Jason Park, MSW, LSWAIC
Therapy is more than two individuals just speaking to each other for an allotted period of time; it is a space in which we enter into your internal world and together celebrate joy, grieve pain, and share in sadness. While we were created to feel our emotions in such a way, past and current barriers often teach us to experience them as unbearable. It is here where depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges find their roots. The hope in all of this is that positive change is possible, and our work together will explore ways to make that happen.
Puyallup – Mon, Wed & Sat
Although therapy is more than just talking, allow me to clarify – between the two of us there may be a lot of talking involved! However, the focus will be on your internal world. My job is to create an environment that will help you realize and resolve the barriers in your life and help you recognize the strength and resilience that has assisted you so far. Through our work together, my hope is that you will gain a healthy, unfiltered view of yourself and how God sees you.
My Goal as a Christian Counselor
Therapy you receive from a Christian counselor should not differ from secular providers in terms of quality of service. My goal is to provide competent psychotherapy to those who seek to alleviate mental health symptoms. In addition to effective counseling, I believe as a Christian I am mandated and equipped to bring God’s kingdom wherever I am. With that in mind, I try to facilitate sessions where God’s hope and peace are conveyed with language appropriate and catered to your needs.
What I Offer in Christian Counseling
You can expect to feel as if you’re having a normal conversation with a friend, with the added benefits of mental health therapeutic techniques woven into the conversation. Our meetings will rely on you to inform the direction of the session, and I will use my training to work with you in gaining insight into the challenges and progress you share and explore practical changes that can be made.
My Approach to Christian Counseling
As much as I value faith-based therapy, my approach in adding faith to our conversations will depend on how much is brought in by you. An individual’s spirituality and relationship with God is unique to them; the last thing I want is to presumptuously assume that position. I will start our relationship by getting an understanding of where you are spiritually and how you would like to add that to our sessions. We can certainly change the approach as we continue with each appointment.
Qualifications & Experience
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker Associate with a Masters of Social Work from Simmons University. I have been a professional counselor since 2018 and provided psychotherapy at a community mental health agency. Informally, I have worked with high school and college students since 2010.
My Call to Christian Counseling
My view and understanding of God’s heart for the broken and oppressed, along with my personality and gifts as they relate to therapy, have led me to become a counselor.
More About Me/On a Personal Note
My wife and I have been married since 2014 and we have two children, a boy and a girl. I have played music since my early teens and try to play as often as possible for my church. I am very much an indoors person, and relate to a Korean joke where if someone were to ask where I went for vacation I would respond, “Bangkok” (which is the capital of Thailand, but also could be translated in Korean as “stayed in my room”). However, as my kids are the tree-climbing, sprinting, bike-riding sort, I find myself outside more often than not on adventures with my family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I enjoy playing the board game, Sorry, with my 5-year-old son, and on occasion play a round of cribbage or Scrabble with my wife by the fire.
- Abandonment and Neglect
- Anger Management
- Bipolar Disorder
- Chemical Dependency
- Grief and Loss
- Individual Counseling
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
- Relationship Issues
- Sexual Abuse
I like to describe trauma, especially childhood relational challenges and emotional neglect, as an umbrella. Under that overarching narrative are symptoms that fit under a multitude of mental health challenges, including bipolar disorder, codependency, post-traumatic stress disorder, chemical dependency, and many others.
Trauma can refer to long-term childhood emotional/physical abuse and neglect – otherwise known as complex trauma. When a client comes in to address past/current sexual abuse or challenges with posttraumatic stress disorder, my train of thought lies in how an individual’s emotional experience is tied to the trauma; an experience shaped by childhood. If a client does not report childhood trauma, then what is their current emotional experience that allows the trauma to stick, and how can we loosen the grip?
My hope is that as we explore and gain an understanding of your emotional experience in a variety of contexts, we can work to develop more helpful, hopeful patterns in all avenues of your life.
Bipolar disorder, as with other mental health diagnoses, is marred with stigma and ignorance. However, I describe the diagnosis as I would with someone struggling with diabetes – it is a disease that people unfortunately struggle with and thus take medication to stabilize the symptoms. With research supporting the relationship between trauma and the bipolar diagnosis, therapy would be useful in navigating triggers and stressors that could affect symptoms.
When others describe codependency,it is typically referred to as a lack of independence. Instead, I like to look at it as butter spread on too much bread, or a table carrying too many plates: an individual is carrying the needs of others beyond their capacity and/or at the detriment of self. Therapy involves developing a healthy sense of self in which a person is not so much about ignoring others’ requests, but allowing their own needs to play a role in their decision-making process. Doing so allows a client to set appropriate boundaries when necessary for emotional wellbeing.
Chemical dependency is a touchy subject commanding a large presence in our media and personal lives. The current discourse on chemical dependency is mostly along the lines of, “They should just quit,” or “If they would just try to quit, then they would be in a better spot.” I don’t see it that way. Yes, substance use is not the answer, and continues the same unhealthy cycle; I will say, however, the drug use serves a purpose – people are self-medicating. I don’t say this to excuse the behavior, but to explain it. If we understand the purpose, what then? Let’s find out what it is that drives you to need substances, because a lot of times they are used to help manage something that feels unmanageable. Once we do that, we have the insight to change that function and find something else that works.
Availability (by office location):
- Puyallup – Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday
Fees: I offer a Risk-Free Initial Session for individuals looking to pursue counseling with me. Please note that there is a fee for the Risk-Free Initial Session as it is a clinical hour and reimbursable to most insurance companies, but if you choose not to reschedule and continue therapy after the initial session the entire fee for the session will be waived. For ongoing treatment the full fee per session is required at the time of service. For more information regarding standard session fees, please contact me directly at (253) 270-0921 or [email protected].
Insurance: As a Licensed Social Work Associate Independent Clinical (LSWAIC), most insurance companies will reimburse for a portion of my services (as an Out of Network Provider). Please consult with your insurance provider as to whether they specifically cover adolescents, individuals and couples.
Receipts/Statements: In the event you require a printed or digital receipt, I will provide receipts for personal use, insurance reimbursement, Flex Spending Accounts (FSA), and Health Savings Accounts (HSA).
Payment options: Cash, Check, or Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, & American Express). A fee of up to 3.7% plus $0.15 per transaction will be added for credit card payments.
Abandonment and Neglect
Counseling for Teens