Jack Harmelin, LSW
I like to say that I do my best work with queer/trans punks who have indigestion. I am a therapist specializing in EMDR and trauma therapy, so my focus is heavily on trauma and the somatic manifestation of emotional pain. I also like to work with people whose experience of the world has had to consider gender and sexuality. I think it makes for an interesting person who I’d like to get to know.
My work is highly trauma-informed, but I try to bring whatever tool is needed to the job at hand. My approach is strongly informed by EMDR, psychoanalytic, and mindfulness therapies, but I will use CBT, DBT, and exposure interventions as well. I will bring what I think is the right tool to the set of circumstances. If you need a therapist able to provide structure, planning, and goals into your care, I can do that. If you need more of a vibes-based thing, I can do that too. What happens will always be a conversation.
Much of how I show up in the therapy room comes from what I have found missing when looking for a therapist myself. I offer a space that is yours, where the direction and methods of therapy are determined collaboratively. Where your politics aren’t made a diagnosis, where you can safely say “I don’t know” about your gender, sexuality, relationships, your self.
I am an EMDR trained therapist, affirming of polyamorous and non-monogamous relationships, and kink-aware. My approach is informed by materialist philosophy, which means I consider economics, alienation, systems, and identities in the work we do.
Jack is supervised by Leah Cohen, LCSW.