Trauma & Complex Trauma, Foster Care, Behavioral Issues, Self-Harm & Suicidality, Serious Mental Health Issues; Thought Processing Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Bi-Polar Disorder; Intergenerational Harm/Trauma & Racialized Violence, Anxiety & Depression, Working with Children
There are times in our lives when we experience emotional hardships and trauma – these experiences can cause our relationship with ourselves and others to feel strained. They can also affect our sense of stability, security, and our overall wellness. I believe these moments present opportunities for healing and growth and that we can find new and creative ways to move forward in our lives.
I base my practice philosophy on the core ideals of competence, self-determination, social justice, empowerment, and relationship building. I fundamentally believe that people can grow and overcome their challenges despite their complex histories and experiences. As such, I work with a diverse array of clients including adults, youth, and adolescents, and with people of many different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
We cannot change the things that have happened in our pasts, but we can work to better understand and resolve our current challenges. As a therapist, my goal is not to tell you what to do and how to do it; rather it is to enter into a collaborative relationship specific to your experiences, gifts, and strengths.
Jai has worked extensively with adolescents and adults with acute and chronic depression, behavioral challenges at home and at school, anxiety, psychosis, emotional disorders, thought-processing disorders, ADHD, suicidal ideations, and complex trauma history. He utilizes evidence-based approaches and a holistic model of therapy that honors respect, autonomy, humor, culture, and compassion. He chooses relevant methodologies and interventions that are tailored to each client to assist them in achieving their goals. He has advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Cultural Relational Therapy to name a few.
Jai has a Bachelor of Arts (Honors), a Master of Arts in Human and Social Development, a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan, and is in the process of completing his Ph.D. His research is in the areas of modern and contemporary treatment approaches to complex trauma and critical social work theory. He has over 10 years of experience helping people through the social service industry in both private practice and public serving organizations.