EastSIDE AFFIRMATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY
Eastside Affirmative Psychotherapy is the private practice of 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.
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.
WHAT I OFFER
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 treat you from the most effective lens. As an LGBT affirmative therapist, my goal is to affirm and celebrate your identity, at whichever stage you are in your journey.
All that to say, the most important thing is that you get something from our time together.
Human beings are wired to connect with one another. So when this connection breaks down, it doesn't feel good. Our internal alarm system tells us something is wrong.
Most folks come to couple therapy saying they have "communication problems." Although this is true, it usually stems from deeper unmet needs, and injuries from our past.
I utilize the tenets of Attachment Theory and Emotionally Focused Therapy. The goal of these methods is to create a sense of safety and security, or what is know as a "secure base." When we feel safe, we are able to identify our needs and communicate them more clearly.
Couple therapy sessions are 60 minutes.
I work with couples, throuples, or any other relational configuration.
The type of group which is most meaningful to me is a traditional “process” group. During group, members spend most of the time interacting with one another, with me in the role of the facilitator. After the first few sessions, members stop being polite, and conflict arises. My job is to help you navigate your feelings and find more intimate, effective ways of relating with one another.
I run a GBTQ men's group on Thursday evenings. Issues that come up in discussion are internalized homophobia/racism, toxic masculinity, shame, sex and dating, and body image. This group is closed and not accepting new members at this time. If you are interested in being put on the waitlist, please send me a message below.
Group sessions are 90 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.