Hello, I'm so glad you're here! My name is Jaleesa Black. I am a member of Thrive Psychology Group, a private group practice in LA,CA.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA
As a clinician I have been utilizing CBT in my work for 5 years. I have utilized CBT to address multiple issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and relationship difficulties. Life isn't easy and having a brain wired to take in the bad and the good makes us worried, irritated and stressed instead of confident, secure, and happy. My focus is on problem solving, and the goal is to change clients' thought patterns in order to change their responses to difficult situations.
As a woman of color I always work from a culturally competent lense. When working with my clients I make sure to inquire about and understand my client’s background, ethnicity, and belief system. As a therapist I incorporate cultural sensitivity into my work to accommodate and respect differences in opinions, values, and attitudes of various cultures and different types of people.
When addressing depression I understand that it comes in multiple sizes. I work with my clients on developing healthy thinking patterns and beliefs about self, others, and the world to help alleviate their symptoms. While I understand depression can sap the motivation from most I still like to challenge my clients to utilize some of the positive coping skills that are presented in treatment that are scientifically proven to help alleviate depressive symptoms.
When addressing issues around attachment its important for clients to explore their attachment style as a child and how they were or weren't able to get certain needs met growing up. Once we have explored their past dynamics. I then psychoeducate my clients on the ways these connections lead to the attachment styles we display as adults. Once this has taken place then we can work on utilizing cognitive tools to reframe their neural networks to build healthier relationships moving forward.
When addressing family conflict I like to look at it as a complex and multidimensional problem. I concentrate on identifying the different risks factors that cause conflict and disruption in the family system then focus on decreasing those risk factors and on increasing protective factors that directly affect the entire system. A lot of family conflict includes needing to address communication patterns, improve problem solving skills and increasing the level of respect in the entire system.