Jocelyn Patterson

(MPS, LMHC, ATR)

About Me

Welcome!
I am a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida (LMHC). I also currently have a provisional credential in Art Therapy (ATR-Provisional) as I complete the application process. I have a BA in Experimental Psychology with a minor in Counseling and a MPS (Master of Professional Studies) in Art Therapy and Creativity Development. I have experience working with detox/addiction, life transitions and anger-management. Mostly, I've developed an expertise in coping mechanisms through my current work. Therapy and counseling should be a judgement-free zone! My experience working with those using sexualized coping has allowed for expansive knowledge and understanding of topics we can often find 'embarrassing'. Transitions during adolescence can often feel embarrassing, despite the shared experiences amongst so many people! I find myself to be a person-centered therapist who tries to assess what methods best suit each client, individually. My methods are wide spread, as I have experience working with cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and Art Therapy practices.
My background in Art Therapy offers new perspectives into the therapeutic environment. Because we use verbal and written language to communicate on a daily basis, using a creative modality to communicate can eliminate pressure and fear of judgement. Creating something visual offers deeper insight for both the client and counselor. Sometimes, we can't find the exact right words to describe how we're feeling or what we're going through. Sometimes, we just need a place to unload all the gunk we shouldn't be carrying with us throughout our days. Plus, making art is enjoyable! This goes along with my motto of making progress fun! Using visual expression can help to unblock and clear the way for the good stuff.
Counseling and/or therapy should be the client's process. I like to create an environment where we are working together in an effort to meet the goals you have established, and creating a trusting therapeutic relationship. My role is to help guide you toward some insights about what's at the root of how you're feeling, not to give you the answers. That way, you can make informed/educated decisions about what will be the best choices, and be able to make similar decisions more confidently later on.
Learn more about Art Therapy practices we can use in session on instagram @paintyourprogress
I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

  • Trauma and abuse
  • Anger management
  • Self esteem
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Coping with life changes , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Guilt and Shame , Impulsivity , Self-Harm , Sex Addiction , Sexual Assault and Abuse

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT)

Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMHC #17274 (Expires: 2021-03-31)


Reviews

Written by S.H. on Sep 21, 2020 after counseling with Jocelyn for 4 months

Jocelyn is a wonderful counselor, she made my daughter feel comfortable and was always available. Thank you

Written by K.I. on Aug 18, 2020 after counseling with Jocelyn for 3 weeks

Jocelyn is easy to talk to, warm and friendly, and responds quickly to texts. My teen is enjoying working with her and appreciates the creative approach she offers. Thank you, Jocelyn!

Written by A.L. on May 18, 2020 after counseling with Jocelyn for 1 month

Very responsive!

Written by S.C. on May 05, 2020 after counseling with Jocelyn for 2 months

Jocelyn has been very good for me. I appreciate her ability to listen and offer advice

Written by S.E. on May 04, 2020 after counseling with Jocelyn for 2 weeks on issues concerning self esteem

Great listener and makes it easier to open up.

Written by J.A. on Feb 19, 2020 after counseling with Jocelyn for 2 weeks

In the few sessions I’ve done with Jocelyn she’s been very supportive and helpful in my needs. Anytime I need anything she has a quick response. First time using this service and I didn’t think I’d feel comfortable but Jocelyn makes it feel at ease. I definitely recommend this service and her as a counselor. Best choice I’ve made, it’s very convenient.