STELLA "LAGO" JONES, LMFT INTERN
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Stella "Lago" Jones, LMFT intern
Philosophy and Approach: As a trained family therapist, I work primarily with relationship systems. This means I work with individuals, couples, and families, and center my approach on considering the impact that clients’ relationships and surrounding environment could be having on their mental health in addition to psychiatric concerns. I also view the greater social systems we all navigate as having a significant impact on personal and community wellbeing. I believe it is possible for people to learn and grow beyond behaviors that are causing themselves and/or other people distress, and that appropriately engaging loved ones in therapy—be they partners, friends, family of choice, or biological family—can be a powerful tool to support this process.
In sessions I am responsible to the safety of my clients, but I allow you to be responsible for the growth I know you will achieve. To create positive change in your behaviors and relationships we will work together to identify your strengths, identify and interrupt troublesome patterns, and build or rebuild supportive and trusting relationships with your safe support people. I have experience working with LGBTQ, disabled, and ethnic/racial minority individuals and families, as well as personal experience living with these identities. I believe that especially with collaborative care and the right support, every person has the capacity to heal, grow, and thrive.
Formal Education and Training: I completed a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. I completed a 15-month externship as a Marriage and Family Therapist working with clients in substance use recovery at De Paul Treatment centers. I have 60 hours of basic training as a sexual and domestic violence advocate with Call to Safety, 16 hours of training in somatic therapy and expressive arts therapy, and two years of experience receiving culturally specific training and providing therapeutic services to Native American/Alaska Native clients in a culturally specific treatment facility.