about the author
Damon L. Jacobs is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist in New York and California. His work in group settings has allowed him to develop comprehensive and effective tools for reducing stress and depression while increasing peace and happiness. His ideas uniquely combine his passion for psychological principles, progressive social theories, spiritual perspectives, and media critiques. His writing brings these elements together in fresh ways in order to challenge and eliminate harmful "shoulds."
Damon started working in the mental health field in 1997. He quickly found that the traditional models of psychotherapy failed to meet the complex needs of a diverse society. He realized that culture and political rights were significant factors in one's values and thought patterns, and sought to understand how these factors could be utilized to promote wellness. Inspired by the works of Albert Ellis, Marianne Williamson, Byron Katie, and Margaret Cho, he developed ideas of how challenging assumed "shoulds" could assist in promoting mental and spiritual health. After years of applying these ideas to himself and to his clientele, he decided to write Absolutely Should-less to benefit others.
Born and raised in Culver City, California, Damon received his B.A in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his M.A. in Psychology from New College of California, San Francisco. He moved to New York City in 2005, and lives in Brooklyn. He currently maintains his private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan. To discuss making a therapy appointment, or have Damon speak at your event, please contact him directly at Shouldless@gmail.com or 347-227-7707.