Jake SimsAssociate Marriage & Family Therapist, AMFT
I am a therapist based out of the Bay Area, California treating issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and addiction.
Gender identity issues, sometimes called gender dysphoria or gender conflict, occur when an individual feels an inconsistency between their physical gender and the gender they truly feel or identify with. This most commonly exhibits itself as a physical discomfort with the gender one was assigned at birth, including the feeling of being in the wrong body. Children with gender dysphoria may express disgust of their own genitals or a certainty that they will grow up to be the opposite sex. Some individuals with gender identity issues treat this feeling by physically modifying their bodies to better match their gender identity. Gender dysphoria comes with it an increased risk for depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, and bullying. If you are experiencing gender identity issues, reach out to one of TherapyDen’s qualified professionals today.
I love working with adults and teens who are struggling with interpersonal issues (family, work, at school, with friends, etc), those wanting to gain insight into themselves, and individuals in the process of healing from traumatic incidents. I work with many folks who suffer from anxiety (including social and performance), panic attacks, fears, grief, body image issues, and those who have a critical inner voice. I love supporting those who desire to gain greater self-worth and self-compassion.
Somatic therapy enlists the innate intelligence of the body as a catalyst for health. Because mind-body disconnect is often related to our deepest wounds, somatic attunement is essential to healing. By bringing awareness to how emotions, sensations, thoughts & memories interconnect and influence each other, my clients gain a felt-sense of wholeness.
My clients tend to struggle with feeling stuck, overwhelmed by their thoughts and feelings, and trouble communicating regarding needs. Often they have trouble sleeping or unwinding or have pressures of being "perfect". They may also be afraid to take chances, be genuine in relationships, and seek out opportunities and sex they deserve. I enjoy working with those struggling with issues related anxiety, trauma, am LGTQI affirming, sex positive.