Greetings! My name is Jane, and I am happy to join this terrific group of counselors at Lighthouse Counseling Services.
I am a state-licensed Professional Counselor who strives to create a therapeutic alliance with my clients through a conversational and collaborative style of therapy. I operated from the assumption that anyone who wants and works toward positive changes in their life can achieve them. I assist clients in recognizing and deepening their inner knowledge, wisdom, and strengths to overcome a wide variety of uncomfortable behaviors.
I have experience in providing mental health counseling to women, men, children, and caretakers from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. I have worked with individuals who struggle with emotional and behavioral problems, depression, anxiety, stress management, life adjustment issues, PTSD, TBI, ADHD, grief/loss, and learning disabilities.
My approach to treatment is strength based and holistic with special emphasis on cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, and mindfulness theoretical models. I help clients understand and describe their distress and identify their treatment goals. I then work in alliance with clients in pursuit of these goals. There is nothing that gives me greater satisfaction than effectively helping clients recognize their unique strengths and gain confidence as they achieve their goals.
Most recently, I specialized in working with individuals with mental and/or physical disabilities with a focus on career/guidance counseling with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. I have been a counselor at The Women’s Center in Waukesha, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and at Crossroads Counseling Center in Janesville. In addition to one-on-one counseling, I have experience in conducting skill-building workshops and interactive support groups at Waukesha County Technical College.
I am a National Certified Counselor, a member of the American Counseling Association, and I have a certificate in advance motivational interviewing training. I have an MS in Community Counseling from UW-Whitewater, a MA in Urban Affairs from St. Louis University, and a BA in Communication Arts from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Please contact me if you would like to chat and see if we would work well together in addressing any of your concerns. It would be a pleasure to build an alliance, joining you in your journey of self-discovery.