About my practice

 

 

 
 
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Why is there a picture of a bicycle?

My name is Jacob Brown, and you may be wondering why there’s a picture of me at a cooking class and a picture of a bicycle.  It’s because I love cooking and bicycles.  And I think it’s important that you know something about who I am.

Many therapists believe that it’s important to hide themselves from their clients.  They prefer to keep their personal lives and beliefs a secret.  But, research clearly shows that the most important factor for success in therapy is the quality of the relationship between client and therapist.  And how can we have an open and honest relationship, if I won’t let you know anything about me?

 

My approach to therapy

Finding the right therapist is a very personal and individual process.  To help you understand my approach to therapy, here are a few things that I believe.

  • a collaborative process

I believe that the most effective therapeutic approach is one that the therapist and client craft together. You are an individual with a unique set of experiences and issues. How can I expect to be helpful, if I only rely on a single approach that treats everyone the same way? It just doesn't make sense. The best solutions come from working together.

  • Focus on the strengths

We all have many strengths.  But, it’s very easy to get caught up in what's not working and spend months just focusing on the problem.  I believe that the first step in therapy is to find your strengths and work from there.

  • It’s not about fitting in

The goal of therapy is not to help you just fit in to the world.  It’s to help you find out who you are, what you believe, what you want, and what brings you joy & meaning.  Then, we work to find ways to bring those elements into all the different parts of your life.

  • You drive the process

    I believe that you carry the answers within you. My job is to help you to uncover the feelings, strength, and knowledge that you already possess.

  • An honest relationship

    My approach is connected, warm, strength-based, and supportive. My style is to be highly transparent.  I answer questions rather than deflect them, and I don't keep secrets from my clients.  My goal is for us to build a strong relationship, based on openness and honesty.

  • 12 step Friendly

    For those in a 12 step program, I'm very comfortable working within a 12 Step framework.

Training

I started my professional life as a business guy, and had a long and happy career as a marketing and market research consultant.  Then, I became aware that it was time for a change.  As much as I had enjoyed my career, I knew that there was another part of me that wasn't being fed.  After a long search I enrolled in the Wright Institute's Marriage and Family Therapist program.   

  • BA, Fine Arts, UC Irvine

  • MBA, Marketing & Strategy, UCLA

  • MA, Counseling Psychology, Wright Institute

  • Certification in Grief Counseling (In Process)

Rates

  • The fee for A 50 minute session is $140 - or $165 for a 65 minute couples session

  • I have a limited number of sliding scale appointments available for $80 - $100

Insurance

I do not currently accept any form of insurance. However, I can provide you with an itemized bill to submit to your insurance carrier as an out of network provider.

 

"I believe that a different therapy must be constructed for each patient because each has a unique story.”

Irv Yalom MD


Here are a few pictures of my office in Corte Madera. I’m right off the freeway, serving clients from throughout Marin County, San Francisco, and parts of the East Bay.

Lots of natural light - very comfortable office

Lots of natural light - very comfortable office

Lots of natural light

Lots of natural light

Wheelchair Accessible Office

Wheelchair Accessible Office

Plenty of free parking

Plenty of free parking