- JSJ Therapy - Jasmine St. John, MS, LMFTPsychotherapist, 2007 - presentJasmine St. John is a licensed Systems Therapist. After earning her Master’s of Science Degree, Jasmine spent numerous years working for various LGBTQIA and alt-sex friendly agencies. She currently has a private practice in Madison, Wisconsin where she sees clients from across the US using a sex-positive, strength-based approach. Jasmine is a frequent conference speaker including: WAMFT (2013, 2012), CARAS (2011), SHINE Empowerment Conference (2011) WAMFT (2011), Sins Leather (2011), Spank Fest (2010),Kink Fest (2008, 2009), Shibaricon (2009), Kinky Kollege (2008, 2009), GRUE (2008), Rape Crisis Annual Benefit (2006), Satryicon (2005, 2006,2007), Outreach Speakers Bureau (2005, 2006, 2007), and Sex Out Loud (2005). Jasmine also regularly contributes her expertise to various media outlets. She has conducted interviews for WORT, Poly Weekly, Young/Kinky, Good Vibrations as well as various web publications. She has written articles for Sex Workers Magazine, Daily News and Skin Magazine. She is a member of the CARAS BDSM & Therapy Project and a writer for the CARAS newsletter Standard Deviations. Jasmine is a regular book reviewer for Contemporary Sexuality and Sexual and Relationship Therapy. She was most recently asked to be a contributor to the updated Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality. Jasmine’s professional memberships include AAMFT, WAMFT, AASECT, CARAS, NCFS, Polyamory Leadership Network, Good Vibrations – Sex Educators Organization and the Greater Madison LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Therapeutic Approach: I have a long history of varied experience working in Madison, Wisconsin: I’ve worked with at-risk youth, families in crisis, developmentally challenged individuals, and people with personality disorders. I’ve served as a group counselor in multiple settings, specifically focused on couples interactions, non-medical related sexual issues, LGBT related topics, and alternative sexual lifestyle choices. This diverse background has taught me what modes of therapy best serve my clients. With that said, the clients that I work with are those that are looking for insight and change. At the core they are seeking a catalyst in their life for something stronger and better, which therapy can provide.
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I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist currently with my own private practice in Madison, Wisconsin who uses a systemic approach. You may be wondering what exactly that means? I’ll do my best to explain the basics behind systems therapy and why I specifically choose this approach to the therapy process.
Considering my direct authentic personality and that I do not agree with a medical or one-size-fits all model for clients, I went out on a search for less formulaic approach to connect with people in the therapeutic environment.
After some research, I came across Systems Theory and concluded that an inclusive systems approach to clients and therapy was the way to go in my practice. Systems Theory states that all aspects of our lives are interconnected, everything matters and that individuals are not islands unto themselves. In addition, our current state was not created within a vacuum. Instead, our past, current, and future states of being are related to all that has happened, is happening, and will happen in our lives. This method results in a more circular approach to issues rather than a search for simple cause and effect. There is no one direct answer to any one concern. Rather, there is an interplay between various factors that create who we are as individuals, such as biology and genetics as well as environmental, sociological and psychological factors, to name a few.
In the Systems Theory method, the therapist uses various means to reach the client and establish a basis for trust. Then the therapist and client look at the client’s past patterns with hardship and success, from which they then create a plan together for targeting specific areas of the client’s life.
The main idea of this approach is that each person has a skill set already set in place to achieve success and the therapist and the client work together to clarify and enhance those skills. If, for example, the person usually reaches goals with a more cognitive approach, then the therapist will utilize that as a means for a plan for future success. Others who may be more behaviorally based would require specific techniques that modify behaviors to reach their goals. Systems Theory allows for each of us to be different while working from our strengths. Systems therapy works with the reality of where the client is today as opposed to expecting a person to fit into a mold, thus increasing the likelihood of successful results.
Finally, Systems Theory breaks down the barriers between therapist and client. There is no all-powerful-therapist with the answers hidden away from you. The therapist and the client work together as individuals with a common goal of discovering ways to change ideas, feelings, and/or behaviors that the client has stated he or she wants to address.
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