Jason Wu, PhD
My therapy style has been described as compassionate, accepting, non-judgmental, and genuine. As a person who also suffers and struggles just like everyone else, I work from a collaborative perspective - no one knows "you" better than you, and my job is to help empower you to create the life that you want for yourself.
I have worked in hospitals, universities, prisons, and community mental health clinics so I have experience in working with individuals with a wide range of concerns, but my specialty areas include men and masculinity issues (relationships, gender identity, work-life balance, etc.), substance use and dual diagnosis (drug and mental health) concerns, cultural issues (identity, intergenerational family conflict, cultural values, etc.), mindfulness interventions, and spirituality.
My Approaches to Therapy
I have been trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. I believe that our relationships with our emotions and thoughts can interfere with our ability to choose behaviors and act according to our personal values, and I aim to help individuals learn how to sit with their internal experiences without reacting so that they better make choices in their lives.
I am also a relational-focused therapist, meaning I believe the relationship between myself and a client is the number one priority. I try not to be a "blank slate" type of therapist as I aim to be there with my clients in an authentic and honest way - it is hard for anyone to be honest and vulnerable in therapy, so it is only fair that I bring my real and vulnerable self to the therapy room as well.
My Qualifications as a Psychologist
I received a BA in Psychology at the University of California, San Diego, and completed my Ph.D. in Psychology at Washington State University. I have worked in a number of various settings, including the Chemical Dependency program at Kaiser Permanente, the mental health ward at Walla Walla State Penitentiary, university counseling centers at a number of schools, and a community mental health setting.
I have provided brief- and long-term psychotherapy as well as various process, skills, and support groups for adults, teens, and seniors. I have also done a number of workshops and public speaking events, specifically on topics such as masculinity changes in society, harm reduction for substance use, the effects of psychedelics and other drugs on mental health, sexual consent and communication in romantic relationships, spirituality across cultures, and managing stress through mindfulness.
Outside of my clinical work, I enjoy rock climbing (indoors and outdoors), hiking, bicycling, playing and listening to music, sketching (badly), and taking my spastic greyhound out to the dog park.
Jason Wu, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist, PSY 29671
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