Jimmy Bridges

PhD, LMFT, CFLE

Jimmy (he/his/him) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a clinical fellow of AAMFT, an AAMFT approved supervisor, and a certified Family Life Educator through NCFR. He holds a Doctoral degree in Couple and Family Therapy from Kansas State University and two graduate certificates in Social Justice Education and Gender, Women, and Sexuality studies. His main scholarly work focuses on therapist development, particularly around privilege awareness and multicultural competency. He specializes in couples and relational therapy, is trauma-informed, queer affirming, and poly/ENM and kink friendly.

 

Jimmy believes that balancing the needs to connect and be a unique individual are central to a satisfying life and meaningful relationships. He believes that many of us struggle with conflict because we ourselves have been hurt. Some of us carry a lot of baggage from our upbringing. Some of us have been hurt by previous relationships. And sometimes we hold onto negative beliefs or stories that society has convinced us are true. Jimmy takes a compassionate, warm, and patient approach. He guides clients through a better understanding of who they are, and how they can take responsibility for their own growth and have more meaningful and fulfilling relationships. 

 

Jimmy has worked with a variety of clients from diverse backgrounds and specializes in couples and relational therapy. For his clinical work, Jimmy combines several approaches including the Bader-Pearson Deveopmental Model, Experiential Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and other intergenerational and differentiation-based therapies. His work is guided by systemic, power-sensitive values, as well as intersectional feminist and queer theory.

 

Ongoing self-reflection is an essential part of Jimmy’s own professional and personal life. As a researcher of therapist development and privilege awareness, Jimmy’s own identities as a white, male-presenting, middle-class person are constantly checked. He continues to ask how his identities play a role in the therapeutic process, and welcomes discussions of identity in the therapy room with him and his clients. This ongoing process of self-awareness has deeply influenced his core values of transparency, intentionality, equality, respect, and warmth. As a clinician, supervisor, researcher, and educator, he strives to be guided by these values in all that he does.

 

When he is not seeing clients, Jimmy can often be found in the kitchen baking and cooking yummy food. Jimmy also likes to spend time in the woods and the water. He also likes to keep up on hobbies like reading, singing, playing guitar, banjo, and ukulele, and watching plants grow.

 

Areas of Expertise

Couples counseling

Gendered power disparities in relationships

Polyamorous/ENM/CNM relationships

Queer affirming services

Family conflict

Faith crisis/religious transitions

Mood Disorders

Anxiety Disorders

Mindfulness

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