I work with adults and young adults on issues related to identity development, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and relationship concerns. I provide an affirming and sex-positive space where you can bring each part of your being, including race, gender, body type, sexuality, relationship partnerships, and other aspects of identity.
Just as our personal identities are complex, so are our relationships. We naturally desire a sense of connection and safety, therefore it’s important to acknowledge and explore our immediate interpersonal relationships, as well as the larger societal systems in which we are embedded that influence our well-being. I work with a recognition of the ways that our identities inform how we navigate the world.
In order for therapy to be beneficial, I think it is important that the therapeutic space is centered on safety and trust. As such, I strive to provide a space that is warm, compassionate, and collaborative, and that honors that the person who knows you best is you. I often use an intersectional feminist lens, and draw from various approaches including attachment theory, cognitive behavioral therapy CBT), and mindfulness-based methods. I try to tailor my approach to your specific needs while emphasizing your unique strengths. I can help you identify patterns that you feel may no longer serve you, and help you to find new strategies that fit your current needs while supporting growth and healing.
I am honored to partner with you and I look forward to accompanying you on your journey toward self-exploration.
Education and Training
Jesenia Chavez, MSW, MA, holds a Master’s degree in Social Work with a specialization in mental health, as well as a Master’s in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies from Loyola University Chicago. She previously attended California State University, Chico, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Most recently, Jesenia worked with clients in private practice around identity development, depression, anxiety, and trauma. She completed her graduate training at the Dominican University Wellness Center, where she provided individual therapy to a diverse student population, and at the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing where she worked with clients facing eviction.