Therapist (intern) – Offering in-person & virtual therapy
Hi! I’m David Jacobs!
Are you looking for low-cost (or pro bono) therapy? I’m accepting new therapy clients on a sliding scale between $30-70, based on what a client can afford. Talk to us to know more.
Why I chose to become a therapist
I value human connection. Although I initially pursued graduate work in philosophy (and still enjoy thinking about questions such as “what gives life meaning?’”, I realized that I crave human connection and want to directly help real people. It is important to me to help those who struggle, and I particularly enjoy helping those who may go through things I’ve also experienced.
What I love about being a therapist
It is a real privilege as a therapist when a client takes the risk to trust me enough to share their internal world with me. I find it very fulfilling when someone is emotionally vulnerable with me. Particularly, I love working with college students and young adults who are struggling to figure out what they want to do in life and who they want to be in the world.
I also really enjoy working with men who are struggling with negative or toxic societal expectations about what it means to “be a man”. How one conceptualizes what it means to “be a man” can affect both personal relationships as well as one’s professional identity. I have helped men who are conflicted about how much to comply with messages such as “men should be tough and not show emotion” or “men should be breadwinners”.
Specific areas of interest
- Men’s therapy
- Therapy for college students
- Anxiety treatment
- Therapy for depression
- Counseling for life transitions
- Individual relationship counseling
- Discernment and decision making
My therapeutic style
I very much respect the autonomy of a client. I don’t profess to have the answers for you and don’t see my role as advice-giving. What I can promise is to listen, reflect on what I am hearing from you, and help you make connections. I am a good fit for clients who are curious about themselves, value self-awareness and want to develop insight about themselves. I often help clients process what they want in life.
My education and experience
I graduated from college at the University of Chicago and got my master’s in philosophy from Northern Illinois. I began a Ph.D. program in philosophy at Johns Hopkins, before determining I wanted a career that was less about thinking/reading/writing and more about human connection and emotion. Now, I’m in the final year of my master’s program at the University of Maryland School of Social Work – Behavioral Health, with Projected Graduation in May 2023.
Personal tidbit: I have 2 cats that I adore. If we do virtual sessions, you may get to meet them!
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