Jason Shepherd, Reg. BACP
I'm Jason, a Marriage and Family Therapist from California in the USA. I'm currently living in York and offering one-on-one and couples/relationship therapy via telemedicine (online video calls) to people in the UK.
How I Can Help:
I specialise in working with the LGBTQ+ community, including individuals experiencing or considering gender transition. My other areas of specialisation include drug and alcohol misuse, depression, anxiety, parenting concerns, relationship issues, and trauma, including complex and inter-generational trauma. I also work in the polyamorous community, so when I talk about providing "couples/relationship therapy", I'm including partnerships with three or more partners.
What I Do:
I work primarily in a Narrative framework, helping people understand the ways in which the stories they tell about themselves define their experience, and guiding them through the process of creating new stories for themselves that open up new possibilities. I'm also familiar with CBT and Solution-Focused techniques.
If you're looking for support as you try to make changes in your life, then I'd be happy to be a part of that process, helping YOU make YOUR life story turn out the way YOU want it to be.
What Therapy With Me Looks Like:
I offer weekly 50-minute sessions via online video chat (using a secure platform called Doxy.Me) or via phone call. Sessions can be shorter if needed, and in cases where extra support is wanted I can offer twice-weekly sessions. Typically I would meet with someone each week at the same time, but I have some flexibility to change appointment times if necessary.
The services I provide are talk-focused, which means the people I work with tell me about themselves and their concerns, and I offer support by talking them through what's bothering them and what kind of changes could be made. This process can be as fast, or as slow, as you want it to be, and there's no time limit, so take all the time you need to feel comfortable.
What I Help People With:
People often talk to me about problems they're having with their self-esteem or their relationships, including feelings they may be having such as sadness, depression, anxiety, fear, worry, anger, hopelessness, or confusion. People also talk to me about negative experiences they have had, including trauma, and how things from their past may be affecting them in the present.
People who seek my help for their relationships often talk to me about conflicts they have with their partners, and how they can change the way they and their partners interact with one another. People also talk to me about their relationships with their children, their parents, their family members, and their friends, and how these relationships can be improved (or, in situations where improvements might be difficult, how they can be made less harmful).
Will It Help?
I believe that ALL problems can be approached in a positive, solution-focused way, if people are willing to talk about them openly and consider them with open minds. I realize that some things are extremely difficult to talk about, and I know that no one "gets better" from being FORCED to--everyone has to approach the changes they want in their life in their own way and at their own pace.
If you would like my help making the changes that are right for you, at a pace which works for you, please reach out whenever you're ready. I'm ready to be here for you if you need me.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California (Registration IMF 84320), as well as a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (ID# 00956447).
I have been practicing psychotherapy for over ten years and have been licensed in the USA since 2013. During my career, I have worked with substance abusers, people on probation and parole, school-aged children and their families, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. I have also served as the Clinic Manager for the Dore Urgent Care Clinic in San Francisco, California, where I helped people stabilise from psychiatric crises.
My experience has included working with people from a wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, of differing ages, income levels, religions, and gender identities. My approach is to always operate from a position of respect and admiration for the ways in which the people I work with are different from me.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Consensual nonmonogamy
- Gender transition
- Coming out
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Starting with a new therapist can be a challenging experience, and it's important that each person receive counselling from someone who will be a good fit for them. I offer a free 50-minute introductory session to all individuals or couples, so that you can decide whether or not you would like to continue working with me at no cost or obligation.
After the initial session, prices are:
- £45 per 50-minute individual session
- £55 per 50-minute couples/relationship session
All sessions are conducted via online video call. Payments can be made via debit/credit card or bank transfer, and payment is expected at end of each session.
There is a £20 cancellation fee for any sessions cancelled within 24 hours.
I am available to take on new clients in the evenings on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, between 7 pm - 11 pm.
I respond to all email enquiries within 24 hours. I am not available for crisis or on-call services; if you are experiencing a crisis or feel you or someone else needs immediate help, please dial 999 or contact your local emergency services provider.