EASTSIDE AFFIRMATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY
ABOUT THE PRACTICE
Eastside Affirmative Psychotherapy is an LGBTQ-specific, trauma-focused psychotherapy practice, owned and operated by Ian Jensen (he/him), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #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 people 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.
I am passionate about helping people on the LGBTQ+ continuum achieve a wholeness and personhood not mirrored by a cis/heteronormative society. Areas of work include: trauma and PTSD, coming out, gender identity, HIV/AIDS, sexual compulsivity, alcoholism and addiction recovery, codependency, and intersections of cultural/racial/ethnic identity.
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.
Individual TALK therapy
One-on-one talk 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 attachment, object relations, self psychology, and traditional psychoanalytic theory. I also use gestalt, humanistic, family systems, and cognitive behavioral theories. Therapy is not one-size fits all, so I do my best to work with you from the most effective lens. As an LGBTQ+ Affirmative therapist, my aim is to celebrate your identity, at whichever stage you're 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 repairs relational attachments (bonds with loved ones) by focusing on early childhood trauma and providing clients with the tools they need in order to heal.
EMDR sessions are 50 or 80 minutes in length.
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.