Working at Aspire
Aspire Psychology’s psychiatric providers and therapists are trained in — and inspired by — evidence-based practices that incorporate cognitive, behavioral, relational, humanistic and somatic techniques, amongst others. Our team of clinicians work closely with patients to identify what is and what is not working in their lives, to foster the hope and confidence they need to define their authentic selves and goals, and to develop effective strategies for cultivating healthier and happier lives.
I founded Aspire Psychology to provide effective and compassionate healing to the Portland community. I chose to be a clinical psychologist because I really enjoy developing meaningful relationships. I realized I could channel this passion into my work as a psychologist, and into the work of building a group practice. My investment in meaningful connections alongside my curiosity about understanding people and finding ways to support them made being a psychologist a perfect fit.
That is what Aspire strives to provide — the perfect fit for both our patients and our providers. With a background serving the community in individual private practice, I set out to build a group practice to meet the needs of more people in the community who were seeking help and support. I was raised in the Portland area and completed all of my training locally, which has provided the foundation for a large network of patient referrals, community connections and a strong reputation for Aspire — a reputation built on the highest quality of coordinated care.
Values and Culture
In my journey to cultivate a positive company culture, it has been important to make Aspire a place where employees and patients feel comfortable being fully who they are. Our employees and patients do feel this way because my team and I have chosen to support and prioritize diversity, inclusion, equity and individuality. These values are always at the forefront of my mind when considering which candidates to ask to join the Aspire team.
We value having a workplace that allows employees to feel at ease, happy and proud of where they work. As the creator of the practice, I’ve designed a space that is comfortable and modern with exceptional views from every office and a community space for team members where they can relax and interact with each other.
When it comes to balancing work and life, I understand the importance of flexibility. With that in mind, I support each employee’s needs to make working at Aspire the best possible experience. I offer a lot of scheduling flexibility, whether working remotely and/or at the office as well as when coordinating time off. I believe support systems are fundamental to having a great workplace, and I have developed an exceptional team that fully supports the clinical staff. Aspire’s support staff, along with easy-to-use electronic systems, make working at Aspire efficient and simple, allowing clinicians to focus on the work they love.
It can’t be stressed enough how greatly I value meaningful relationships at work and having a cohesive team. I make a point to invest significantly in growing and maintaining connections with each team member individually as well as with the group. I’m committed to making time to interact one-on-one, during case consultations and through arranging frequent team socials outside of work.
Aspire Psychology provides a more personal experience for employees, as a smaller company with a cohesive and collaborative team. Aspire team members thrive in an environment that is beautiful and relaxing, and they know how to have fun and connect outside of work too! I can’t wait to add to our strong, unified team, and we at Aspire hope you’ll become a part of it.
— Jami Howell, Psy.D., Founder
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