Jesse is excited for the chance to be a student clinician at NWAI. He is a firm believer that everyone deserves to live their best life. Getting the opportunity to help clients in finding that happiness and freedom is both a privilege and an honor. He is also a firm believer in Evidence-Based Practice. If things are working, we are going to see positive changes, if not, the model needs to be reassessed. Though friendly, easy to talk to, and compassionate, Jesse also understands that therapy is work and not just a conversation. He takes his job seriously and gives it, and his clients, 100%.
Jesse returned to college after a long hiatus and is a 2020 graduate of the University of Oregon. There he received a Bachelor of Science degree in both Psychology and Anthropology. He has always been fascinated by the difference between our understanding of self and being defined by our cultural identities. He is currently exploring the answer to that conundrum further in the Applied Psychological Science Master’s program at Pacific University. His studies have included various theories, multiple modalities, and even specific practitioners and scholars. Ultimately, he has learned that, though cultures bind us, each of us is a unique and beautiful individual that needs to be addressed as such. He brings that sacred perspective to, not just NWAI, but also to navigating the human experience.
As a graduate student, leisure time is limited but Jesse enjoys games of all kinds, documentaries, camping and hiking, spending time with family and friends, eating delicious food, and waiting hand and foot on his lovely cat, Kiki.
There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance."