Beyond the Couch: A Therapist Spotlight: Jason Darr, LMFT
Today, I would like to introduce you to Jason Darr, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Jason’s treatment specialties include treating people who struggle adverse childhood experiences and Reactive Attachment Disorder.
As a former foster child, yourself, what fueled your desire to make a career within mental healthcare?
“One thing I realized from a young age is that each family I was placed with was very different” Jason said. “It was realizing how different every family’s dynamic was when I was in graduate school that I knew family systems therapy was going to be a big part of my work as a therapist”. Jason reports incorporating the family treatment work of Virginia Satir, Murray Bowen, and Gerald Correy into his practice because “They really understood how family dynamics can shape a person for the rest of their life”.
Why do you enjoy working with young adults?
“For me, it’s providing a person with the unconditional positive regard that Carl Rogers talks about in his work. Many adolescents and young adults do not receive support in a loving space to be themselves. I hope to model acceptance for these people because I really believe that the lack of positive regard for a younger generation of people has created as massive amount of imposter syndrome. Millennials as a generation really seem to struggle with feeling like not being a real adult because of this”.
Why do you enjoy working at Talk Therapy Center?
“This practice is so unique. Jason Temple has created a culture rooted in positive relationships, the ability to be a lifelong learner, and allows for our team to collaborate regularly”.
What do you want someone new to therapy to know?
“Therapy is about how the client and therapist vibe. Connection and emotional safety are critical, I think. Therapy should be a comfortable fit. Especially for when the client and therapist tackle difficult topics. When emotional safety and trust are created, that’s when therapy works at its best”.
What do you want someone who is coming back to therapy to know?
“I want people who are coming back to therapy to know that you can keep looking until you find a therapist that you connect with. It’s also okay to interview therapists and ask them if they specialize or have experience in treating what you are looking to address in therapy.