JESSICA VAN DER MERWE

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

Everyone has innate wisdom in the power of their story. I empower clients toward acceptance and ownership of their unique selves in order to live a vibrant future. Clients see improvement in relationships, gain control over emotions and thoughts, and heal from past betrayal, neglect, and abuse.

Services

  • Adolescent/Teen Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Adolescent/Teen Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Individual Therapy

My Approach

I offer a disarming presence for you to explore your goals safely and purposefully. I'm warm, yet direct, and bring challenge to the beliefs or behaviors that have blocked you from positive changes in your life. I align with attachment science that states trust and safety between client and counselor is the most important factor for change in counseling. I focus on this fact by forming collaborative alliance with clients through humor, validation and creative problem solving. I integrate experiential therapies such as somatic and Gestalt with an Emotion-Focused approach. This simply means I use emotions (or lack thereof) as a guide to better understand patterns of wounding, while identifying thoughts, beliefs, and physical experiences to better map our way toward healing and growth. I consider walking alongside my clients in their stories and experiences as the greatest privilege of my life, and honor the trust they give me as their counselor.

My Background

I am a Professional Counselor Intern in the state of Oregon, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate in the state of Washington. I am trained in Brainspotting therapy, Gottman couples therapy, and have been certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional. I have experience providing trauma-informed counseling for adults in a community health care setting, as well as experience in counseling adolescents, crisis counseling, secondary educational guidance counseling, youth leadership and mentoring. I I obtained my M.A. in Counseling from Western Seminary, and my B.A. in Psychology from San Jose State University.

Insurance Plans Accepted

  • Out of Network

Contact

  • 3608188322
  • Website
  • 3400 SE 196th Ave, Ste. 102
    Camas, WA 98607

At a Glance

  • Experience: Licensed Professional Counselor Intern
  • Neighborhood: Vancouver
  • Rate: $50-130/session
  • Free Initial Consultation

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