I AM JAIMEE BECK, THERAPIST AND LIFE COACH.
As I sat at a desk on campus, overlooking Downtown Los Angeles, I wrote my millionth essay while daydreaming about all of the possibilities in my future once I finished my master’s degree. Naturally, I loved my time during graduate school, being the total nerd that I am, what with all the reading and writing, and I learned a great deal from my studies. Yet, as I sat in that seat, watching the sun glint off of the buildings surrounding me, I thought about the day I’d finally get to sit with clients. My chance finally arrived when I began my first internship during my second year of grad school.
I completed two internships during my time as a graduate student. My first position was with SHIELDs for Families where I provided counseling to low-income and homeless individuals struggling with substance use and mental illness in South Central Los Angeles. Upon the end of my contract with SHIELDs, I then received a position at Elite Care Treatment, another substance use and mental illness treatment center in Costa Mesa, CA. The clientele at both sites were completely different, a challenge for which I am truly grateful as I continue to seek expanding my knowledge and practice to individuals from all different backgrounds.
Eventually, I finished my internship hours, and I graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Forensic Psychology. Why forensic psychology? Because, the forensic psychology program was particularly focused on learning how to work with clients from all backgrounds and life situations. Now that I have graduated, my goal is to continue my therapeutic practice as an associate professional clinical counselor (the technical way of saying a therapist working on getting licensed).
As a therapist, I seek to form genuine relationships with my clients to create a space in which they feel safe exploring any and every topic. I work with each client to create an individualized treatment plan addressing their greatest mental health concerns. In addition, I approach the therapeutic relationship as a partnership in which the client brings the knowledge about themselves, and I bring the knowledge about psychology, thus incorporating the client in the treatment planning process. Clients from any and all backgrounds are welcome, and I am happy to discuss any struggle preventing your mental wellness.
Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in English with Creative Writing; Technical and Professional Communication Certificate: California State University, Long Beach
- Telehealth 101: BBS Approved
- Introductory Competencies for LGBTQ-Affirmative Counseling: ACA Course
- ASAM Modules 1 and 2 certifications
- American Counseling Association (ACA)
- Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE)
- California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (CALPCC)