Licensed Psychotherapist


Jacqueline Nates is a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice that has an all-encompassing approach in which she is thoroughly committed to helping people live the life they have always wanted. What makes Jacqueline’s approach to therapy so unique is that she not only focuses on traditional psychotherapy, she also has a deep passion for helping clients on the path to healing from chronic pain conditions through a method known as TMS (Tension Myositis Syndrome) therapy. She is not only a therapist that practices TMS, she herself has been through a long personal journey fighting debilitating pain.

She underwent two major spine surgeries yet was still struggling with chronic pain. At that time, she believed the pain was solely linked to the structural problems that doctors told her she had in her spine. She lived in pain for years until she found the teachings and theories of Dr. John Sarno, who was the founder of TMS. Through this specialized therapy and hard work, Jacqueline is now living pain free. Her passion is to pass this knowledge along to other people who may have given up hope and are living in chronic pain. Through this work, you too can rid yourself of pain, and she is living proof of that.

Jacqueline worked for 7 years at the prestigious UCLA Ronald Raegan outpatient clinic as a staff psychotherapist. During this time, she treated UCLA university students with a specialization in both psychodynamic theory and the Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) program. This experience and in-depth extensive training provided her with the skills and understanding to work with a diverse demographic population. She has clinical expertise focused on the treatment of anxiety, borderline personality disorder, depression, eating disorders, LGBTQ + issues, self-harming behaviors, substance abuse problems, and trauma. She continues to treat her clients using these psychotherapy methods and has now broadened her practice to include TMS therapy.

Jacqueline has a master’s in clinical psychology from Antioch University. She attended a year long certificate program in the treatment of Eating Disorders at the Los Angeles Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies and holds a bachelor’s in communication from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

TMS (Tension Myositis Syndrome) Therapy

Jacqueline’s practice focuses on the mind and body as a whole. The emphasis is on the treatment of chronic pain; however it manifests itself in the body.

Dr. Sarno was a physician at the Howard A. Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation at NYU Medical Center. He believed that TMS was a psychological condition that causes real physical symptoms in the body. These symptoms can be very wide ranging – including chronic back pain, gastrointestinal problems, fibromyalgia, IBS, joint pain, anxiety and depression, pelvic pain, migraines, etc. These conditions and symptoms are often not caused by any other medical condition and often are unexplainable.

The principal concept of TMS is that when physical symptoms are present there is a strong likelihood that the patient is suffering from repressed emotions that one is not aware of. The pain and symptoms are in fact very real, but the underlying cause why one is suffering chronic pain is not necessarily due to structural abnormalities in the body but is frequently TMS.

All forms of psychological stressors over time can begin to cause real physical symptoms. What may have started as minor and mild symptoms can turn into a chronically debilitating issue. By repressing emotions over time, one can and will cause stress induced illness in the body.

Dr. Sarno believed that all these stressors and repressed emotions could trigger one’s brain and nervous system, which in turn could eventually inhibit blood flow to tissues, nerves and muscles. If blood is not carrying the necessary amount of oxygen, pain can ensue in all different ways and all over the body. That is, at its core, Tension Myositis Syndrome.

Jacqueline’s mission, through TMS therapy, is to help you heal your chronic pain symptoms and be on your way to living your life with complete freedom again. She understands what it takes to get there and can help guide you on that path. Through the use of various methods, including journal writing along with a combination of psychotherapy and meditation, you can create a path to being pain free.


We all experience difficult times in our lives. Sometimes dealing with it on your own or talking to friends and family doesn’t seem to solve the underlying problem. Rather, it may be more helpful to get support from an unbiased professional who can help you through whatever specific challenges you are facing. Whether you are in the midst of a crisis, feel stuck, depressed or anxious, or going through a divorce or breakup, working with a skilled therapist can help you better understand yourself. This in turn can lead to greater clarity and allow you to make more positive life decisions.

Aside from treating chronic pain conditions, Jacqueline was originally trained in psychodynamic theory and practice from the esteemed psychodynamic training institute, The Maple Counseling Center. This type of therapy helps people gain greater self-awareness and understanding of one’s past and how this shapes a person’s patterns in relationships and present behavior.

Her goal as a psychotherapist is to help you better understand yourself by developing insight into your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in a safe and supportive environment. Being able to identify unhealthy patterns will allow you to find the answers that can help facilitate significant and positive changes in your life.

Jacqueline is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in helping adults, adolescents, and couples and has expertise in the following treatment areas:

Anxiety & Depression

Borderline Personality Disorder

Chronic Pain

Eating Disorders

Grief and Loss

LGBTQ + Affirmative

Low Self-Esteem

Relationship & Intimacy Issues

Substance Abuse

Trauma and PTSD

Work-Related Stress

Mind-Body Wellness Coaching

Sometimes one’s critical thoughts, feelings, and beliefs can have a truly negative effect on one’s physical well-being. To put it another way, having unhealthy thoughts in the mind can in turn lead to negative consequences in the body and into one’s life in general.

Jacqueline provides mind-body coaching for individuals in a one on one setting for people who are looking to bring balance and positivity into their lives. In these targeted coaching sessions, Jacqueline will work with you on creating building blocks to help you become the best version of yourself and live pain free.

Jacqueline works with you to develop life skills and core values that will allow you to unlock the ability to tackle struggles you may be dealing with. Some of these areas in which Jacqueline’s Mind-Body Wellness Coaching can help you create balance and success include:

Chronic Pain, Fatigue and TMS Related Conditions

Anxiety and Fear Obstacles

Relationship Obstacles

Career Oriented Obstacles

Next Steps

Payment for all therapy services are due at the start of each session. Fees may be reimbursed to you in part by your health care plan, however this office does not participate in health care plans. The amount of reimbursement will be dependent upon your specific benefits of your network provider. Our office can provide you with a superbill to submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement. Please check with your provider for your out-of-network benefits.

TMS Therapy

50 Minute Session
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50 Minute Session
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Mind-Body Wellness Coaching is separate from psychotherapy and is not covered by health care plans.
Mind-Body Wellness Coaching

Individual and Monthly Packages Available
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All sessions will remain virtual during the pandemic. Regular in person sessions shall resume as soon as it is fully safe to do so.

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