Dr. Jason Cohen, Psy.D.

Dr. Jason Cohen, Psy.D.

Professions: Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Other
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - PSY24385
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 12779
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1250 Osos St
San Luis Obispo, California 93401
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I offer a supportive, collaborative, engaging, highly active, rather direct & targeted form of psychotherapy. My preference is for "doing", as well as talking. My approach is very much action oriented. In addition to individual, family, & couples therapy with adolescents and adults, I also provide psychological testing/assessment, educational advocacy and vocational counseling. My experience includes private practice, emergency room/crisis settings, inpatient units, outpatient programs, federal & state prisons, & forensic hospitals.

Email or Call Dr. Jason Cohen, Psy.D. at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 12779

More Info About My Practice

I accept most major insurance. Insurance benefits have become so complex that subtle nuances between seemingly similar plans make for rather large disparities in coverage. I have thus stopped listing plans that I am contracted with. Standard practices often require you to call your insurance company and determine eligibility. I leave that option open for you but prefer to have my staff do this for you which allows us to track your benefits and if needed, obtain preauthorization for additional sessions or services.

With regard to insurance companies that I have no relationship with, you may have out-of-network benefits which will reimburse you for a portion of the cost. In those cases we can discuss the option of using those benefits or I am more than willing to refer you to a colleague that is in your network.

If you do not have insurance, I reserve a few hours a month to offer services on a sliding scale. In such cases when someone truly cannot afford treatment, I will do what I can to make arrangements that are realistic for you.

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

My approach is geared toward change. Although the specific reason(s) people seek psychotherapy can vary considerably, two commonalities exist:

1) A lack of congruence (or logical connection) between how someone thinks [thought], feels [emotion] and/or acts [behavior], leaving them feeling stuck. For example, drug addicts and alcoholics may continue to use drugs or alcohol despite an understanding that it will result in problems and feelings of guilt and shame. As such, their behavior (drug/alcohol use) is not logically connected to their thoughts (understanding it will result in problems) or emotions (guilt and shame). Alternatively, they may think (thought) that they have the control to stop at the bar for “just one” despite having repeatedly done this and with the same result (e.g., “just one” turns into 20; behavior). A workaholic fears failure (thought & emotion) so they stress and overwork themselves (behavior) to the point of inefficiency, thereby increasing the likelihood of “failure”. Similarly, a depressed person may think (thought) life is boring and nobody cares about them, yet they spend much of their day isolated in their bed (behavior). In this case, it is easy to see how their thoughts (e.g., life is boring, nobody care about me) dictate their behavior (i.e., isolating) and emotions (i.e., sadness) and the self-perpetuating cycle where their isolative behavior reinforces their thoughts.  

2) A desire to enact some form of change in their live

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

Generally speaking, therapy is likely only one of several options you have. A competent psychologist will make you aware of options during your first session.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Other

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Teens, college students, adults, & families with reasons for seeking treatment related to anger management, violence, drug/alcohol use, defiance, depression, anxiety, PTSD. I also work with athletes and business professionals.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Batterer Intervention
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Biofeedback / Neurofeedback
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Neurofeedback
  • Psychodynamic
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Sport / Fitness Psychology

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