Jake is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a National Certified Counselor, and Chief Clinical Officer of Zephyr Wellness, which he co-owns. He is also a lifelong firearms owner and Second Amendment supporter, which makes Jake uniquely positioned to help bridge the gap and eliminate the suspicion between gun culture and mental health culture. He formerly chaired his profession’s licensing board in Nevada and authored multiple pieces of legislation to help advance the practice of mental health in that state. He also believes that Red Flag Laws are ineffective, unconstitutional, and only serve to keep people away from treatment.
As a clinician and small business owner, Jake understands the need to work the mental health community toward a more comprehensive understanding of the firearms community while helping gun owners maintain their own mental well-being without fear or stigma. His deep roots in the profession are helping Walk the Talk America deliver the education and training needed to break down the judgment between cultures and without legislation.
Across the counseling field, Jake has helped people struggling with all types of issues and has been trained in a variety of methodologies and theories. Prior to founding Zephyr Wellness, he gained experience working for six different mental health agencies, three colleges, two school districts, Washoe County Adult Drug Court, and a psychiatric inpatient hospital. He has done work in-home and in-office in both rural and urban communities, and he enjoys teaching, consulting, supervising, and training as much as he does one-on-one psychotherapy.
How Jake got involved with WTTA
In this video, Jake introduces himself and talks a little bit about how he got involved with WTTA. Learn a little more about why he feels passionate about WTTA’s mission.