I am thrilled that you are considering investing in your relationship and sexual health! Maybe you’re experiencing a happy, stable period in your life and are hoping to enrich yourself and your relationships. Or perhaps you’re experiencing something painful and scary and are desperate for help, hope, and relief. Regardless of what brings you here today, psychotherapy is an investment worth making, and I would be honored to join you on the journey.
Julianna Guenther, BS, MA Candidate
Lewis & Clark Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapist Intern
Clinical Supervisor: Maegan Megginson, MA, LMFT, LPC, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist
Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a Minor in Gender, Sexualities, and Queer Studies - Portland State University
Master of Arts Candidate in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy - Lewis and Clark College
My mission is to help you connect more deeply to yourself and others. I believe connection and relationships are vital to our overall well-being; however, I also know that our deepest woundings create barriers to the connection we crave. I believe you are an expert on your own experience, and consider myself a guide who will walk alongside you on your journey to healing and self-acceptance. Together we will explore strategies to create relief and healing that enable you to maintain healthy and loving connections in your life.
My goal is to cultivate an empathic, validating, collaborative, and empowering experience for you. Together we will overcome any shame and isolation you are feeling due to your relationship and sexual difficulties and will discover your inner strength and resiliency as we work together to achieve your goals. I am passionate about holding space for all identities, orientations, and relational configurations. I am happy for the chance to support you in achieving the authentic connection you desire.
My drive to become a therapist is deeply informed by my personal experiences. Growing up in a conservative town, I often felt my voice was silenced and my experiences were overlooked. This was clarified when I experienced a tumultuous relationship that left me feeling alone and unsure of who I was. This experience deeply impacted the way I related with others, myself, and the world around me.
As an undergraduate student I learned about systems of power and oppression which ignited my passion for social justice. I realized that larger societal messages can impact our self-esteem, sexuality, and relationships. I noticed I was negatively impacted by expectations that were not my own but placed upon me by society! This awareness enabled me to practice self-compassion and begin my own journey of growth and acceptance. These experiences, partnered with my passion for social justice, drew me to a profession where I can walk alongside others on their healing journeys.
My therapeutic approach is informed by Emotionally Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy. I view therapy as a space to explore and discover new ways of being and relating to ourselves and others. I believe in the power of understanding how our deeper emotional processes impact the way we interact with ourselves and those closest to us. I challenge myself to stay culturally aware and curious, and professionally believe in the importance of engaging in trauma informed practices. I have had the pleasure of attending Lewis and Clark College, where I am working towards a Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy with a specialization in Sex Therapy.
When I am not in the therapy room you can find me racing my bike, spending time with loved ones, enjoying Portland’s beautiful parks with my two pups, Ollie and Levi or cuddling on the couch with my two kitties, Fran and Dewey.
Friday: 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
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