Jason Cleveland, MA, tLMFT primarily works with adolescents and adults. His focus areas include anxiety, depression, parenting, relationship issues, substance use disorder therapy, anger management, behavioral issues, dissociative disorders, and trauma. In addition, he can communicate using American Sign Language and works with deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. He is working towards his PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Brings understanding to the session
Jason believes that our lives shape who we are. For example, he comes from a large, blended family. This helps him to understand the dynamics of different perspectives and personalities. As a result, he is able to help those who struggle with challenging family dynamics. People find him to be relatable, which allows them to open up.
In addition, he has three children of his own and has experienced divorce. This makes him relatable to those who have also experienced parenting or separation. He understands loss and knows that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Raising children has been a joy for him and allows him to better understand children and their interactions.
Be who you are
His ultimate goal is to help people be who they truly are. Similarly, he wants to help them heal from painful experiences that may slow their progress. He hopes to be a light for them in an often dark world. The ability to talk to people and make a difference is very rewarding to him.
A comfortable space
It is important to him that he provides a safe, comfortable space for people to share. Therapy can be difficult and the topics can be challenging to discuss. He knows when to poke and prod and when to be soft and gentle. This is important because he believes that a big piece of therapy is timing. Knowing when to challenge someone and when to support them can make a huge difference. He wants each individual he sees to have a good relationship with him, trust him, and be able to open up. For instance, he brings humor into his sessions when it’s appropriate. He says humor helps him remember not to take himself too seriously.
In addition to his work as a therapist, Jason is a professional musician. He enjoys playing the drums, guitar, and bass. He also is an award-winning poet and claims to be a novice home chef.