Jeri Mares

JERI MARES

Education:
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, The Wright Institute

Languages Spoken:
English

 

Experience and Specialized Training:

I have experience and training in a variety of theories and treatment modalities which include but are not limited to: Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, LGBTQ Affirmative Psychotherapy, Existential Psychotherapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Structural Family Therapy, Strategic Family Therapy, Attachment Theory, Social Justice Theory, and Multicultural Counseling and Theory. Though I use an integrative approach, I view clients through an attachment lens and focus on relational health.

In addition to the aforementioned areas of specialized education and training, I have ten years of experience working with individuals and families experiencing grief and loss issues, and a sub-specialty in suicide bereavement. I have experience facilitating support groups and leading workshops and conferences related to grief and loss. I have an intimate understanding of all stages of grief, and the impact on the individual, family system, and community.

My post-grad continuing education includes:

  • Gottman Couples Therapy – Level 1 Clinical Training
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy – Externship
  • Collaborative Couples Therapy – Case Consultation
  • Readiness for Couples Therapy – The Doherty Relationship Institute
  • Intensive Trauma Treatment – Bessel Van Der Kolk
  • LGBTQ Affirmative Psychotherapy – AAMFT

My Treatment Approach:

My treatment approach is quite integrative but not without focus. I believe that a unique therapy experience should be created for each person. I utilize and appreciate research based methods, yet I also understand that there is no one formula that will best serve all those that enter therapy. Thus, I make adjustments and pull from a variety of methods to create a comprehensive and beneficial therapy experience for all clients.

As a therapist, there are certain elements that are critical to and that inform my work. Those elements are: Connection, compassion, cohesion, continuity, clarity, co-construction, consciousness, creativity, and community. My goal for the therapeutic relationships that I develop with clients is that these elements will be woven into our work together and that they will promote meaningful change while offering safety, tenderness, and hope. Above all else, I respect the therapeutic relationship as the paramount agent of change. I view myself as a partner to my clients, valuing the expertise they have on their own lives while using my skills to help them combat any and all problematic issues and thrive.

If you are visiting this website and reading this, you have already taken a brave step on your journey toward healing and self-discovery. I recognize how difficult it can be to seek support, and I encourage you to honor yourself for doing so. If you are seeking a non-judgmental therapist that will validate, challenge, and motivate you while helping you gain greater self-awareness, self-acceptance, and the capacity to reflect on life experiences, I invite you to contact me to assess further if I may be a good fit to partner with you in therapy. I am committed to connecting you with the care and services that will allow you to live your most fruitful life, and if we come to the conclusion that I am not the best match for you, I am happy to provide referrals.
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Areas of Focus:

  • Anxiety: Generalized anxiety, phobias, OCD, social anxiety, panic disorder, & hoarding
  • Addiction & Substance Abuse: Alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling, relapse, and co-dependency
  • ADHD
  • Crisis management: Safety planning, accessing resources, and strategic framework
  • Couples: Dating, pre-marital, and marital
  • Depression: Uni-polar and Bi-polar
  • Domestic Violence
  • Families: Conflict management and conflict reduction, communication, divorce, separation, blended families, and family violence
  • Grief and Loss: All stages of grief, with a sub-specialty in suicide bereavement
  • LGBTQ: Sexual & gender identity development, coming out, transitioning, self-advocacy, and impact of oppression
  • Life Transitions: Adolescence, transition age youth, adulthood, middle adulthood, older adulthood, career changes & job loss, marriage, starting a family, retirement, and re-location
  • Military & Veterans: Individual & family work, military sexual trauma, deployment, pre and post deployment, re-integration into family and civilian life, and PTSD
  • Parenting & Co-Parenting
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder
  • Self-exploration: Defense mechanisms, schemas, personality, spirituality & religion, sexual orientation, values, existential crises, and family of origin history
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexuality: Dysfunction and intimacy
  • Social Justice: Oppression in the community, society, and workplace
  • Trauma

Who I Work With:

Couples, Adolescents, and Adults

Contact:

Direct Line: 925-344-6041
Alternate Line: 925-449-7925

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