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Jason Drake, LCSW-S, BCN has provided counseling and therapeutic services to teens, young adults, and families since 2003. Jason is the Owner and Lead Clinician at Katy Teen & Family Counseling, PLLC. Jason grew his part-time private practice and opened a thriving group practice in 10 months.
Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Before we dive in, our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you tell us a bit about your ‘backstory’ and how you grew up?
I grew up in Bountiful, Utah which is a suburb of Sale Lake City, Utah. I am the youngest of three children having two older sisters. I also grew up with a mother who had major depression and social anxiety and a father who was disengaged much of my childhood.
Because of my mom’s depression, my mother spent much of her time in bed. Once she was asleep, it was made clear she was not to be disturbed. As a result, my oldest sister stepped in and served the role as our mother. My sister would make our meals, get us ready for school, do our laundry, and make sure our other needs were met.
When I was eight years old, my oldest sister was married and moved out of the house. The person who filled the role of “mom” was no longer able to serve in that capacity. My mother’s depression continued unabated growing up. This created in me an emptiness that I would later go on to fill with unhealthy coping skills.
My teen years were trying years. I rebelled and rebelled often. My mind needed to feel stimulated, and rebelling fit that need. Rebelling helped with escaping from my inner struggles as I would focus on the excitement of rebelling which would help me escape for the time being.
Looking back on my teen years it was clear that I had major depression and anxiety. But being a child who grew up in a home where emotions weren’t discussed and…