Welcome to Well Acquainted … a weekly series dedicated to the amazing clinicians at Well Clinic
This week, we’re featuring a Q&A session with Jay Reid, a Professional Clinical Counselor Intern (PCCI) at Well Clinic.
Where did you grow up?
I was an Army brat until age 12, so we moved around a lot throughout the U.S. I spent some time in the South, Kansas, Virginia, NYC, Southern California, and finally the suburbs of Philadelphia.
What is your favorite part of your work?
Seeing clients develop more empathy for themselves. This usually results in a lot of other good changes like taking their own needs seriously, protecting themselves when necessary, and feeling more connected to others.
What is your favorite thing about San Francisco?
The outdoors. I like to mountain bike, and there are so many incredible trails and scenery north and south of the city.
What is your favorite place you’ve ever been?
Tamarindo in Costa Rica. The waves were perfect and warm, the people extremely friendly, and I got to boogie-board for several days.
In your free time, what are you most likely doing?
Mountain biking with friends.
Where was your last vacation?
Whistler in British Columbia to mountain bike.
What was your career before becoming a mental health practitioner?
I worked as data scientist or statistician for about ten years before returning to this field. I actually still work part-time in that capacity.
What is your favorite sports team?
Philadelphia Eagles. Still no Super Bowl titles, but we begrudgingly keep hope alive.
What is your favorite food?
Little Star Pizza.
What is your favorite book?
Although the subject matter is pretty sordid, I think “Lolita” is the most amazing prose I’ve ever read.
What is your favorite movie?
Describe one of your first few jobs.
I worked at a car wash from junior high through summers in college. It wasn’t much like the Dr. Dre/Snoop Dogg vehicle, but I made some good friends and the work wasn’t too bad: drying off nearly dry cars for a tip of a couple bucks.
What made you want to become a mental health practitioner?
I really like connecting with people and understanding how they have come to see the world the way they do. It is very rewarding to help someone feel deeply understood so that they can feel less alone in their experience and empowered to make the changes they want to make.
What makes Well Clinic different?
I think therapists at Well Clinic see this profession as their calling. There is a deep commitment to the welfare of our clients and we are constantly working together to deliver the best possible quality of service to them. It’s a special place, in my opinion.
Learn more about Jay’s professional background as a Professional Clinical Counselor Intern (PCCI) at Well Clinic