Hello, my name is Jason Shepherd and I'm a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is passionate about providing services online to people in need. I earned my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California, in 2009, and I have been a qualified clinical supervisor since 2016. My areas of focus are substance use, systemic and acute trauma, and self-esteem/identity challenges. I primarily utilize Narrative Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, to help my clients review their own life stories and identify what elements they feel are most in need of change, then develop realistic, personally relevant plans to accomplish their goals.
From February 2018 to September 2019, I served as the Clinic Manager for Dore Urgent Care Clinic in San Francisco, California, where I provided counseling services to homeless or marginally-housed adults, many with chronic substance abuse and mental health problems, who were in need of stabilization for acute symptoms such as suicidal or homicidal thoughts, psychotic episodes, depressive/manic episodes, severe trauma, and personality disorders.
Previous to this I worked for Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center in Hayward, CA, as part of the School-Based Behavioral Health program. From 2013 through 2015 I served as a school-based therapist, providing individual and family therapy to youths aged 11-14. I helped my clients and their families respond to stressors such as depression, anxiety, trauma (including systemic trauma such as discrimination and poverty), conflicts, academic struggles, substance use, and prodromal psychosis. In January 2015 I became the Quality Assurance Specialist for the program, providing documentation oversight and guidance to clinical staff, and in January 2017 I was promoted to Clinical Supervisor.
Prior to my work at Tiburcio Vasquez, I worked as a trainee at Pacific Center for Human Growth, an LGBTQ+ community center serving adults, children and families; as a Residential Counselor at Baker Places, Inc, serving dually-diagnosed adults with chronic substance use and mental health problems; and as a Forensic Clinician at HOPE Program and Sharper Future, Inc, working with adults mandated to treatment by the courts due to convictions for sex- or drug-related crimes. In each of these roles I worked with a diverse population of individuals across the spectrum of race, age, gender identity, sexuality, and income, and have developed an approach that is compassionate, culturally sensitive, and trauma-informed. I am both passionate about, and highly experienced in, working with those who have the greatest need and who experience difficulty accessing services via more “conventional” avenues (such as private pay services).
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Antisocial Personality, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Hoarding, Immigration Issues, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
CA LMFT 84320
Jason has been an incredible help to me for over 2 years. He's always been a wonderful listening ear, comes with lots of insight, remembers things I've brought up in previous sessions, and is always ready to help me problem-solve. I'm very grateful for him.
Written on Nov 03, 2022 after therapy with Jason for 2 years and 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Jason, has helped me tremendously with past trauma, anxiety and depression. He has helped me learn different ways to look at my past. He has showed me ways to deal with an anxiety attack. Jason listens when I’m down on my self and helps me through it. Never judging in any way. I recommend friends to join better help because of therapists like Jason.
Written on Apr 24, 2022 after therapy with Jason for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd
Mr Shepherd is a great therapist. He actually listens and helps guide you to solutions.
Written on Sep 21, 2020 after therapy with Jason for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes
He is truly amazing and I'm so glad to be working with him.
Written on Jun 18, 2020 after therapy with Jason for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem