My name is Jonathan Stevens and I am a psychologist licensed in Washington State. My license number is: (PY 60914599).
I earned an MS in Counseling in 1982. Several years later I entered the California School of Professional Psychology where I earned a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in 2000.
I have been a therapist for 37 years as a masters level therapist and now as a psychologist. Life presents us with multiple choices and options, often without adequate information to make salient choices, so our life path is often one of twists and turns. I never planned to be a psychologist.
I planned to become an accountant but dropped out in my 3rd year. I was a radar technician in the Marines for another three years. I entered San Diego State University (SDSU) with the plan to become an industrial arts high school teacher, but graduated with a BA in Sociology. After dropping out of a PhD program in Sociology, I returned to SDSU.
The year was 1979, and I was ending yet another failed relationship. Knowing I needed to develop some self awareness and modify my interpersonal skills, I decided to enter therapy. What I knew about therapy was limited and influenced by hearsay and TV, so my expectations were not high. Since I was attending SDSU I went to the University Counseling Center.
Liz was assigned to be my therapist. Though only a few years older, she possessed composure, calmness and a sense of awareness that was accepting, nonjudgmental. Her look was one of composure and she rarely reacted to any comment I made other than laughter at a joke.
My time with Liz was personally beneficial, but also offered a career option I had not previously considered. I decided to become a therapist. Graduate schools, or at least the ones I attended taught theory, the science of therapy, but often lacked training on the more humane aspect, the art of therapy. They are equally important. The training guides observing, problem conceptualization, and treatment. Liz taught me the art. The art is my interaction in the room, how I present myself and interact with the person with whom I am treating. This process builds rapport, trust, the relationship that offers support when therapy becomes painful, and frightening.
In therapy, I remain calm, centered, and respectful. Working with trauma patients for 15 years I have learnt the importance of developing and maintaining trust based on presence, acceptance and understanding. I honor the trust given to me. I honor the courage requisite for therapy to succeed.
I work with late teens and adults experiencing life transition, relationship problems, career choices, and traumatic experiences.
My educational training was in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, and existentialism. Clinical skills developed outside of academia include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and mindfulness/meditation.