Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and the owner of Exploration Counseling. My passion is working with adults and children who have experienced trauma and who are experiencing anxiety, depression, and life transitions/stressors. I earned my Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University, and my Bachelors degree in Psychology from Mary Baldwin University.
In every session I take a trauma informed perspective, meaning I look at things from a whole picture perspective - present and past- to best help you. I have training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Internal Family Systems (IFS), which are both evidenced based treatment modalities for trauma. For children under 12 years of age I utilize Play Therapy to help them express and/or communicate their feelings.
I know it can feel daunting finding the right therapist, but my goal is to provide a safe and trusting environment where you can express yourself authentically and grow. I believe that everyone has the inner strength and resources to heal themselves, and I guide my clients through this process to promote healing and change. Together we will work to overcome obstacles and challenges that you, or your child, are currently experiencing or have experienced in the past.
I welcome clients of all sexual, gender, spiritual, and religious orientations.
The Unofficial Stuff
First and foremost I am Me. Then: I am a wife, dog mom, daughter, sister, friend, and aunt. I enjoy being with my family and friends, playing with my two year old Goldendoodle, Mardi, and baking. I think it's important to bust the "traditional therapy" mold and really connect with my clients. Meaning, I will talk to you like a real person, not a clinical robot. My promise to you is that we will work together and we will walk through this together.
I am in network with Anthem and am an out of network provider for Tricare. My out of network rate is 190.00 per session
Welcome! I am a Licensed Resident in Counseling who entered the field after many years working in healthcare. I find purpose in the real and meaningful conversations during life’s most significant events or deepest questions. I am genuine, compassionate, and non-judgmental. Often, we suffer because the life we pictured is not the life we have. This does not mean that our life doesn’t have beauty, meaning, and significance just as it is. Some of our greatest challenges move us towards our greatest growth and give us purpose. I have a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from George Mason University, a Master’s degree in Family Nurse Practitioner from Georgetown University, a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor’s in Biology from Bucknell University. I believe that the integration of the mind and body is necessary for a healthy being.
I have worked with children, adolescents, young adults, and adults in hospital and outpatient settings and with clients experiencing both acute and chronic mental or physical health concerns. I have a passion for working with those who are experiencing mood disorders/ depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic illness, chronic pain, grief, infertility, post-partum issues, stress management, weight or body image concerns, and life transitions. I utilize trauma-informed care and a person-centered approach with clients.
Together, we will work on acceptance, self-discovery, self-compassion, collaborative change, and examine patterns that aren’t working anymore. I believe clients are the experts on themselves and often already know what they need, but just need help getting there. I can’t wait to meet you!
I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), and have training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and am IFS (Internal Family Systems) informed.
I love spending time with my husband and sons, friends, and Boston terrier, Georgie. I enjoy spending time outdoors, hiking, practicing yoga, traveling, live music and cover bands, learning about lifestyle medicine, and exploring meditation. I pride myself on being easy to talk to and providing a safe space for my clients.
Jackie is under supervision from Hilary Therit, LPC (0701008595)
Jackie takes BlueCross BlueShield and is an out of network provider for TriCare. Her out of network rate is 150.00