My Approach to Helping
I am Jill Changizi-Kerr, a Licensed Professional Counselor who arrived at a love for psychology and an appreciation for healthy living when I was introduced to psychological teachings in college. Expanding my mind to learn new strategies to process issues, analyze problems, and accomplish goals were very therapeutic so I decided to dedicate my life to helping others achieve personal growth as well.
Due to my belief that living fully in the present is critical to mental health, I primarily use therapeutic approaches that focus on enhancing cognitive insight and developing solutions behaviorally. I am rooted in cognitive-behavioral modalities, utilizing techniques that help with developing ownership of problems for the purpose of maximizing choice and control over personal reactions to difficulties. I utilize choice theory, reality therapy, and solution-focused treatment in addition to rational-emotive ideas and techniques. I believe strongly in the value of the relationship between client and therapist as a critical part of a healthy, healing process and know that sometimes a client just needs to be heard, emotionally supported, and understood.
Seeking help takes courage so be proud of yourself for considering therapy and taking the step toward healing and growth. I would be happy to hear from you about your concerns and needs. Don't hesitate to call!
More Info About My Practice
I am a current member of the American Counseling Association. I have provided counseling services post-Masters for 15 years in multiple settings including hospice, detention centers, private practice, community mental health and in a substance abuse treatment program. I have been a member and served on the Board of the Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors (NVLPC) organization for many years. In graduate school, I did research and writing in collaboration with many multicultural counseling experts to contribute to an important publication in the field of multiculturalism…“The Handbook for Multicultural Counseling,”(Sage Publications). I enjoy working with diverse populations and am glad to be able to continue to support my community now at Dulles Psychological Services.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
The duration and frequency of therapy varies a lot from individual to individual. Some clients may only need one or two sessions to resolve an issue while others may want or need therapy for years. Most clients fall somewhere in between and many can resolve their concerns or make progress on goals within a few months. What drives decisions about length of treatment is the nature of the concern, the number of issues the client wants to tackle, and the resources available to the client both internally and externally. Protective factors outside of the therapy room are influential in how a client adjusts and incorporates new concepts to their practical world. For some, adopting new ideas is quick and easy while for others, much repetition and coaching is necessary and needed. Both scenarios are fine as we, therapists, are treating unique individuals with unique histories and life paths. We wouldn't want it any other way. I'll evaluate your needs individually and approach you as the unique human that you are.