EastSIDE AFFIRMATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY

 

ABOUt

Eastside Affirmative Psychotherapy is an LGBTQ-specific, trauma-focused psychotherapy practice, owned and operated by Ian Jensen, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Lic. No. 117013). 

My goal is to provide a nurturing, non-judgmental space for clients to create a relationship with themselves. Sometimes, we are so used to interacting with other folks in the world, we neglect to relate with the Self. And in doing so, ignore our insight, intuition, and bodily sensations. These tools, after all, are gifts from the psyche, which can be used to navigate challenging situations and relationships. Paradoxically, it is when we are in sync with the Self, that we can ultimately heal ruptured relationships with others, and arrest self-destructive patterns of behavior.

MY APPROACH

I believe therapy is meant to be experimental and experiential. A relationship with a therapist can provide invaluable insight regarding interpersonal dynamics. Sometimes, these insights can be painful, but I'm here to guide you through them. A spirit of collaboration, empathy, directness, and sense of humor sum up the qualities of my style as a therapist. 

 

SERVICES

Individual therapy

One-on-one therapy sessions are 50 minutes.

I like to think of them as us driving in a car together, and I might suggest we turn right, or slow down, pull over, and take a look at something. Since you are in the driver's seat, you can say yes, or no and we keep going down the road you want. 

I draw from psychodynamic orientations including object relations, self psychology, and traditional psychoanalytic theory. I also use gestalt, humanistic, family systems, and cognitive behavioral theories. Therapy is not one-sized fits all, so I do my best to work with you from the most effective lens. As an LGBTQ Affirmative therapist, my goal is to celebrate your identity, at whichever stage you are in on your journey. 

 

All that to say, the most important thing is that you get something from our time together.

ATTACHment-Focused Eye Movement Desensitization and reprocessing
(AF-EMDR)

EMDR is a well-researched and clinically-proven method for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Using bilateral stimulation, EMDR processes and releases disturbing memories, troubling emotions, unpleasant body sensations, and maladaptive thoughts about ourselves and the world.

AF-EMDR aims to repair relational attachments (our bonds with loved ones) by focusing on early childhood trauma, and providing clients with the tools they need in order to heal.

I received my training, and participate in ongoing consultation with The Parnell Institute, an EMDRIA-certified education provider.

EMDR reprocessing sessions are 80 minutes.

LGBTQ Consultation & Training

In addition to my work as a psychotherapist, 

I provide consultation and training in LGBTQ competencies including the basics of sexual orientation and gender identity, HIV/AIDS, addiction, and intimate partner violence. 

Whether you need a sensitivity training, educational seminar, or an update of paperwork and procedures,

I have an eye for detail and extensive experience in manualizing data. 

I have provided training for treatment and counseling centers, and I am an adjunct faculty member in the LGBT Specialization at

Antioch University Los Angeles. 

 

Please contact me for rates and more information.

TRAUMA RESILIENCY MODEL (TRM)

People accumulate trauma in many ways. For some, it is a single incident such as a car accident or assault. For others, it happens over a long period of time beginning in childhood when our caregivers were abusive, or just simply not attuned to our needs. 

As a result, our nervous system responses of fight, flight, freeze, and fawn remain in overdrive, activated by internal and external cues. These responses may show up as anxiety, depression, racing thoughts, or difficulty connecting with others. 

 

TRM is a somatic, skills-based treatment which aims to move clients into their resilient zone (that feeling of being your best self). 

I received my Level 1 & 2 training in TRM at

The Trauma Resource Institute.