junelle barrett porter, mft
Helping everyday people find a new way
Santa Rosa Therapy

Let me introduce myself...

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist for Santa Rosa and Sonoma County

Have you ever wondered about the twists and turns in your life that led you to where you are today? When I was studying theatre and education in college, I never dreamed my path would lead me toward a career as a Licensed Therapist. Yet as I look back in hindsight, it isn't that much of a surprise. As a young adult I became aware of the traumatic impact of my early childhood losses, and my consequent need for resolution and healing. It didn't take long for my personal inquiry to turn into a larger curiosity about how people heal and find answers to their challenges and suffering.

The first turns in the road

I taught elementary school after college and later taught at the University of Denver in their Education Department, and CEU classes for elementary school teachers. I believe that we teach what we want to learn, and I found myself submitting proposals to teach classes that had more of a psychological bent such as Communication Skills, Conflict Resolution, Self Esteem, and Creativity. Finally, the obvious became clear and I changed direction away from Education and toward Psychology.

And then the BIG turn

Sometimes when I make a change, I make it big! Not only did I leave my career, but I moved to California to attend the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. I wanted to study Transpersonal Psychology, because it addresses the spiritual aspects of our nature and humanity alongside the curriculum of mainstream psychology. I was like a kid in a candy store! I graduated from the Institute in 1984 and received my License to be a Marriage Family and Therapist in 1988.

On the open road

It's hard to believe that I've been a therapist for over 35 years now (including my pre-license years of internship)! For me, one of the best things about my profession is that the learning never stops. Some of my best teachers have been the individuals I have the privilege of working with.

As for my life away from work, I am nourished by my family and friendships, spiritual pursuits, any opportunity to sing and dance, nature and good rigorous exercise!

A little more about my work

I've been working with individuals, couples and groups as a licensed therapist for over 35 years. My approach is empathic, active and direct.

Santa Rosa TherapistOver the years my work has been largely informed by Attachment Theory, Somatic Work, Mindfulness, Diana Fosha (AEDP), Sue Johnson (EFT) Psychodrama, and most recently, Relational Life Therapy founded by Terrance Real. With my background in theatre, I enjoy weaving psychodrama techniques into the mix whenever it seems useful.

Therapy, Psychotherapy & Counseling - Licensed and Caring

Junelle ...

  • Creates safety
  • Is a licensed therapist
  • Has over 30 years of experience
  • Works collaboratively with you
  • Protects your confidentiality
  • Offers a free 20 minute phone consultation

How do I get started?

Take some time to contemplate your situation. If you feel that you would like to meet me and see if therapy might be helpful for you, I will be happy to provide you a 20 minute phone consultation so that I can get a sense of your needs, answer your questions and provide you with some information about how I work.

If you'd like to speak with me or make an appointment, please call at 707-792-2654.

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Customers Testimonials


These testimonials came to me by way of unsolicited letters and cards from previous clients.


"I wanted to thank you again for creating a space for me to be and know myself. I really appreciate the way you were with me and for me. My business is going well. I'm dating now, but no one special yet. I'm letting myself take my time before leaping into anything. Sound familiar?"


"Thank you for your help through a rough time in my life. I think of you and our sessions fondly. You really helped me learn how to think clearly and sanely about things."


"I just wanted you to know how much I got out of working with you. My life is pretty darn fine!"


"I continue in my self trust and clarity. Thank you so much for your help in getting me here."


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