Jasmonae J Blodgett, PsyD, LPC
Supervised by Emily Kerzin, Ph.D.
– Create Beauty Out of Ruin
There are three key principles to my style of clinical practice: Collaboration, Systems, and Functions. Collaboration is the foundation in which all my work starts. Though I have certain areas of expertise, clients are the experts on themselves. It takes a tremendous amount of effort and strength to share aspects of ourselves that may have previously been rejected, judged, or invalidated. These negative past experiences have often made us hesitant to listen to our internal voice. Together we’ll discover and validate this true self and work toward a more empowering life.
Secondly, I always adhere to a systemic framework. I will also integrate behavioral interventions like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) combined with a multicultural lens. Using a systems-based approach, I do not look at experiences in a vacuum. Instead, I investigate how everything from family to the larger world arena impacts mental and emotional health. We consider and accept that many perspectives may exist and work toward realizing our reality does not constitute an absolute reality. This insight is profoundly liberating and builds a contextual awareness of our lives.
Finally, I teach my clients how to adjust their conceptualization of their behaviors. All behaviors serve a purpose. Rather than judging them as good or bad, we explore the function of those actions. I work with clients in determining the effectiveness of these behaviors and identify alternatives to reaching the same goal. For example, each of us has a way we feel protects us during conflicts. Some of us shut down, some of us become confrontational, and some of us walk away. Though some of these approaches are less effective than others, in each case we are protecting ourselves from emotional damage. Learning the function of your actions equips you to make choices with intention while seeking to achieve the same goal.
These three principles allow me to customize my work and appreciate the nuance that each client’s experience brings into my office.
Areas of Clinical Interests
Working with couples is one of my favorite parts of my work. As a systems-based clinician, I love helping couples identify the patterns and cycles that have led to them feeling “stuck” in their relationships. Additionally, I am sex-affirming. Many struggle to find a safe space to explore vulnerable aspects of their sexuality. I want individuals and couples to feel empowered to live authentically and fully and have the tools to communicate assertively about all aspects of their identity. I support each couple’s goals in therapy and believe my job is to get couples “unstuck” and moving towards a more fulfilling lifestyle.
Military and Veteran Transition Issues
As the daughter of dual veterans and former wife of a fully disabled veteran, a significant part of my identity resides within the military community. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the San Antonio VA hospital working with veterans struggling with PTSD, TBIs, substance abuse, and other transitional obstacles. Additionally, I developed a course that focuses on military families, looking at specific challenges dependents face throughout a service member’s career.
Multicultural Issues and Intersectionality
As a black woman, various circles often approach me as if race is the only salient aspect of my identity. However, as the daughter of, and former spouse of, disabled veterans, military culture also play a significant role in how I distinguish myself in this world. I find myself correcting others and educating them on the various ways my cultural identities intersect to provide the framework from which I developed my therapeutic lens. Experiencing this discrepancy makes me uniquely sensitive to multicultural issues and passionate about implementing cultural considerations with every client.
Additional areas of interests:
Late Adolescents and Emerging Adults
Grief and Loss
Trauma Focused Yoga
I spent my childhood living all over the world gaining exposure to various environments and groups of people. I attended Spelman College where I got my BA in Psychology. I worked in sales before becoming a licensed cosmetologist. After having my son, I returned to Northwestern University where I got my M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and continued to University of Denver for my PsyD in Clinical Psychology. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System.
I try to live a life that is consistent with my values. I believe in balance and taking time to reflect and adjust to life’s challenges, whatever they may be. As a single mother in the current environment, this has been an invaluable way of life. I use the flexibility developed in my childhood to navigate uncertain terrain and still find the little adventures that invigorate and inspire me. These include art, white water rafting, camping, cooking and getting lost in science fiction novels.