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Counseling Psychology

Jessica Thomas

MCFT Faculty

Jessica Thomas, PhD, LMFT holds an MS in Marriage and Family Therapy and a PhD in Psychology with an emphasis in Transpersonal Psychology. She is a therapist, an AAMFT trained clinical supervisor and organizational consultant that specializes in death, dying and grief at her private practice: Reflective Therapy & Consulting LLC.

Jessica has been a hospice volunteer for many years and a volunteer for PDX Death Cafe’s- a movement working to open up the discussion of death in the greater community. She currently serves as President on the board of the NW Association for Death Education and Bereavement Support. 

As faculty at Lewis and Clark College, Jessica teaches on death, loss and psycho-spiritual crises, research methods and works as the MCFT clinical coordinator. Her research, Mindful Photography and its Implications in End-of-life Caregiving: An Art-based Phenomenology focused on creative expression and the experience of anticipatory loss.

Areas of Expertise

Death, dying, and grief; psycho-spiritual growth; MCFT clinical education and supervision 


Mindful Photography. New Techniques of Grief Therapy: Bereavement and Beyond.  New York:  Routledge. (Forthcoming new edition 2019)

Mindful Photography and its Implications in End-of-life Caregiving: An Art-based Phenomenology (2016)                                                                              


Integrating Spirituality in Psychotherapy, Lewis & Clark, Portland OR (2020)

The Transformative Power of Grief, Oregon Memorial Association, Portland OR (2019)

Mindful Photography and End-of-life Caregiving, University of Bath, Bath England (2019)

Exploring Anticipatory Loss Through Mindful Photography, NW ADEBS, Portland OR (2019)

Navigating Power Dynamics In Clinical Supervision, Lewis & Clark College, Portland OR (2019)

Mindful Photography & End-of-life: An Art-based Phenomenology, OHPCA Conference, Bend OR (2018)

Mindful Photography Grief Group, The Dougy Center, Portland OR (2018)

Integrating Spirituality in Therapy, Lewis & Clark College (2018)

Mindful Photography and End-of-life, Lake Oswego Community Center (2017)

Mindful Photography and End-of-Life Caregiving, ADEC Conference, Portland Or (2017)

Grief, loss and Addiction, Cedar Hills Hospital, Portland OR (2017)

Treatment Issues in Death, Loss & Grief: A Systems Perspective, Lewis & Clark College (2017)

The Experience of Loss Associated with Cancer, NW Primary Care, Portland OR (2016)

Death Café, Lewis & Clark College, Portland OR (2016)

The Experience of Grief and Loss, NW Primary Care, Portland OR (2016) 

Mindful Photography and End-of-life Care, Friends University, Wichita KS (2016)

Death: Ok, Lets talk about it, Reed College, Portland OR (2015)

Psychology and Other Conference, Lesley College, Cambridge MA (2015)

Academic Credentials

PhD Psychology— emphasis in Transpersonal Psychology  

MS Marriage and Couple Family Therapy