Dr. Clay Jorgenson, LCP
Mental illness is very often our minds coping with difficult emotions in an unhealthy, almost automatic way; a defense mechanism against unwanted emotions. Dr. Jorgenson’s specialty is helping adults, young men and women, and adolescents develop ways of coping that are in line with who you want to be. Whether it is trauma, depression, anxiety, an eating disorder or self-doubt getting in the way, blocking you from yourself, Dr. Jorgenson facilitates movement towards who you want to be. His therapeutic approach is client centered, values oriented and grounded in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Internal Family Systems and Psychodynamic approaches.
Clay has nine years of experience working with adults and adolescents struggling with Trauma experiences, Addiction, Depression and Eating Disorders. He has helped treat clients suffering from Binge Eating, Anorexia and Bulimia for 3 years with the Chesnut Group. Prior to joining the Chesnut Group Clay was a General Psychologist and Health Psychologist for the VA hospital where he helped our veterans overcome anxiety and panic, to severe trauma, grief and depression. Additionally, Dr J worked with Mental Health Clients with complex, co-occurring medical problems (such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension). Before the VA Dr. J worked at El Camino Hospital in both the inpatient and outpatient PHP programs as a Dialectical Behavior Therapist.
Before Clay had a “Dr” before his name he helped parents and children develop healthy bonds of attachment in residential settings. He taught parents emotional awareness, communication and distress tolerance skills for themselves and to teach their kids. And he helped adolescents develop life and emotional regulation skills on their own and assisted in reintegrating parents and children in a healthy way following the residential program.
In his free time Clay enjoys the outdoors, works of fiction, DIY projects and Disc Golf.
Clay provides individual therapy to adults, parents, teens and children and runs several groups focused on skill development. He also offers clinical supervision and consultation services to other professionals. He is particularly skilled in offering ACT trainings and is a certified ACT therapist and is FBT, DBT, RO-DBT, and EFFT trained.
School: CSPP California School of Professional Psychology
Year Graduated: 2019
License No. and State: Licensed Clinical Psychologist in California & Utah. #33046 California.