Jason José Bendezú
Meeting youth and families where they are involves listening empathically, validating the magnitude of those life experiences that bring clients into therapy, and learning more about those strategies and supports that youth and families have used thus far to cope. This non-judgmental, open-minded space is critical for therapeutic collaborative work towards developing a more particolored palate of coping skills for managing distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to difficult life circumstances.
Guided by a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) orientation that utilizes concepts from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI), Jason José’s approach is not solely focused on managing social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. Rather, part of their treatment philosophy involves creating a fruitful space for discovering values (i.e., self-guiding principles that give direction in life), exploring identity (i.e., sense of self), and developing autonomy in utilizing a diverse set of skills for living life in value- and identity- consistent ways.
Jason José received their Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University and completed their pre-doctoral internship at the Medical University of South Carolina where they further developed skills in providing trauma-informed care to adolescents, young adults, and family members. Jason José completed their post-doctoral training in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota under the supervision of Drs. Bonnie Klimes-Dougan and Kristina Reigstadt. Jason José welcomes the opportunity to learn more about who their clients are, what they care about, what they are struggling with, and how they would live their lives to the fullest if and when their struggles subside.