Hi, I’m JL Lee, MSW, LSWAIC.
I am a them and a they. And a bit femme-ish.
My intention as a therapist is to co-create a space with you where you feel seen and heard. I work from a client-centered approach. For me, that means holding your lived experiences with the highest regard and knowing that you have learned reactions and coping strategies to the environments and interactions you have experienced. I am passionate and excited about supporting folks as they navigate various and ongoing transitions in life and the accompanying emotions.
My therapeutic lens is informed and rooted in anti-oppression, multicultural, intersectional, queer, gender-affirming, and kink positivity. I strive for excellence, always, and as a result my practice is always evolving. My job as a therapist is to hold the tension of Westernized therapeutic practices with your notions of healing and safety.
Much of my own story has centered around the years of unpacking the shame of being “othered” and making sense of being a second-generation Chinese American living in the United States.
My experiences in therapy have helped me better understand myself and the experiences that I have had and continue to have. As a child of immigrants growing up in an environment different than the ones my parents were raised in, I did not have the language or the education to understand biculturalism. It felt jarring and confusing to be raised in an Eastern home and grow up in a Western environment. I learned to see that I was learning how to navigate multiple sets of expectations at an early age.
Therapy has helped me to be able to dream again.
I bring to my practice 7 years of experience in programming for the Utah Pride Center’s Youth & Family Programs. I worked with my colleagues and community members to develop and meet daily living needs; gender-affirming clothing; information on referrals; and social, educational, and support groups. Most recently I practiced in St. Louis as a therapist intern at Webster University and co-facilitated their Trans & Gender Expansive Support Group.
I received my Master of Social Work (MSW) from Washington University in St. Louis. I am a Licensed Associate Clinical Social Worker in Washington, and my license number is SC61194235.
I offer a free 15 minute consultationas an opportunity for us to get a feel for each other as a therapist-client fit.