#23 – Clinical Psychologist, Couple and Family Therapist Jensen Young

Jensen Young is a Clinical Psychologist, Couple and Family Therapist.  He currently works in his private practice Jensen Young Psychology & Family Therapy where he offers experience and support to individuals, couples and families with the aim of providing a quality service to reduce individual suffering and facilitate relationship change.   Jensen also lectures in postgraduate programs at Macquarie University and the Institute of Family Practice.

Jensen began his career as a youth worker and counsellor working for NGO’s before deciding to complete his Master of Clinical Psychology.  He is trained in the Post Milan Family Therapy Approach.

Jensen is the recipient of several psychology and counselling tertiary scholarships, including the 2010 Attorney General's Scholarship for the Vocational Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution. To acknowledge his extensive clinical experience gained through work and education, the Institute of Family Practice awarded him the Graduate Diploma of Couple & Family Counselling via its Recognition of Prior Learning Pathway.

If you're keen to learn more about systems theory and working with families and couples this is the interview for you.

Stay tuned to find out what Jensen believes Nic Kyrgios, a 20 year old Australian professional tennis player ranked 27th in the world, known for his egocentric, egotistical and loud demeanour, can teach us about family dynamics, and the amygdala!

Lets see how we all wear it differently with Jensen Young

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Jensen's Self-Care Tip

The way that I schedule my sessions!  Never back to back.  Ideally 30mins between each session.

The reasons for this is, it's not the clinical content that's stressful it's keeping to time.  You're talking to someone and they're sharing their deepest pains and when you're looking at the clock and you're feeling anxious because 1) you know your coming across as rushed and so that feels awfully invalidating so you feel awful for that and 2) you have another couple in the waiting room who have equal pains that they want to talk about.  So that's stressful.  So whilst it means your slightly less time effective, it's just not worth the stress.

So this is my daily self-care.  3o mins between each session so you don't get stressed, and its working out a treat.   It means you see 1 or 2 less clients but if you're going to do this for the rest of your life you've got to structure it in a way that's sustainable, and it works!


Leave me or Jensen a comment or some feedback about this episode in the comments section. I’ll respond to everyone!

Amy Felman


  1. Jacqueline on March 28, 2016 at 2:09 am

    Jensen, I would love to know whether you can recommend a couple therapist/s (who shares your modality) in the Brisbane area
    Thank you in advance.

    • Amy Felman on April 1, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      Hi Jacqueline,
      Thanks for the contact. I’ve passed this on to Jensen so i’ll let you know when he responds.

    • Amy Felman on April 1, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      Hi Jacqueline,

      Jensen said this “Please send my apologies to your listener I don’t know anyone up in Brisbane. Please tell her that post milan Training is a very common type of family therapy training so if she finds a couples therapist with proper systemic training there’s a high chance they would have been trained in post Milan.”

      Good luck,


  2. Louise Butler on May 18, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    A very enlightening podcast Jens! I intend to take on your tip about leaving 30mins between client sessions as well. Stay in touch. Lou

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