Jason Gerig, LCSW (he/him/his) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Chicago. He received his Master of Social Work from the University of Kansas and undergraduate degree in social work from Eastern Mennonite University. For 15 years he has supported adults in multiple mental health settings through challenges and transitions. Jason’s training and experience includes issues of depression, anxiety, self-esteem and trauma. He is particularly interested in supporting folks in the LGBTQIA+ community, including those who have experienced religion-based shame or trauma.
Jason’s approach is person-centered and strengths based. He strives to create a warm, supportive space in which clients can discuss their hopes and struggles and be heard. He consistently reflects strengths back to clients in order to help them both remember and believe them. Jason works with clients to identify goals and develop strategies for reaching them, to explore how thoughts relate to actions and to unpack the impact of trauma. He also works to emphasize the importance of human connection and believes the therapeutic relationship can be an effective starting point and model.
Jason’s work and training acknowledge the impact of systems on people. Systems perpetuate oppression and cultural messages of inadequacy and hate can impact our day to day lives. Jason’s work with individuals acknowledges this impact and focuses on liberation, seeking ways to both carry on and create systemic change. He is committed to supporting folks working for social justice during this period of great difficulty.
Jason has been an adjunct instructor at Fordham University since 2018, teaching courses on incorporating human rights and social justice into social work practice and policy. In his free time he enjoys running, baking, theme parks, watching classic sitcoms with his husband and frequent board game nights.