As a clinical psychologist, I look at clients as individuals that grow and develop within a family unit, which influences and shapes his or her identity, beliefs, thoughts, emotions, and behavior. When it comes to how I view people in the therapy setting, I believe that although family is important in the way people feel and function, it does not determine how each individual chooses to think and behave. Each person has choices they are free to make over and over throughout each day, though sometimes people can get caught up in wondering what the best choices are for their life. Sometimes people can get trapped in a negative cycle of thinking and need help shifting their thoughts and cognition, which ultimately affect their feelings, mood and behaviors. That's where therapy comes in. An effective therapist can help a client move through their difficulties and come out the other side with the added tools and coping skills to take with them along their journey. As a Cognitive Behavior Therapist (CBT), I believe that the way someone thinks about themselves, others, the world around them, and their future, has a dramatic impact on their emotions and actions. It is important to accurately identify
the problems in therapy so they can be addressed effectively through empirically-validated treatment interventions. The issue at hand will impact which treatment interventions will be utilized. For example, a child struggling with anxiety or ADHD might benefit from a Mindfulness approach. A person with Depression or Anxiety might benefit from cognitive-based therapy and a child that is struggling with their emotions or behaviors might benefit from Play Therapy and Mindfulness. The art of therapy is connecting with clients on a deep and meaningful level while choosing specific therapeutic interventions that effectively target and treat the symptoms at hand. I can help clients feel better through developing a therapeutic treatment plan that adequately addresses the needs of the client while helping them achieve their goals of therapy.
I have a passion for helping the hurting. I have experience in helping therapy clients struggling with PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Behavioral Disorders, ADHD, Learning and Cognitive Disabilities, Marital Problems, Substance Abuse, Autism (Pervasive Developmental Disorders), and Personality Disorders. I use a variety of effective treatment modalities when counseling my clients such as CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy), Family Systems Approach, Mindfulness, Christian-Based Counseling, Play Therapy and Creative Art Therapy for children. I am here to help people see themselves for the wonderful people they are and to help them along their path of making decisions that will have a successful impact in their current life situations and future. In additional to therapeutic efforts, I also perform psychological assessments for a variety of reasons. Some clients need diagnostic clarification, while others are needing a pre-employment psychological evaluation. I also enjoy helping prospective adoptive families through the psychological assessment and testing process for the necessary adoption study, required for an international adoption.
During therapy, a counselor provides a safe environment or space for their clients to share their stories. As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), I do just that - I start by listening so I can gauge just how to help. Often times, stories are difficult to talk about, or are challenging to cope with. Regardless of the what clients share, I view each client with significance and unconditional positive regard.
The reason I believe in counseling is because there is a great power in being able to tell one’s story. There is so much that happens behind the scenes of a story, such as: how a person is feeling, what they are thinking, the things they do as a result of such thoughts and feelings, and also how the entire experience can influence or impact their lives. Sometimes these thoughts, feelings, and experiences can be overwhelming or bothersome, which may require clients to address or face their challenges. Counseling may help clients do this with the help and support of a mental health professional.
(MA, LPC, LCDC)
I come with an understanding that everyone’s situation is special and unique. My main goal is to listen with a purpose - to understand the person I am working with while supporting and helping them along their journey. Many of the clients I see are addressing stress, anxiety, depression, family issues, alcohol or substance use, grief and loss, post-traumatic stress, or adjustment issues. Whatever the reason for counseling, I try to meet client's where they are. I explore with clients their situation by using various, effective counseling methods. In session, I may use one of the following approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and/or Motivational Interviewing. Most importantly, I will be mindful and present for each individual throughout the counseling process. I believe everyone has the right to share their story, and I am ready to listen.
As a clinician, I look at each client as an individual part of a larger community that has the capacity to make the right decisions in their life. I pride myself in encouraging autonomy in each client’s choice, as I engage with them through the process. I truly believe the foundation for a healthy therapeutic relationship is being able to connect with clients and empathetically support them as they heal body, mind, soul, and spirit.
I provide counseling to clients ranging in ages from young children to elderly clients. I have helped clients who struggle with Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Behavioral Disorders, ADHD, Learning and Cognitive Disabilities, Marital Problems, Substance Abuse, Autism, and Personality Disorders. In addition, many of my clients have suffered from trauma in many different forms. I use a therapeutic inclusive approach, with the belief that the uniqueness of each person causes me to be open to different theories that complement the client’s issues. At times I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) because it focuses on examining the thought
(Jeannette Tappe, LPC-S)
process behind the root of emotions and resulting behaviors. I strongly believe each person has the ability to overcome life’s challenges. However, sometimes people need guidance to navigate the rough water and that is where a counselor can be helpful. I also provide psycho-educational group facilitation to veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression and Anxiety and at-risk-youth at an Equine Therapy Center. Working with horses help clients to see themselves and how they relate to others through relationships. As the therapist, I support the horses in the work that they do with the clients. I am honored to work along side each participant and see the transformation that happens as the client and horse develop a relationship. I also find Play Therapy very helpful when counseling children. It is a tool that helps build trust with the child as well as providing a unique way to get them to open up.
I find that clients are able to process their own stressful emotions when they learn and practice different coping skills. A helpful coping skill I teach regularly is mindfulness. I have found that mindfulness is beneficial for those suffering from Depression and Anxiety. Other clients may Reality Therapy, which helps clients see the world from a different perspective. Other therapy styles I use are Solution Focused, Client Centered, and occasionally I’ll help coach clients to solve everyday challenges. My therapy sessions are led by the goals that each client wants to accomplish through therapy. I strive to empower clients to focus on their strengths through self-efficacy and support them as they work to accomplish their goals in life.