Jesse has witnessed many times the power of psychotherapy to improve people’s lived experiences and believes in the transformative potential therapy offers. Jesse approaches clinical practice with the belief that personal development and larger social change go hand in hand and that bringing about social justice necessitates that we transform as individuals, communities, and societies. Jesse grounds psychotherapy in recognizing the global factors (oppressions and privileges) shaping individuals while incorporating an understanding of personal responses to lived experience.
Jesse blends psychotherapeutic approaches and draws frequently on mindfulness, harm reduction, anti-oppression/social justice, and attachment theory. Techniques include interactive present moment awareness, the use of cognitive behavioral exercises, and motivational interviewing. Jesse works in partnership with clients with a warm, engaged, and client-centered style.
Jesse received his MSW from San Francisco State University and went on to focus on administrative, financial, and organizational development with organizations working towards social change. In 2011 Jesse began expanding his work to include a dual focus on personal, psychotherapeutic change in addition to structural change. He has worked extensively with transgender/gender non-binary folks and long time survivors of HIV, most recently at Queer Life Space, where he has spent the past 3 and a half years deepening his clinical practice by providing individual psychotherapy and facilitating a year-long gender spectrum group. Prior to Queer Life Space, he completed a two year post-masters internship at Alliance Health Project (formerly AIDS Health Project), where he provided time-limited individual dynamic psychotherapy (TLDP) for HIV+ and LGBTQI populations and co-facilitated multiple groups including a transgender support group, a men’s process group, and an aging group.
Jesse’s professional interests include: gender issues, twinship relationships and sibling issues, aging & illness/HIV, substance use, non-traditional/chosen family relationships, body image, anxiety, self-defeating behaviors
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