I graduated from a M.S. mental health counseling program at Eastern Washington University (EWU) in 1995 and was certified in 1997. In addition to running a private practice in Seattle from 1995 through 2005, I also worked in an outpatient community clinic, an inpatient psychiatric hospital, at retreat centers, and a college counseling center before returning to graduate school in pursuit of a PhD in religious studies and cognitive sciences. I worked, studied, and lived in Europe, East Asia, and Africa before teaching 10 years at San Jose State University, with one of the most varied and diverse student populations in the entire world. This makes me very comfortable and confident working with many many different sorts of people as I want everyone and anyone to feel utterly at ease, welcome, and confident in my counseling practice.
My M.S. program at EWU was famous for its rigorous training in micro-skills and advanced therapeutic modalities, so while my general approach to counseling is short-term and solution-focused with special attention to the working alliance, emotional dynamics, articulating values and constructing meaning, I am also trained in gestalt techniques, clinical hypno-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic, art therapy, psychodrama, motivational interviewing, career counseling, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). As an ex-Buddhist monk and meditator since 1987, I have a deep interest in psycho-spiritual practices from a wide variety of traditions, including shamanic practices; and with some background in hospice, grief, and bereavement counseling with families from many faith-traditions, I am comfortable with persons-of-faith and religious communities. So generally, as a transpersonal or humanistic counselor I can often help people articulate an authentic worldview or personal theology within which they can find or construct meaning, discover inner resources, creativity, and imagination that develops their deepest humanity, fullest potential for self-confidence, motivation, perseverance, resilience, healing, and even wisdom.
If you want to work with me, please be aware that I am unlikely to respond to messages over any weekend, that I have a strong preference to conduct counseling F2F over video calls but also use messaging in response to journal entries, for check-ins, to refer clients to educational resources, send homework assignments, and other practical yet limited purposes; and that, in recognition of their profound, universal, and deep influence, I am likely to insist that my clients 1) have a fitness routine, 2) practice mindfulness, and 3) practice digital hygiene especially related to sleep, social media, and communication.
Congratulations to you for having taken the first step in getting help for yourself and thank you for reading my profile. Wherever your path might lead, I am wishing you and yours the best in All Things. -- Jeff D
- Stress, Anxiety
- Intimacy-related issues
- Self esteem
Addictions , Trauma and abuse , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Career difficulties , Depression , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Attachment Issues , Avoidant Personality , BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) , Dissociation , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Eating and Food-Related Issues , Emptiness , Expats , Family of Origin Issues , Fatherhood Issues , First Responder Issues , Forgiveness , Gender Dysphoria , Guilt and Shame , HIV / AIDS , Hospice and End of Life Counseling , Infidelity , Isolation/Loneliness , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Men's Issues , Midlife Crisis , Military and Veterans Issues , Money and Financial Issues , Mood Disorders , Multicultural Concerns , Narcissism , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Personality Disorders , Phobias , Posttraumatic Stress , Prejudice and Discrimination , Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling) , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Love , Sex Addiction , Sexual Dysfunction , Sexuality , Smoking/Vaping Cessation , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Somatization , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
LMHC #LH00005913 (Expires: 2022-10-18)
Thank you Jeffrey!
Jeff has a clear handle on honing in on a client's outstanding issues and is able to provide workable suggestions and tools that a client can use individually to manage triggers as they arise. His amenable approach makes it very easy to share details in a cooperative manner to focus on key issues.
Jeff is a very thoughtful and professional counselor who listens and provides opportunities for self improvement.
Jeff is an excellent counselor with a wonderful sense of humor and the ability to hone in on the truly important issues.
Jeff is a brilliant counceller who helped me through my rough time. He listens with patience, and asks meaningful questions which makes you understand yourself better. Thanks Jeff!
Jeffrey is intuitive, smart, and understands the type of communication and help the client is looking for. I would recommend him to anyone!
Extremely nice and understanding.