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Jacob Wankel

Doctoral Practicum Student

Pronouns: He/Him

Style: Relational, Collaborative, and Flexible

Works with:

  • Individuals
  • Child/Family
  • Teens

Who I am as a Therapist

 

As a therapist, I strive to establish a space where those that I work with feel safe, heard, and comfortable to share whatever is on their minds. I recognize that there are many lived experiences I have not had, and I work hard to listen and learn both inside and outside of the therapy space. I have many privileged identities, and I will continue to work to use this privilege to advocate for those with marginalized identities who navigate the oppressive systems in place on a daily basis.  

 

During sessions, I prefer to to be flexible and collaborative. I find this approach allows me to meet my clients wherever they are at in their journey and proceed on that path with them towards acceptance and growth. During this process, I like to find appropriate moments to smile and laugh, and similarly make space for tears and anger as these moments can be equally impactful. Every client is different, and I work to cater sessions to the client’s individual needs. I also highly value the client’s input about what they feel is working during sessions, and what alterations we can make along the way to continue to work towards growth and understanding.

 

“Healing is not becoming the best version of yourself, healing is letting the worst version of yourself be loved.”
Kobe Campbell

Specialty Areas

Mental Health Challenges 

  • Addiction & Substance Use
  • ADHD
  • Adoption & Foster
  • Anger
  • Anxiety (General, Panic, Phobias)
  • Attachment & Relational Challenges
  • Behavioral Challenges in Children
  • Cultural & Systemic Oppression
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce
  • Gender Transitions
  • Grief & Loss
  • Identity Development
  • Immigration & Acculturation
  • Learning Disorders
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Life Transitions
  • Managing Stress
  • Men’s Issues
  • Mood Dysregulation
  • Neurodiversity
  • Parenting
  • School Issues
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Health
  • Trauma Recovery (PTSD & Abuse)

Therapeutic Approaches 

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Attachment Based Therapy
  • Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Play Therapy
  • Socio-Emotional Relationship Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Transgender Affirming Care

Who I am when I’m not a Therapist

When I am not being a therapist or a doctoral student, I can be found running around Portland and its suburbs as I try to find fun and beautiful new running routes. I also enjoy hiking on the weekends and exploring new restaurants and breweries with my friends. As a proud Minnesotan, I pride myself on rooting for my Minnesota sports teams which generally ends in disappointment (but next year is our year!).

Education 

  • Pursuing PsyD in Clinical Psychology, Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR
  • BA in Psychology from Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN
  • MA in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University, Hillsboro, OR

Training & Experience  

  • Worked with neurodiverse youth for 3 years
  • Worked in residential inpatient unit with teens for 3 years
  • Private academic tutor for 3 years

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