Hello and welcome!
I am often asked about the kinds of people I work with and my areas of specialization. The simple truth is that I work with everyday people who are hurting and worrying. They might be struggling with a major change occurring in their life or with distress that has been building momentum for years.
If you can relate to this you might be someone who is trying to recover from a painful relationship breakup or loss. The downturn in the economy and employment may be undermining your self worth and ability to think and act proactively. You may feel stuck, alone or disappointed in your marriage. You might be a new mom who is struggling with the your new role in life. These are just some of the problems facing the people I see. And yes, these problems happen for everyday people like you and me. But unfortunately, such problems often make us feel too alone and flawed to be everyday folk.
My specialization ...
... is YOU! Yes there are specific diagnoses and conditions I work with and you can click here to find out more about them. The bottom line is that I am more interested in you than in your problem, condition or diagnosis. You are so much more than your diagnosis. What's most important to me is helping you feel alive and vital. When your sense of aliveness is in place, problems can come and go through a swinging door and your inner resources will direct your actions and keep you on course.
Why Junelle Barrett Porter?
I am passionate about working with you to cultivate positive changes within yourself so you can be all of who you want to be. I bring over 23 years of experience as a therapist, a background in theatre, a deep interest in spiritual development, a love of humor, a curious nature, a compassionate heart and a deep regard for honesty - even if I find it challenging or disturbing. While I enjoy learning new approaches and current thinking in my field, I don't much follow the theoretical maps that once informed my work; instead as I carefully listen to you, I allow myself to be guided by my instincts, intellect, body and heart - not necessarily in that order!
Take some time to contemplate your situation and read the parts of this website that are relevant to you. If you feel that you would like to meet me and see if therapy might be helpful for you, I offer a free 25 minute consultation. That will give you a chance to meet me, ask questions and we can each get a sense of what it would be like to work together.
If you'd like to speak with me or make an appointment, please call at 707-792-2654.
These testimonials came to me by way of unsolicited letters and cards from previous clients.
"... I have continued to spend time each week growing and learning. I understand myself so much better now. Thanks to all the effort we both placed on me! And thanks for your patience and persistence with me at the beginning - I was pretty doubtful that therapy would lead to much. I can honestly say that I am more of a father now. I take pride in that. I don't hate anymore. I still hurt sometimes but I like who I am."
I'm very private and it is important to me that issues I talk about are confidential. Is my confidentiality completely protected?
Yes. By law I am bound to protect your confidentiality. The exceptions to this are related to child or elder abuse or a threat to harm another person. If you want to use a third party payer to pay for therapy it will be necessary to provide the information required by your insurance company which will likely include a diagnosis. If this is the case I will discuss with you what is disclosed to an insurer.