Jason Shepherd

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About Me

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).


  • Addictions
  • LGBT
  • Trauma and abuse
Also experienced in:
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 , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LMFT #84320 (Expires: 2022-10-31)


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Jason Shepherd. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written by F.A. 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

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 by A.L. on Sep 21, 2020 after therapy with Jason for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Mr Shepherd is a great therapist. He actually listens and helps guide you to solutions.

Written by Y.A. 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

He is truly amazing and I'm so glad to be working with him.