Jim Struve Vitae




Services for Clients and Professionals

I offer therapy services for clients, supervision and consultation services to therapists and mental health professionals, and educational and training programs for professional and lay audiences.

My approach to psychotherapy is grounded in a deep respect for the therapeutic relationship, with careful attention to bringing mindful presence into each moment. Drawing from a variety of clinical tools, I seek to build a safe and caring therapeutic environment that allows flexibility for exploring the individual needs that each client brings to his or her therapeutic journey

I honor the significance of your decision to enter psychotherapy, whatever the path that has supported you in taking this step. There may be a particular incident or life circumstance that is causing you emotional distress and perhaps you are seeking guidance to find your way thru your difficulties. You may be seeking help to address unresolved trauma or relationship concerns. You may be in a period of life transition because of developmental, spiritual, or life-changing events and need support or challenge. Psychotherapy can help you find your authentic self, reveal your inner truth, and foster the wisdom, compassion, and healing that is necessary to increase your experience of congruence with your personal and vocational worlds.

I specialize in working with ADULTS and YOUNG ADULTS who are dealing with issues related to life transitions, strengthening relationships, fostering resilience, healing from sexual and physical trauma and neglect (including male survivors of sexual abuse), addictions recovery, sexual identity, empowerment. I work with clients who seek support in their addictions recovery as well as with clients who want to address dissociative and borderline symptoms. I also work with COUPLES of any sexual orientation that are grappling with addiction recovery, survivor issues, parenting concerns, or relationship enhancement. In addition, I conduct GROUPS and WEEKEND RETREATS for male survivors of sexual abuse.

I provide CLINICAL SUPERVISION AND CONSULTATION FOR PSYCHOTHERAPISTS who want to integrate mindfulness and use of self into their clinical work. I seek to enhance the ability of mental health clinicians to form collaborative therapeutic relationships with their clients by exploring the intersection of personal realization, spiritual growth, therapeutic boundaries, and professional ethics/integrity.

I regularly conduct WORKSHOPS AND CLINICAL TRAININGS on a variety of topics, including Mindful Presence in Psychotherapy™, self care of the therapist, male survivors of sexual abuse, men's issues, working with Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer (GLBTQ) clients, and working with clients with dissociative and borderline symptoms.

I am often requested as a PUBLIC SPEAKER for community programs or panels on a range of mental health topics, such as sexual violence, sexual abuse of males, gender identity, GLBTQ issues, and social justice.

I particularly enjoy integrating therapeutic work with an appreciation for the natural world. I sometimes design clinical activities that allow opportunities to WORK WITH CLIENTS IN OUTDOOR THERAPEUTIC SETTINGS.

No matter what your life issue or your field of work, I strive to help you achieve congruence between your vocational or professional work and the personal aspects of your life. By doing so, I hope that your participation in psychotherapy can deepen your enjoyment for life, enhance your connection to your soulful energy, validate your authentic self, and expand your ability to build relationships that nurture community within and across cultures.

I have been working in the field of Social Work for 39 years and in Private Practice for 32 years. I have a multi-varied work experience, serving in a wide range of treatment, supervisory, and administrative roles in a variety of clinical treatment settings. For more comprehensive biographical information about my training and background, check out the ABOUT JIM menu section of this website.

My office is located in the Liberty Park area of Salt Lake City, Utah. Please call 385-355-0965 if you have any question, to schedule an appointment, or for referrals or resources.

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Client Issues

  • Addiction recovery
  • Dissociative disorders (including Dissociative Identity Disorder)
  • Gender Identity (including transgender)
  • Conflict resolution
  • Fostering resilience
  • Healthy life choices
  • Parenting
  • Relationship enhancement (including issues such as intimacy, assertiveness, identity, gender, self-esteem, and sexuality)
  • Sexuality and Sexual Orientation
  • Trauma (including male and female survivors of sexual victimization)
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Professional Background

  • 1970 – mid-1975: Founder & Director - Center for Conflict Resolution, Madison, WI
  • Fall 1975: Visiting Faculty & Administrative Assistant - Peace & Conflict Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1976 until 1986: Staff member in a variety of agency settings:
    •      1976 – 1980: Caseworker - Emergency Services Unit, Child Protective Services, Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services, Atlanta, GA
    •      1980 – 1982: Social Worker - Southern Christian Children's Home, Atlanta, GA
    •      1982 – 1984: Social Worker - CPC Parkwood Psychiatric Hospital, Atlanta, GA
    •      1984 – 1986 Director of Social Services - CPC Parkwood Psychiatric Hospital, Atlanta, GA
    •      1986 – 1988 Director of Social Services - Ridgeview Institute (Psychiatric & Chemical Dependency Treatment), Atlanta, GA
  • 1981 – 1988: Part-time private practice, Atlanta, GA
  • 1988 – Present: Workshop Trainer, Variety of Topics, including: male survivors or sexual abuse, mindfulness, dissociation, LGBT issues
  • 1988 – 2003: Founding partner and full-time private practice, Metropolitan Psychotherapy Associates, Atlanta, GA
  • 2003 – Present: Full-time private practice, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 2003 – Present: Facilitator Team - MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery
  • 2010 – Present: Co-Chair - MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery
  • Winter/Spring 2014: Visiting Faculty – Trauma Seminar, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT
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Community Service

  • 1971 – 1973: Executive Committee - Consortium on Peace Research, Education, & Development, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
  • 1988 – 1989: Board of Directors - Men Stopping Violence, Atlanta, GA
  • 1988 – 1989 Chairperson - Georgia Council on Child Abuse Advisory Committee, Atlanta, GA
  • 1997 – 2000: Chairperson - Atlanta Psychotherapy Guild, Membership Directory Committee, Atlanta, GA
  • 1999 – 2000: Co-President, Board of Directors – Atlanta Psychotherapy Guild, Atlanta, GA
  • 1995 – 2003: Faculty - Metropolitan Counseling Services, Atlanta, GA
  • 2000 – 2002: Administrative Director - Metropolitan Counseling Services, Atlanta, GA
  • 1997 – 2003: Board of Directors - Positive Impact, Atlanta, GA
  • 2001 – 2003: President, Board of Directors - Positive Impact, Atlanta, GA
  • 2004 – 2010: Ski Ranger - Cottonwood Canyons Foundation, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 2004 – Present: Founding Member & Coordinator - LGBTQ Affirmative Psychotherapists Guild of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 2013 – Present: Founding Member, Reconciliation & Growth Project, Salt Lake City, UT

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Awards

  • May, 1975: Community Services Award - Women's International League of Peace & Freedom, Madison, WI
  • December, 1987: Community Services Award, Ridgeview Institute, Atlanta, GA
  • March, 2010: Richard Gartner Outstanding Clinical Services Award, International MaleSurvivor Conference, New York City, NY
  • September, 2013: Outstanding Community Contribution Award, SAGE Organization, Salt Lake City, UT
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Male Survivor Resources

  • 1989: Chairperson - International Conference, "The Male Survivor: Assessment & Treatment of the Male Survivor of Sexual Abuse" Atlanta, GA
  • 1989 – 1997: Clinical Supervisor & Workshop Trainer - Georgia Council on Child Abuse, Atlanta, GA
  • 1992: Founding Board Member - National Organization On Male Sexual Victimization (now MaleSurvivor.org), Washington, DC
  • 1992 – 1997: Board of Directors - National Organization On Male Sexual Victimization (now MaleSurvivor.org), Washington, DC
  • 1992 – 1993: Chairperson, Board of Directors - National Organization On Male Sexual Victimization (now MaleSurvivor.org) Washington, DC
  • 2003 – Present: Facilitator Team & Workshop Trainer - Male Survivor Weekends of Recovery, New York City, NY
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Publications

  • 1990: "Dancing With The Patriarchy: The Politics of Sexual Abuse", in: Hunter, Mic (Ed.). The Sexually Abused Male, Volume 1: Prevalence, Impact, & Treatment. Lexington Books: Lexington, MA
  • 1997: The Ethical Use of Touch in Psychotherapy, co-author with Mic Hunter, Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, CA
  • 2016: Forth-coming Chapter: "Strategies for Empowering Survivors to Build a Healthy Support Network," co-author with Howard Fradkin, In: Boys and Men Betrayed: Understanding the Trauma of Sexual Abuse and Assault – Edited by Richard Gartner, Routledge Publications, New York, NY
  • 2016: Forth-coming Chapter: "Unpeeling the Layers of Sexual Trauma for Gay, Bisexual, and Queer/Questioning Male Survivors," co-author with Howard Fradkin, In: Boys and Men Betrayed: Understanding the Trauma of Sexual Abuse and Assault – Edited by Richard Gartner, Routledge Publications, New York, NY
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