Jake Van Epps
Jake received his B.A. in Psychology from Castleton State College, VT in 2000. After his undergraduate degree Jake completed an Outward Bound Instructor Development Practicum at the North Carolina Outward Bound School in Table Rock, NC. Combining his passion for experiential and adventure education with his degree in psychology, Jake worked as a wilderness therapy instructor for Second Nature Wilderness Program and Second Nature Blue Ridge for a total of five years. During his time at Second Nature Blue Ridge he was responsible for the education program and the therapeutic training of field staff. Wanting to devote his career in a more therapeutic direction, Jake earned his M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from The University of Georgia in 2007.
Jake completed his doctoral training in The Pennsylvania State University’s Counseling Psychology Program. He was also successfully completed an American Psychological Association accredited internship at The University of Utah’s Counseling Center. In addition, Jake attended a three year postgraduate training program at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Georgetown, Washington DC.
Jake’s research interests include psychotherapy process and outcome as well as family dynamics. While at Pennsylvania State University, Jake worked on a N.I.H. funded R01 grant studying child maltreatment. The study was investigating differences between maltreating mothers and their three to five year old children with non-maltreating dyads in interpersonal behaviors, emotion regulation development and physiological reactivity. Jake's dissertation investigated the role that self-compassion plays in psychotherapy process and outcome. Believing that with mindfulness, self-compassion is important to cultivate a loving and kind attitude towards self to help a person grow during times of suffering and distress.
Jake’s clinical interests include, but are not limited to, couples and family therapy, identity integration, relational issues, and emotion regulation strategies. His clinical work is founded on the humanistic values of holding a hopeful, constructive view of human beings and of their substantial capacity to be self-determining. Jake takes an ecological perspective in counseling by striving to understand individuals, couples and families within their social, cultural and familial contexts. Jake strives to integrate cultural knowledge with traditional psychotherapeutic strategies to empower clients in increasing their general wellbeing and satisfaction from life.
In addition to his clinical work, Jake is on the Leadership Committee of the LGBTQ Affirmative Therapists Guild of Utah where he takes an active role in developing safe resources for community members seeking counseling and training to increase competency of Utah therapists in working with LGBTQ populations.
Jake also instructs classes at the University of Utah in the Department of Educational Psychology's graduate programs.
Jake has developed extensive experience integrating the art of therapy with the latest evidenced based practices derived from cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal strategies.
Some of the areas Jake has experience working with include:
• Interpersonal Concerns
• Panic Disorder
• LGBITQQA Identities
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