Rachel Jones, MA
Get to know me:
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working in private practice, specializing in treating individuals looking for support with LGBTQ+ related issues, anxiety disorders, addiction, and personality disorders.
What does affirmative psychotherapy mean to me?
Being an affirmative psychotherapist is significantly different than being an LGBT-friendly therapist, and first and foremost requires extensive training on the present and historical intricacies of LGBTQ+ identities, development, lived experiences, and unique clinical issues. Rather than being “accepting” or assuming, an affirmative psychotherapist honors, respects, affirms, and celebrates each individual and their unique intersecting identities while providing a safe space for disclosing and exploring at the patient’s own pace. Affirmative psychotherapy honors the broad spectrum of gender identities, sexual orientations, expression, and relationship styles. Furthermore, it challenges non-affirmative narratives and internalized oppression, maintaining continual awareness of harmful sociocultural messages promoting discrimination throughout history and today. 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?
- Sexual identities including (but not limited to) gay, lesbian, queer, pansexual, bisexual, fluid, and asexual
- Transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary populations
- Individuals struggling with addiction(s) and/or chronic relapse
- Individuals with borderline personality disorder (or traits) and their loved ones
- Anxiety disorders and related thought patterns or behaviors related to effects of oppression
- Individuals living with HIV and serodiscordant partners
- Polyamory, non-monogamy, and other expansive relationship styles
- Intersex individuals
- Kink/BDSM communities and relationships
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 patient in order to foster tolerance in times of crisis and growth in times of stability. I view therapy as a collaborative process, using the therapist-patient relationship and radical genuineness as both a corrective experience and a tool to cultivate healing.
What issues am I most skilled at addressing as a mental health professional?
LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy and related clinical issues, addiction, borderline personality disorder, and anxiety disorders/OCD.
EDUCATION & LICENSES
Education: M.A. in Clinical Psychology
School: Antioch University Los Angeles
License # and State: #119496 California
Accessibility: Elevators and ramps
Gender Neutral Restrooms: yes / single-stall
Fee Range: $200 – $250; sliding scale
Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Credit, Debit
Accepted Insurance Plans: Out-of-network