Jason Briggs, M.A., LMFT, is a masters-level Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and graduate of the California School of Professional Psychology, class of 2013. Core values he has integrated from his background, experiences, personal and professional relationships and training, have prepared Jason to support many issues. These issues include: existential periods of reorientation, co-dependence, boundary work, sexual abuse offenders and victims, anxiety spectrum disorders, including complete dissociative disorders and suicidal behavior. Jason helps others with role and performance anxieties, self harm, existential issues and various forms of depression, ADD/ADHD for children and adults, addiction and spirituality issues or crises of faith/reason. He serves non-religious clients with a secular humanist approach.
Models of therapy Jason uses are: Experiential Therapy, EMDR Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Gottman research, Boundaries/Family Systems Theory, Psycho-dynamic Theory, Choice Theory. MRI Communication Research and Common Factors research also inform his practice.
Jason’s human services work began as volunteer in a traditional Okinawan Karate dojo, as both a student and teacher. Exposure to Eastern principles and Western psychological concepts in his family of origin, prepared him for a study of Isshin-Ryu and a intimate inquiry in martial arts, which led to his eventual curiosity in the healing arts. In the winter of 1995, Jason attended the Phillip School of Massage in Nevada City, to become a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT). The philosophy of the schools founder, Judy Phillips and her curricula, proved to be a powerful role model that would impact Jason’s life forever. She emphasized exploring intention and integrating mindfulness movement with mind/emotion/sensation, all within the crucible of this group learning and somatic-based educational process. Jason’s exploration of the martial arts and massage, reflects a period of integrating intentional practice, employing the purpose for his hands to heal not harm.
Continuing exploration of the mind/body connection at Sierra Therapy and Hand Rehabilitation (STHR) in Auburn, Jason began a process of examining the impact his own unhealed/healed attitudes had on the quality of his service to others, using the philosophy and tools of attitudinal healing. Outside STHR, he attended a psycho-spiritual educational/experiential group process. Creating emotional safety in this educational group process, extended a sense of safety to those he was honored to serve at STHR.
Later as a social worker Jason became connected to his clients, serving in their communities, homes, schools, hospitals and even jail. After a period of service in a variety of social work organizations, he began to see his clients in the context of their lives. Jason’s experiences in volunteer and service organizations, coupled with his graduate studies and practicum, helped him to organize his service and support philosophy around a variety of issues.
Some of Jason’s interests include playing soccer (both co-ed and non-coed), spending time with family, playing the Irish bagpipes and penny whistle, and busking at the farmers market. He also enjoys dog training and canine studies, using the principles of evolutionary companionship and validating the age old emotive bonds found in the human-canine relationship.