My Approach to Helping
My name is Jeralyn Stevens and I am passionate about helping people improve their lives. I live and breath for empowering others to find the solutions and answers that are right for them, wherever they are in life.
Through my training as a community counselor, I am able to offer a wide variety of approaches to my therapy practice. I believe that therapy should fit the person and not the other way around. I enjoy using a large toolbox of interventions and methods to find the best individual fit.
My down to earth, laid-back personality, paired with my zest and passion for counseling make me the ultimate cheerleader to anyone in need of healing and empathy. I strongly believe that when people feel heard and respected they begin to heal. I bring all of that and more to my therapy office.
When calling for an appointment please remember to ask for me by name. I am unfortunately not accepting MA clients at this time.
More Info About My Practice
While I enjoy working with many different populations, one of my passion areas centers around treating trauma. I have pursed extra credentials and training to be able to offer the most current and cutting-edge interventions.
I am a certified in Brainspotting (BSP), a technique that can be used to process and release even the most severe of trauma and PTSD. I am very proud of this certification and use it as a cornerstone of my practice. In addition to this, I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and have received extra training in compassionately and effectively treating trauma and PTSD.
My other passion area is helping couples, and families navigate through conflict, marital issues, and crisis. I am trained in Level 1 Gottman Method Couples Therapy. The Gottman Method has nearly 40 years of evidence-based research to support its interventions and methods. While many therapies rise and fall like diets, the Gottman method has stood the test of mine. As a therapist, that is really important to me.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
When I was young I was diagnosed as L.D (Learning Disabled). Being only 7, I internalized this as being that I was stupid and it became a self-fulfilling prophecy. Luckily for me, a wonderful L.D teacher named Mrs. Price took me under her wing and became, not only a teacher at school, but a life-long friend and mentor. I can't even remember the interventions that she used to get caught up in math and reading. What I do remember is that she was kind to me. That she heard me and saw me, and cared about what I was telling her. Her warm and loving energy made me believe in myself and helped me to thrive and catch up with my peers. The greatest gift she gave me was the knowledge that it only takes one person to make a difference. It only takes one act of kindness to change a life forever. Mrs. Price inspired me to also be kind and compassionate. If I can change even one person's life, the way she's changed mine, my life won't be wasted. I take the knowledge, compassion, and energy that she instilled in me into every session. I pride myself on being a therapist who is present and able to hold a special kind of space that is therapeutic and healing.