Jon St. Peter

(LCSW)

About Me

My practice is mainly grounded in psychodynamic, psychoanalytic and existential traditions, though I frequently incorporate aspects of cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and trauma-oriented therapies when best suited to the client. I believe in the primary importance of the therapeutic alliance, and I am skeptical of modalities and approaches that seek to expedite or economize therapy at the expense of this relationship. Areas in which I have the greatest experience and insight include trauma, depression, anxiety, gender and LGBTQ affirmation issues, and explorations of personal meaningfulness and identity.

I feel that the most appropriate and effective role as a therapist is to provide unconditional positive regard, listening, empathizing, and reflecting. I do my best to refrain from interpreting, judging or advising. I believe effective therapy should be guided and directed by the client--the greatest expert on themselves and their unique internal experience.

I do not generally approach a session with an agenda for the client; rather, it is ideal that the client can guide the session, and when possible, the course of therapy as a whole. Sometimes clients need assistance organizing their goals, and this is provided when required.

I run a small private practice, but it's important that I give the same attention, time and respect to all of my clients, whether we meet on Betterhelp or elsewhere. I can make myself available for weekly scheduled "live" video sessions with all of my clients who want them. Additionally, I try to respond to written messages as soon as possible, but this can be anywhere from a few minutes to 24 hours depending on my schedule. I am not available on weekends or outside of business hours, and I recognize that may be less convenient for clients who need more flexible and frequent contact. If you have questions or concerns about my availability or have interest scheduling a live session and can't find an opening on my calendar, please message me directly to discuss options.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Self esteem , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #LC18130 (Expires: 2021-08-31)


Reviews

Written by S.A. on Sep 14, 2020 after counseling with Jon for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Jon is a great counselor! He and I have been working together for a couple of weeks and I always look forward to our sessions. I feel more clarity and less stress as things continue. It's hard to start counseling but Jon makes it easy to keep up with it. He has excellent recommendations as well for learning outside of counseling so that your work never falls short. Looking forward to our next session!

Written by K.R. on Aug 17, 2020 after counseling with Jon for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Jon has been incredible during this time! He’s been very helpful and understanding with my panics and has helped confirm my experience is very common and not out of the ordinary.