Jackie holds a BA in Psychology and MA in Human Development Counseling, with a concentration in Marriage & Family Therapy, from the University of Illinois Springfield. Jackie’s work history reflects her dedication to service, collaboration, and relational based intervention. Her experiences include serving individuals with severe mental illness in a psychiatric hospital, working with adolescents and young adults struggling with behavioral and psychiatric disorders in wilderness and residential treatment, and providing family-based support and clinical interventions at an inpatient recovery and rehabilitation center. Jackie’s experience and background has allowed her the opportunity to effect change in the lives of individuals and families struggling with a range of issues including grief and loss, trauma, depression, and anxiety. In addition, Jackie’s recent experience working in a college counseling center helped to inform her understanding of the life transitions and unique developmental challenges facing young adults and their families.
Jackie brings a calm presence to a room and excels at creating a safe space for a person to be vulnerable and foster self-awareness. She works best with young adults dealing with life transitions, family struggles, relationship issues, and the development of the self. Jackie has a family-systems perspective and utilizes Attachment Theory and Emotionally-Focused Therapy as the basis of her work. She uses elements of existentialism, DBT, CBT, the transtheoretical model, outdoor therapy, motivational interviewing, art therapy, mindfulness-based approaches, experiential methods, and the use of metaphor.
Jackie was born and raised in central Illinois, where as a child she was eager to explore the great outdoors. Nature has been the driving force in Jackie’s life, and it brought her to the mountains of Colorado for seven years, and eventually to beautiful Oregon. In her free time, Jackie can be found hiking, snowboarding, or mountain biking. She loves traveling, playing board games, spending time with family and friends, snuggling with her dog Jack, and drinking tea while reading YA fiction. Jackie also earned an AAS in Professional Photography and continues to enjoy occasional photo shoots.