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Jay Reid Psychotherapy

San Francisco

‘19 Certificate of Excellence

I customize therapy to fit each client’s specific needs and goals for therapy. Once we know where you are trying to go, I may use a variety of tactics to support you in this process. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy may be helpful with difficult symptoms of depression or anxiety. If you notice a pattern of holding yourself back when on the cusp of achieving major successes, we can explore in-depth what might feel dangerous about succeeding. I tailor my approach to serve each client’s goal for themselves in that moment. Psychological suffering – and well-being for that matter – is born from beliefs about who we are, what we deserve, and who we’re responsible for. For example, a belief that one does not deserve success can lead to self-defeating ways of living. But beliefs are not facts. Beliefs can be understood, questioned, and exchanged for more empowering beliefs over time. I help clients engage in this process of change. In the course of therapy they often feel more entitled to acknowledge their strengths, get what they need in relationships, and believe in themselves. Symptoms of anxiety, substance abuse, and depression typically go away too. I electronically collect feedback data from my clients to make sure that therapy is working and that they feel like they are getting what they came to me to get. When appropriate I will check in with clients to course-correct so that we are meeting their needs. This approach puts my client’s experience at the center of the therapeutic work and helps ensure we are making the progress they deserve. Successful therapy looks different for each client but always involves the reduction of symptoms – whether anxiety, depression, substance abuse or post-traumatic states. A client’s goal for therapy is often intertwined with symptoms. For instance, some highly anxious individuals find it dangerous to disagree with loved ones because they have learned it threatens the other person’s goodwill towards them. Successful therapy for this person might mean gradually feeling safe and understood in the therapy to be able to state his/her point of view without worry that it will push needed others away. When a client reaches this point, their symptoms of anxiety are radically diminished.

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What do you love most about your job?

I should confess to being a psychotherapy ‘geek’. I love this profession. Sometimes people will ask me if I get tired of listening to people’s problems all day and I am always surprised by this question. I consider it a great privilege to learn the stories of people who come to my office and to be able to helpfully connect with what they are going through. I am usually reading several psychology books or academic journal articles at any given time and have a laundry list of therapy-related projects or activities that I am pursuing. I feel so lucky to be able to spend my time talking with colleagues, conducting research, and thinking deeply about the best way to help others relieve their psychological pain.

What inspired you to start your own business?

Psychotherapy has always seemed like important and fascinating work to me. Even as an adolescent, I thought it was pretty cool that therapists helped people by understanding and connecting to them. I followed this passion through undergraduate studies and straight into graduate school for clinical psychology. In the years since, I have added to this academic training with life experience that informs my work as a therapist in equal measure.

Why should our clients choose you?

I provide a safe and understanding therapeutic setting where you get to fully be yourself - whatever that looks like for you. I am trained in a type of depth-oriented psychotherapy that tries to understand your conscious and unconscious goals for therapy and do whatever it takes to help you reach them. The result is that my clients usually feel like they are now free to do and be the things they've always wanted to do or be. In addition, therapy feels like being added-to rather than having someone play "gotcha". Lastly, I make use of my training in data science to use electronic measurement of your progress to make sure we are on the right track and making the progress you deserve.

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