All of my life I’ve believed that understanding and connection is the most powerful aspect of human interaction. I am a conversationalist and believe that effective therapy requires collaboration between all persons involved. I will do my best to make sure that clients do not feel like they're talking to a wall. Intersectionality is important to me and drives my desire to understand people and learn about how their environments, identities, and beliefs impact their actions. I want to be a helper in any capacity that individuals need whether through support, processing, education, or otherwise. I think humor is essential in therapy and believe that laughter can be so healing. My approach is trauma-informed, feminist, and anti-racist, and I tie those perspectives in with therapeutic techniques such as mindfulness practice, transtheoretical work, motivational interviewing, and queer theory. I explore the ways that trauma shows up in my clients’ lives and help to build an understanding of these experiences with my clients. This understanding also helps people explore the importance of building communities that reflect their core identities. I work with my clients to help them navigate their lives and come to a fuller understanding of themselves as well as to motivate them to advocate for what they need.
I have experience working with a variety of presenting problems and areas of focus such as:
I have space to work with individuals from all walks of life but have a specific interest in working with People of Color and the LGBTQIA+ population. With experience being a case manager, therapist, and advocate, I bring a wide variety of techniques and resources to the work. I understand how important it is to be gentle, warm, and caring in session and meet my clients where they are. I am aware that I do not have all the answers and am always learning from my clients. I continue to seek out new resources to meet each individual’s unique needs.
Elijah Jackson, LCSW