Hello! I‘m Jean, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California, with five years of counseling experience in public mental health. I primarily work with those that are experiencing crisis in their lives, including loss of relationship, career, housing, or health. I also worked in residential services with those that experienced hearing voices, seeing things that others may not, and had different belief systems that may cause them to feel misunderstood in their community at first. Mental health is often seen as a spectrum, from mild to moderate to severe, but I choose to see each person as having their own unique experience that is not defined by any metric. I’ve also been a support to those that have experienced mood disorders, with lows of depression and thoughts of death and a desire to self-harm as a release from pain, to highs where it is hard to sleep due to intense emotion and a desire to act quickly on plans swiftly made. Addiction is often something that is seen as separate from mental health, but in my work, they often went hand in hand. We worked together to achieve the stability that was often taken away by self-medicating with alcohol or drugs. Throughout my work, with all these different experiences, the most important piece was establishing a therapeutic alliance. That is to say, building a relationship of trust, authenticity, and agreed upon goals for our work together.
My counseling style is that of honesty and collaboration. You are the expert of your own life, but I hope to be a support, to help navigate difficulties that come up, or work through unresolved emotional wounds that build up over years. I utilize a variety of therapies, with an emphasis on skill building. Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is especially useful for when we feel our emotions can overpower us and help us to act, instead of react, creating greater confidence and trust in ourselves through mindful practices. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) constructs a way for us to become more aware of how our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors interact. We are sometimes hardest on ourselves, and our inner dialogue often reflects an underlying negativity as a result. Changing our self-talk to one more of positivity and self-compassion takes time and effort, but can also create lasting positive change in our lives.
It takes guts to reach out, to ask for help, never forget that this is the an achievement in itself to be celebrated. I hope to talk to you soon and see how I can best support your mental health at this time.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Self esteem
- Coping with life changes
- Compassion fatigue
Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Abandonment , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Emptiness , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Impulsivity , Isolation/Loneliness , Life Purpose , Mood Disorders , Paranoia , Personality Disorders , Self-Harm , Self-Love , Women's Issues Read more...
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
LCSW #91102 (Expires: 2023-08-31)
Great support for teens
Jean is the absolute best! Would recommend her to help with anyone.
She is a really good therapist highly recommend