Jack Jacobsen, LCSW

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Clinical Expertise

Jack Jacobsen, LCSW (he/him) is a therapist specializing in the treatment of OCD, Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors, and Tourette Syndrome. He is a permanently Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of Missouri, Virginia, & Colorado Arkansas, Idaho, & Illinois. He also sees clients in various countries around the world.

Jack is devoted to the use of evidence-based treatments and specializes in the use of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for the treatment of anxiety, OCD, Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT), and related disorders. These therapies, which fall under the umbrella of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT), are considered gold standard treatments and the most effective therapies to date for helping clients reclaim their lives from the grip of anxiety.

In addition to his clinical work, Jack is an adjunct faculty member of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, where he teaches Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Behavior Therapy to graduate students. He also regularly travels and trains other mental health professionals in the implementation of evidence-based treatment and has presented at professional conferences. Prior to specializing in anxiety and related disorders, Jack was part of the national training team for couples therapy for the Department of Veteran's Affairs. During this time, he helped train VA clinicians from around the country in Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy (IBCT), an evidence-based treatment for distressed couples.

Education

Jack completed his graduate training in Clinical Social Work at Saint Louis University, where he specialized in family and couples therapy. Following graduate school, he received extensive training in couples therapy by the co-founder of Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy, Dr. Andrew Christensen. Since changing the focus of his clinical work to anxiety and OCD, Jack has trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Stephen Hayes, the founder of ACT, as well as numerous other internationally known ACT therapists. He has also been trained in Exposure and Response Prevention through the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) of the International OCD Foundation, and regularly seeks out and attends ongoing consultation and training in the treatment of OCD, BFRBs, and Tourette.

Personal

Jack is married and has one school age daughter. He and his family live in St. Louis, Missouri, yet escape as often as possible to go camping and travel. They enjoy nature, experiencing different cultures, and spending time together. Jack is a guitarist, having spent several years playing in professional bands in the St. Louis area, though, since the birth of his daughter has primarily focused on family, career, and playing for the squirrels in his back yard.

Jack Jacobsen, LCSW

Working with Jack has changed my life. When I stumbled upon Beyond Borders I was looking for some glimpse of hope in my journey with motor tics. I had been suffering with these my entire life (now in my 30s) and had tried everything short of surgical management. I had tried therapy, cognition altering medications, muscle relaxants, injections, etc. etc. When I started working with Jack I was experiencing tics every few seconds. My day was consumed with thoughts of motor tics, how they were being perceived, and how to make them stop. Jack taught me management techniques that have been, quite literally, life changing. I am now going entire days without the feeling of a need to tic and am easily able to stop tics when the drive does occur. This would have been unthinkable to me just weeks ago. I can't recommend Jack enough if you or someone you love is struggling with managing socially difficult, physically exhausting motor tics. Thank you for all you do!

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