Debbie Jason, PhD, Psychologist

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“Every single day, I have the honor of witnessing true healing from trauma and mental health challenges.”

Meet Debbie Jason, PhD, Psychologist

Debbie Jason, PhD, Psychologist

 

Dr. Jason received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and completed postdoctoral training at UCLA TIES for Families. She began her post-doctoral training at UCLA in 2015 before being promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor at UCLA where she provided clinical supervision to PhD students.

 

What is your particular area of expertise?

I specialize in complex trauma, especially with adolescents and young adults. I work with children and families who have been exposed to trauma or are currently experiencing stress of any kind. My experience working with children and adolescents in foster care, residential placements, and juvenile hall has been incredibly formative in how I work with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma.

With a strong foundation in evidence-based practices, I support my clients in strengthening healthy family bonds, improving emotional control, and increasing positive relationships. I help my clients understand how to manage their lives better. Allowing children and families to feel more secure and less prone to testing boundaries has been incredibly rewarding work.

In addition to clinical work, I also provide training and supervision to future therapists. As a consultant for the DMH-UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence, I provide bi-weekly training on Trauma and Resilience Informed Care.

 

How would you describe your therapeutic style?

For me, my therapeutic style starts with a strong knowledge and deep understanding of the research behind effective treatments related to the scientific study of the brain.  Combining this with a “do what works” approach is where we can really dig in and individualize the treatment for each client. My foundation in many gold-standard therapies allows me to really tailor my therapy to each person I work with, no matter how complex or unique their challenges or goals may be.

 

What’s something someone should know about working with you?

Non-judgement has always been a key component of my practice and something that’s incredibly important to me. Every single day, I have the honor of witnessing true healing from trauma and mental health challenges.  As my clients and I create a safe and open space together, we experience true healing.

Some may find it helpful to know that I also provide comprehensive psychological evaluations which help differentiate between conditions that have similar symptoms, but very different treatments. For example, trauma responses vs. ADHD vs. learning disabilities vs. anxiety.

“My foundation in many gold-standard therapies allows me to really tailor my therapy to each person I work with, no matter how complex or unique their challenges or goals may be.”

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