Jason Adams is primarily a children’s therapist, but he also works with adult clients from various cultures and backgrounds. Jason is a Texan who relocated to Chicagoland to pursue his Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Though he considers himself a Texan first and foremost, Jason absolutely loves living in Chicagoland, and he enjoys spending time with his wife, his two children, and the many friends they have made since relocating to the nation’s second largest and most impressive city.
Jason is a veteran of both the United States Marine Corps and the United States Coast Guard. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University. Texas A&M is a world renown Tier One Research facility producing some of the most relevant and statistically significant research in the world. Jason received his Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Wheaton College Graduate School. Though Jason is a Christian and Wheaton College is a private Christian University, he is intentional and careful not to approach therapy from a Biblical perspective. Instead, he believes that therapy should be based upon the scientific method using empirical data gathered from valid and reliable scientific studies.
Even though Jason is primarily a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist, he believes in meeting his clients wherever they are in their therapeutic journey and expresses a genuine interest in learning how his clients feel. One of Jason’s greatest strengths is his ability to communicate to his clients in language they can understand. Moreover, Jason is more interested in relating to his clients by demonstrating warmth and acceptance, empathy, and a focus on the client and how they feel rather than talking about himself. Additionally, Jason is someone who allows the client to feel they can have a good relationship with him, and that he can be trusted because the interests of his clients and the people they care about will be protected.
Jason excels at establishing a strong and healthy therapeutic alliance with his clients. This is one of the strongest predictors of a good therapeutic outcome because there is a feeling that the therapist is in partnership with his clients.
Jason also knows his clients want to know why they are experiencing their symptoms even if this isn’t the first time they have looked for therapy. Though Jason majored in Psychology at Texas A&M University, he is careful not to overwhelm his clients with “scientific” explanations. His explanations are founded upon a sense of who the client is and why they feel the way they do. Jason is also flexible and understands that circumstances change and that new information about the client’s symptoms may become available over the course of treatment.
Commitment to developing a consistent and acceptable treatment plan is paramount in Jason’s therapeutic approach. He is careful to help his clients understand what is happening and why. Through the development of the treatment plan, he helps instill inspiration, hope, and optimism about his clients’ chances for improvement. However, though hope is a powerful motivator, he is cautious to instill a sense of realistic hope for improvement by striking a balance between realism and hope.
The American Psychological Association recommends that therapists adapt treatment plans to the cultural values of the client by demonstrating respect for the client’s background as well as being aware of cultural attitudes toward family relationships, religious practices, and appropriate behavior within the client’s cultural community. During his internship at Garfield Park Behavioral Hospital (GPH) for children and adolescents, Jason worked with some of the most under-privileged children in Chicago. During this experience, He relied heavily upon his empathetic skills and his innate ability to establish rapport and trust with the children at GPH to facilitate a therapeutic alliance with them. He was also intentional in his efforts to foster healthy and adaptive coping strategies for children who struggled with severe verbal, physical, mental, and sexual abuse, as well as other severe trauma and severe psychosis.
The outcome of therapy is contingent upon many factors, and therapy can happen in many types of situations. Jason’s goal as a therapist is to ensure that his clients receive the best possible treatment available.