Jaxon Shaffer, M.A.

Jaxon Shaffer, M.A. (they/them)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

MA

Supervisor: Karen Hixson, PhD LPC

If you are seeking a therapy experience that feels human, and is grounded in hope and compassion, I might be a good fit for you.

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

5036603639

3800 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.

Suite 152-H

Beaverton, 97008

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $100-$130

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2018

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual
  • Family
  • Child
  • Relationship
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Ideal Client

My therapeutic style is collaborative, curious, and also direct. I am poly and kink friendly, anti-racist, queer competent and body positive. I strive to assist my clients in accessing their authentic selves and living to their fullest potential.

My Approach to Helping

It is my goal to empower my clients to work through unprocessed emotions and lingering painful events that create barriers to the inherent wisdom and strength each person holds inside of themselves. Messages from society about how we, or our lives, are supposed to look can cause us to experience a lot of guilt and shame when we feel that we don't measure up. Some of the work I do involves recognizing and restructuring harmful internalized messages or thought patterns, accessing language to better communicate needs, guiding clients in exploration of identity, considering relationship dynamics that are causing stress, pursuing options for body and/or gender affirmation, or getting general anxiety under control.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

As a non-binary trans-masculine clinician, I am dedicated to helping transgender, non-binary, agender, gender expansive, or questioning their gender identity. Understanding that so many of us have been harmed by the medical system (including therapists), I first and foremost strive to create a therapeutic relationship that feels safe and welcoming. Secondly, I am passionate about guiding my clients through their journey with gender: establishing a strong sense of self, coming out, dealing with challenging family responses and dynamics, considering or maintaining physical interventions to treat dysphoria, navigating educational and medical systems or/or workplaces, learning to cope with and exist within a cis and heteronormative society. Thirdly, it is essential that my clients feel as though their gender IS NOT a problem to be solved and is not the sole focus of therapy.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Family Therapy External link

    My training at Lewis and Clark Graduate School was grounded in family therapy through a social justice lens. I work with couples, families and individuals from a relational framework, this means seeing a person as a culmination of the relationships and social systems that they are and have been a part of. I consider family of origin, dysfunctional cycles, self in the context of a family unit, attachment development, intersecting identities, diagnosis (if desired), and much more.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Anxiety External link

    Anxiety stems from many places, most often occurring when we feel and perceive that we are out of control of all certain aspects of our lives. I feel confident in helping clients observe the triggers of their anxiety, understand how to listen to their body and the messages anxiety is trying to tell them, and hence feel more in control and able to withstand the discomfort that anxiety brings.

  • Gender Identity External link

    Gender identity and gender exploration is the main focus of my work. I have experience working with children, teens and adults who are questioning their gender, going through gender transitioning, or just needing a safe space to discuss life as a gender non-conforming person. I have received academic training on working with gender non-conforming folks as well as my personal life experience.

  • ADHD External link

    I have quite a bit of experience working with teens and adults who struggle with ADHD.

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