adjusting to transitions in life, anxiety, and/or challenges in their relationships. If any of these things sound familiar or you are someone who continues to have a hard time with painful past events interrupting your life, we could be a good fit as partners moving toward your increased wellness together. 

 

Jen's approach to therapy is focused on your individual strengths, values, and abilities. There are dozens of modalities, also known as approaches or orientations, to therapy. Most therapists are trained in a handful of them during their education, and some pursue additional training or supervision to further develop their skills with specific modalities. Therapists select the approaches, principles, or techniques that are within their scope, tailoring them to the needs of each person they support. Jen's approach most often uses elements of internal family systems therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, ego systems therapy, motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment therapy, and existentialism. Each of those is just a fancy-sounding clinical term and you are welcome to ask for more information about them. Here are a few examples of things we can work on during our visits: 

 

  • Trauma recovery

  • Dissociation/plural experiences/multiplicity (zoning out, losing time, living with parts/alters, etc.)

  • Life transitions

  • Depression 

  • Stress management

  • Anxiety

  • Relationship challenges

  • Communication skills

  • Self-reflection and personal growth

  • Attachment styles

  • Recognizing and changing relational patterns

  • Grounding, coping, connecting with self

  • Creating and maintaining boundaries in relationships
  • Different abilities, marginalized communities

 

 

Disclaimers: Jen does not provide comprehensive psychological evaluation such as that which is typically provided by psychologists. While she can support you with a variety of goals and mental health needs, her main focus is on serving individuals within the DID community. She does not specialize in assessment, diagnosis, or treatment specifically for ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, traumatic brain injury, eating disorders, or substance use/addiction, nor couples/marriage/family therapy or working with children under the age of 16. She is generally available during business hours, but may be unable to take your call or get back to you for 2-3 business days. The TPOW clinicians are not available for 24-hour crisis support; please call 911, non-emergency, or your local crisis hotlines if needed. New: for immediate mental health support, call or text 988.

 

We are sex-positive therapists and support individuals in non-traditional relationships, such as polyamory and platonic partnerships, as well as folks within the LGBTQIA community. We align with the Health At Every Size (HAES) model, which does not asccribe to typical societal beliefs and expectations associated with weight, physical attraction, body size, or BMI.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trauma & Dissociation Assessment

Instead of planning to meet together for ongoing therapy, or if you are on Jen's waitlist, meeting for an assessment only is an option. The assessment includes three appointments, similar to regular therapy, but for the purpose of clarifying your diagnosis. Sometimes a therapist or physician will request this assessment to better understand what you are experiencing and how to support you moving forward. The assessment is specific to trauma and dissociative disorders, such as posttraumatic stress disorder, dissociative identity disorder, or depersonalization/derealization disorder.

Between visits, you will complete online screenings and assessments so we can review them together at each meeting. On the third visit, we will discuss the results and treatment recommendations. Within about 4-6 weeks, Jen will give you a written report that provides details about the diagnosis and clinical recommendations. If you would like to go over the report together or have feedback or questions, you can request a fourth meeting for discussion. If one of your other providers or supporters would like a copy of the report, you may complete a release of information so it can be sent. The flat rate for the T&DA is $525, to be divided evenly between visits. Fees can be flexible and are subject to change with advanced written notice.

Rates

Payment

All payments are made electronically through an online portal. If you are using insurance, payments will be processed by a third-party billing agency called Advekit. Payment info and a fee agreement must be in place before services can begin (including groups!).

 

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be made more than 24 hours prior to the scheduled visit to avoid a late fee. Cancellations and missed visits incur your full regular fee. You can contact us through secure messaging in the client portal, email, text, or call to cancel. Bonus visits cost your same full regular fee. Fees are the same for video and phone visits. If you are using insurance and miss a visit or cancel in under 24 hours, you will be responsible for your therapist's full standard rate.

 

Insurance

Mental health services may be covered by your health insurance or employee benefits plan. Jen is currently in-network with Pacific Source. Some insurance companies will reimburse you for our visits if they are willing to do a single case agreement or cover services as an out-of-network provider. We can check your benefits for all insurance carriers to see if your plan offers out-of-network coverage, which may result in highly discounted rates for you. Dani and Jeanne-Marie are not able to accept insurance at this time. 

 

Rates

Jen's rates: Therapy: Up to $180/hour  *  Supervision and Trauma & Dissociation Assessment: Variable   *  Therapy Groups: Up to $70/hour

Dani's rates: Therapy: Up to $70/hour   *   Therapy Groups: Up to $40/hour

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions! Payment arrangement options may be available. Don't forget to subscribe to the mailing list for updates, discounts, and the latest TPOW info! You will also receive a free resource brochure and gift on your birthday. 

 

Individual Therapy