Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
Jackie believes that the counseling process offers clients an opportunity to initiate change through increased awareness and connection to the Self. This is accomplished by recognizing patterns and beliefs that contribute to feeling disconnected or confused, and are often linked to past experiences. Her therapy approach is holistic and centers around the belief in our innate ability to heal through any life trauma or hardships we encounter.
Depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, stress, substance abuse, and life changes are just a few of the issues Jackie frequently treats. Jackie helps clients become aware of the mind-body-heart connection that exists within them, allowing them to adopt new perspectives and behaviors that best support their growth and healing. She invites clients to explore life issues using psychotherapy and expressive techniques, such as Sand Tray, to tap into their own inner wisdom and power.
Jackie works with clients of all ages and caters her therapeutic style and theory to each client. She frequently uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Brief Solution Focused Therapy. She also considers herself an LGBTQ friendly therapist.
She has a special interest in working with children and families who are needing support managing anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, and behavioral issues. She uses play therapy to help bring light to these issues in gentle ways that allow for insight and growth to occur. Play is the natural language of children and therefore the way that they are able to make sense of their worlds and work in a therapeutic way.
Some of Jackie’s experiences includes working behaviorally with at-risk children and adolescents living in temporary housing to improve their self-regulation and coping ability. Jackie facilitated groups to help them express their emotions in safe and creative ways through art and guided imagery. She also has worked with children and families to gently process grief and loss through the process of experiential art groups.
Jackie received a Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida, and a Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling, at Rollins College. She has also completed a Master’s Certificate of Play Therapy, at the University of Central Florida. Jackie is a Florida State Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern.
In her free time, she enjoys simply hanging out with her family. She loves
spending time in nature, reading, and yoga.