Rachel Jones, MA
Get to know me:
I am an Associate MFT working in private practice, specializing in treating individual adults, couples/multi-partners, adolescents, and children ages 5 and up. I also provide individual therapy in conjunction with phone coaching and skills groups as a part of the Comprehensive DBT treatment team at Suzanne Wallach Psychotherapy.
What does affirmative psychotherapy mean to me?
Affirmative psychotherapy is significantly different than being an LGBT-friendly therapist. Rather than being “accepting” or assuming, the affirmative psychotherapist honors, respects, affirms, and celebrates each unique identity while providing a safe space for disclosing and exploring at the client’s own pace. Affirmative psychotherapy honors the broad spectrum of gender identities, sexual orientations, sexual expression, and relationship styles. This approach values all of the client’s intersecting identities and sees the client as the expert of their own identity. Furthermore, it challenges non-affirmative narratives and internalized oppression, maintaining continual awareness of harmful sociocultural messages promoting discrimination. Most of all, an affirmative psychotherapist aims to make each person feel wholly seen and heard, perhaps for the first time.
What populations do I work with? What is my level of expertise (friendly, knowledgeable, expert) for each of those populations?
I specialize in working with LGBTQ adults and adolescents through identity exploration and development, trauma, transitions, addiction, depression, and anxiety. My highest level of expertise is in working with individuals identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, bi+, pansexual, queer, genderqueer, non-binary, trans men, polyamorous, and/or aromantic. Additionally, I provide counseling for LGBTQQIAPK+ couples or multi-partner relationships. I also have experience in working with individuals in the kink and BDSM communities, sex workers, and individuals living with HIV or in serodiscordant relationships. I have the least experience in but am increasing my knowledge of working with intersex individuals, trans women, and asexual people.
What is my approach to healing?
My approach to healing explores the past to inform the present while fostering self-efficacy. I use an integrative approach to fit the unique needs of each clients in order to foster tolerance in times of crisis and growth in times of stability. I view therapy as a collaborative process, where I meet my clients with authenticity and empathy while aiming to provide the highest quality of care. My ultimate goal is to remind you of your own resourcefulness.
What issues am I most skilled at addressing as a mental health professional?
LGBTQQIAPK+ identity exploration, addiction, eating disorders, complex trauma, sociocultural oppression, anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, codependency, and relationship issues.
EDUCATION & LICENSES
Education: M.A. in Clinical Psychology; B.A. in Psychology
School: Antioch University Los Angeles; Pepperdine University
License # and State: #110940 California
Additional Credentials: California Board of Behavioral Sciences Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist; member of LA-CAMFT, AAMFT, GPALA, and the Association for Play Therapy.
Training Experience: LGBT-Affirmative Psychotherapy emphasis; Linehan Institute DBT Training through Behavioral Tech; LAISPS student society; residential and outpatient treatment for co-occurring disorders
Gender Neutral Restrooms: yes / single-stall
Fee Range: $150 – $250; sliding scale
Accepted Payment Methods: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Health Savings Account, Cash, Venmo
Accepted Insurance Plans: Out of network