Jason comes to Affiliates In Counseling with years of experience using emotionally focused strategies to work with adults and teens who suffer from anxiety, depression and stress. In addition, he has successfully aided those experiencing grief, life changes, job loss and isolation. As a couples and family counselor, Jason has had great success utilizing these same emotional tools to strengthen and enhance more effective and long-term communication skills and help to build more fulfilling relationships. He also has experience working with clients suffering from the mental health effects of traumatic brain injury, adjustment disorders, those living with auditory hallucinations, and trauma brought on by social and institutional stressors.
Prior to joining Affiliates In Counseling, he was a counselor at several north and west suburban practices where he worked with individuals, couples, families and groups. Jason received his Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University at their Los Angeles campus with a specialization in Post-Deployment PTSD. In addition to extensive training and experience working with veterans, Jason has years of experience working with those in the LGBTQ community as a result of his yearlong clinical practicum at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center before returning to Chicago a decade ago.
In addition, as a professional actor and musician of forty years, he has been helping creative artists realize their potential, vision and goals as both a teacher and peer. As a result, he uses music, theatre, film, and popular culture to help patients comfortably express their often unspoken narratives and historical connections.
Some of the issues Jason has helped adult, teens, couples, and families with include:
- Emotional Reaction Regulation
- The effects of isolation and loneliness due to the Pandemic or otherwise
- Anger management
- Relationship issues
- Intimacy and sexuality (both hetero and LGBTQ)
- Transitions, be they via Marriage, Divorce, Loss of Occupation, Displacement, Bereavement, and Loss
- Parenting aid and coping mechanisms
- Issues of personal, cultural, religious/spiritual, gender and sexual identity/orientation
- those living with auditory hallucinations
- Veteran’s issues, including PTSD, familial, occupational and community difficulty due to civilian re-introduction, grief, anger-management, and job insecurity
- Mental health issues stemming from HIV+ and other sexually transmitted diagnoses
- Parents of children on the Autism/Asperger’s Spectrum
Jason is an in-network provider with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois PPO.
Hello! My therapeutic process comes from a combination of Narrative and Gestalt interventions…which is simply a clinical way of saying that, together, we’ll endeavor to create a trusting and collaborative environment where we can explore the story of your life and how it’s been hijacked by past traumatic episodes, isolation, lowered self-esteem, family & societal constraints, institutionalized obstacles, and financial burdens. We’ll look for exceptions to these stories – and then begin to develop the skills necessary to write a new narrative…a more fulfilling way to engage in your daily existence. Concurrently, we’ll explore the ways in which you react to your strongest emotions. We’ll look closely at how those reactions have been set and/or stuck, and create ways to react to them in more constructive and satisfying ways. The goal? To be unburdened by expectation, regret, anger, depression, stress, and that which we sometimes cannot seem to overcome.