Hi! I’m Jeanette. Here’s a little bit about myself in order to see if I would be a good fit for you and/or your child. First, the professional stuff: I’m a licensed professional counselor in Colorado with over a decade of experience in the mental health field. I primarily focus on counseling for children (ages 4 and up) and teenagers, as well as families of all shapes and sizes. I utilize play therapy techniques with my child clients, and parents are always a part of the work we do. For my teen and adult clients, I practice mainly from Solution Focused and Cognitive Behavioral standpoints which emphasize the client’s innate ability to change and grow. I have worked extensively with survivors of trauma, and am trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy. I am very passionate about physical activity and the importance of integrating it into everyone’s daily routine, including during therapy sessions. I also deeply value the bond between humans and animals, particularly in my trauma-focused work. In addition to my experience in providing individual, family, and group therapy, I have a special expertise in providing diagnostic mental health evaluations and assessments, including those for the court system and in emergency or crisis situations. A common example of this would be the court-ordered mental health evaluations (for parents and children) often required in custody cases. Having completed many of these, I understand what is required by the courts and can provide a thorough evaluation for the client to submit to their attorney or judge. In addition, my background has included specific training in administering and scoring various mental health measures (tests) such as brief IQ testing for adults and children ages 4 and up. I can administer these as part of our therapeutic work, or as part of a consultation or evaluation.
Now for the personal stuff: I am the married mom of three great kids ranging in age from infancy to middle school. As a parent, I absolutely understand the stress as well as the reward that comes with raising little ones in today’s crazy world. In my spare time (haha) I love hiking these gorgeous foothills with my two beloved old pups, Andy and Lando. CrossFit is also been a big part of my family’s life and is my main stress reliever. I’ve lived in Arvada for the past 10 years and, while I’m not a native, I definitely consider Colorado home.
I love my work, and I think that my enthusiasm for what I do comes out when I’m with clients. If you are looking for a experienced, high energy therapist who won’t hesitate to crack a joke and has a pretty good track record of engaging teens who “hate therapy,” I might be a great fit!