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Couples Therapy

THERAPY

Is THRPY right for you?

Finding the right therapist is like finding the right hairdresser or the right mechanic. It may take a few different tries to find the right fit. While this is normal, I'd like to take a lot of the guessing game out of it for you. If you answer "yes" to any of the following questions, I believe I can help you:

  • Have you experienced a traumatic event that resulted in threatened death, injury, serious illness, or sexual violence?

  • You either experienced this event directly, witnessed it, or learned about it happening to a close friend/family member?

  • As a result, you struggle with negative thoughts about yourself, others, or the world around you?

If you answered "yes," you should be so proud of yourself for taking such a brave step towards your healing. Recovery is possible for you, and it may not be as difficult or take as long as you might think.

CPT

COGNITIVE PROCESSING THERAPY (CPT)

Have you experienced a traumatic event that resulted in threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence? Did you either experienced this event directly, witnessed it, or learned about it happening to a close friend/family member? As a result, do you struggle with negative thoughts about yourself, others, or the world around you?

These experiences can sometimes result in something called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). You may have heard this phrase before, but not fully understand how this plays out in behaviors in your every day life and in your relationships. Treatment for PTSD and trauma have come a long way and there is an Evidenced Based Treatment called Cognitive Processing Therapy, otherwise known as CPT.

For many survivors of trauma, the last thing they want to do is have to relive every detail of the experience. CPT is a different type of trauma therapy. As a trained provider in CPT, we do not focus on the details of "what" happened. Instead, we examine your beliefs about "why" it happened, and how the trauma(s) affected your beliefs about yourself, others, and the world around you. Additionally, it is not a long term therapy. The average therapy lasts 12 sessions on a weekly or twice weekly basis. 

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Click here to watch a helpful video from people like you who have completed CPT treatment for PTSD.

CBT

COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT) & MINDFULNESS APPROACH

Depression and anxiety can feel debilitating at times. Often by the time someone walks through my door, they have already tried everything to cope on their own and are feeling helpless. Part of my approach is to not only teach different skills to cope with the symptoms of depression and anxiety, but also provide education on what is actually happening inside of your brain. I like to explain the "why" behind the "what," which helps us better understand "how" we need to cope. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the premise that our thoughts are connected to our feelings, and our feelings are connected to our behaviors. In essence, if we want to change the way we act, we have to change the way we feel, and if we want to change the way we feel, we have to change the way we think. It all starts with our thoughts. As a fellow specialist in "over-thinking," I understand how difficult changing negative, unhelpful thoughts can be.  I can help you identify what your thinking styles are to learn ways to replace unhelpful thoughts with more positive, helpful, and balanced thoughts. 

"But Jenna, I need to just calm down! My heart is racing and I feel uneasy. Sometimes I even feel sick to my stomach with anxiety. Other times my mind is just racing and I can't get it to slow down." Listen, I hear ya! Sometimes before we can change our thoughts, we first have to slow them down. One way to do that is through mindfulness and relaxation. Mindfulness is simply being present in the here and now. I offer guided meditation exercises through deep breathing, guided imagery, and progressive muscle relaxation which can not only help you feel more relaxed, but can also help slow down those negative thoughts to start trying to replace them.

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PREPARE ENRCH

PREPARE/ENRICH

I am a Certified Facilitator for Prepare/Enrich and use this assessment for premarital counseling. Prepare/Enrich is the #1 trusted Premarital and Marriage assessment and is widely used and accepted globally. 

Upon scheduling for premarital counseling, I will meet with you both as a couple for a general assessment and get to know the two of you. After our first session, you will be given a link and code to take the Prepare & Enrich assessment individually. Once this is completed, I will schedule individual sessions with each of you and then we will reconvene for continued conjoint sessions. We will develop a set of goals to focus on together where I use both Prepare/Enrich interventions as well as The Gottman Method (see below) to help set you on a path towards success in your future marriage.

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GOTTMAN

THE GOTTMAN METHOD

I have completed Level 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and use Gottman Method heavily in my work with couples. These research based interventions are useful in helping married or long-term committed couples learn more healthy, effective ways to communicate, manage conflict, rediscover friendship within the relationship, and re-ignite romance and passion. 

The assessment phase includes a session with both you and your partner followed by individual sessions with each of you to get a well rounded understanding of the areas you'd like to address in therapy. Prior to your individual sessions, you will be asked to take a questionnaire that assess the strengths and areas for growth in your relationship. The assessment is only $39 per each couple. Afterwards, I will meet with both of you again and we will discuss a "roadmap" with recommendations of what will be the best course to take for you as a couple.

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CHRISTIAN BASED COUNSELING

Fait Based

When going through a difficult, trying, or even heartbreaking season of life, there are many questions that may come to mind: "Why, God? Why did you let this happen? Why haven't I been healed of [this] yet? Are you still there? Do you still love me? How could you still love me after everything I've done?"

I have also found myself asking those questions during different stages of my life. I used to feel like a "bad Christian" for asking God so many tough questions. However, in asking these questions I realized that God is not intimidated by them. In fact, all throughout scripture, God is actually the one asking most of the questions. He invites us to ask as well. 

God is not intimidated by your tough questions. No matter what you may be facing right now, no matter how many times you may have doubted Him, walked away from your faith, or have asked, "Why," God can handle it. I once heard it said that, "God can do real, He just can't do fake." In our sessions, I want to not only create a safe space for you to express where you are at in your faith, but a brave space to ask those tough questions. While I won't have the answers, I am here to provide a space for you to ask the questions, to process, to pray, and through this help to deepen your relationship with Christ. The real you is welcome here.

Praying Together
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