Jay Blevins, MS, LMFT, MBA

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Specialties: Alternative sex & sexuality, gender identity, ethical non-monogamy, partners therapy, men’s work

Services Offered: Online telehealth for individuals and partners around most mental health issues and life challenges, trauma-focused psychotherapy, relational and family therapy, mindfulness training

Sessions: Telehealth (Wisconsin)

Website: www.awentherapy.com

Biography

I have a private practice, Awen Therapy, in Madison, Wisconsin. I took the scenic route to becoming a therapist. The good news is that there is a lot to be learned along the way! My original undergraduate degree was in psychology and computer science. After a stint in the business world I added an MBA. That was followed by starting a couple of small businesses.

Later in life I decided to follow my passion. I returned to get my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Being a therapist has been the most interesting and rewarding part of the journey to date.

Much of my work as a therapist has been supporting people who embrace what are often considered “non-traditional” life choices. My particular areas of focus are sex and sexuality, specifically gender identity, gender preferences, kinks, power dynamics, and ethical non-monogamy. I strive to help clients find the solutions that let them be their most authentic selves.

While psychedelic supported therapy is not currently available where I practice, my expectation is it will arrive in the very near future. I have a great interest in the promise they hold and have made it a point to become knowledgeable about them so I can hit the ground running when that time comes.

How I work with clients

I have a very direct style of therapy. You may enjoy working with me as a therapist if you are looking for someone that can be supportive yet is not afraid to challenge you. I believe people come to therapy because they want change and the fastest way to achieve that is to be challenged to really consider alternative perspectives and strategies.

I use an eclectic approach but all of my techniques are systemic in nature. That means I believe that most problems don’t reside in a person but rather they exist where we interact with other people or their environment.

I prefer a strength-based approach, building on what already works well and teaching new skills and tools as opposed to viewing things as “broken”. For you therapy buffs out there, I use many different styles of interventions but I rely most heavily on Experiential approaches. I also use Strategic, Structural and Post-Modern techniques. However, my ultimate goal is to use the tools and methods that work best for my clients.

Education

MS in Marriage and Family Therapy (Edgewood College)
MA in Business Administration (Edgewood College)

Licenses

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#908-124 Wisconsin)

Trainings

Clinical Hypnosis
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Mindfulness

Languages

English

Online Sessions

Yes

Location Online, Telehealth, Wisconsin

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