Janae Chavez, LMFT
Treatment Philosophy and Focus
Life is as hard as it is beautiful, and all people experience difficulties and stressors in their lives. Therapy can help support people to overcome these difficulties or work toward a different path. Moreover, the act of seeking counseling is courageous. It indicates that clients are facing their challenges and want to make changes to work through difficulties.
As a person of mixed cultural heritage, Janae believes that all behaviors make sense in light of the situations in which they occur and works to incorporate an understanding of a person’s context, relational history, and culture in therapy. Fundamentally, Janae views the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative one. All individuals and families have strengths and are the experts on their families and their experiences. When Janae first meets a client, she focuses on building a trusting relationship and aligns herself side by side with that person to work toward their goals. Janae also provides therapy services in Spanish.
Education and Experience
Janae has always been interested in the impact of social norms and culture on individuals and families and completed her BA double majoring in Psychology and Anthropology with a Spanish minor at the University of Oregon. Janae then spent time working as an Early Intervention Specialist in a therapeutic preschool and home visiting program focused on supporting children and families with significant trauma histories and those at high risk for abuse and neglect. This experience led Janae to return to school and complete her Master of Science in Couples and Family Therapy at the University of Oregon. Janae gained an additional four years of experience working with adults, children, and families with a variety of presenting concerns in Oakland CA. Janae has a particular interest in treating trauma in both adults and children and has additional training in EMDR. Works with ages 0 and up.
- ADHD/ Sensory issues
- Bi-lingual in Spanish
- Chronic Illness
- Parenting/Attachment Issues
- Working with Immigrant populations
- Working with Children and Families