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M.A. In Clinical Psychology with Specialization in LGBTQ populations Antioch University, Los Angeles, California.
M.S. in Environmental Studies with Specialization in Urban Environmental Stewardship. Antioch University New England. Keene, New Hampshire.
Trained and Post Modern Therapies: Narrative, Collaborative Language Systems, and Solution- Focused. Phillips Graduate Institute. Chatsworth, California. Certified in Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) --
Post modernism subscribes to the notion that there are no 'absolute truths' or 'universal' descriptions of people, problems, or solutions.
It invites 'intersectionality' (Crenshaw, 1989) through multi-vocality, the multi-storied view and blended complexities of culture, ethnicity, age, class, sexuality, gender, ability, species, and knowledges (both dominant and local) in every single one of us.
Post modernism finds richness in the individual's personal experience and in the individual's narrative. It accepts and supports the personal view of self, and locates wellbeing in 'unique outcomes' (i.e., things that went well that were not predetermined by others or pre-supposed by us).
Our work deconstructs and breaks down 'grand narratives,' or what some people term as the 'dominant discourse' (i.e., the stories we are told by others about who we are or should be).
For example, think of the stories and stereotypes that have pervaded gay, bi-sexual, lesbian and trans people; women; people with disabilities, young people, old people, people of color, and men.
Our work locates how power (preferred realities) is socially constructed (by language). These narratives are enforced by those who hold power upon those who can't or don't hold power, and this information then goes unchecked. This content is considered general knowledge and is able to perpetuate itself only without context.
When there is no application of history or context and these features go unchecked, it culminates in what many believe, that there exists one single truth.
In this country we have each been held captive by this 'one single truth.' It frames a hierarchy of best to worst, right to wrong, good to bad, and what we 'should' like to what we 'should' dislike. This is the 'dominant cultural paradigm.' Dominant is in the phrase, remember.
In sum, post modernism is more interested in specifics than in generalizations. It posits that the individual is the most likely author to best describe their own felt experience. As a post modernist, it is my belief that when we are able to sincerely articulate, live from, and be supported in our version of ourselves; it is then that we are in the least amount of conflict within ourselves or with others.
Private Practice: Kristin F. Jones Affirmative Psychotherapy (Los Feliz section of Los Angeles, CA) --
Agency and Group work, previous: Aids Project Los Angeles (APLA)- Counselor, facilitator HIV Men’s Group Los Angeles LGBT Center- Facilitator LGBTQ groups: Trans-Perspective, Women’s Coming Out Group, and Bi-osphere Life Works- Facilitator Queer youth female-identified group, and LGBTQ youth mentor Camp Miller Juvenile Detention Center- Counselor, facilitator for Substance Use Group working with male teens Studio 12- Counselor, facilitator working with people pursuing long term sobriety: Men's and Women's Process Groups, Women's Sexuality Group. -- I am a strength-based, affirmative, multicultural clinician and I genuinely believe that without empathy, we learn to mistrust our own impulses and emotions. Simply put, we thrive when we surround ourselves with people who support us. We also benefit from support when we genuinely want it and when we understand the value that it provides us with, by allowing new insights to develop more fully into personal-growth, self-advocacy, and well-being.
My personal interests and pursuits include: Meditation, pilates, camping, hiking, basketball, cycling, and golf. Additionally, I am a nature enthusiast, beachcomber, community volunteer, LGBTQ youth and elder advocate, animal lover, teacher, writer, and voracious reader. I enjoy music, and am a perennial optimist and lifelong learner.
Kristin F. Jones℠Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #92360 3611 Seneca Avenue, Los Feliz Bl #311, Los Angeles, Ca, 90039.