Janette Patterson

MSW, LMFT, LCMFT

About

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“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” -Maya Angelou

Problems and obstacles can be viewed as opportunities for growth. In the midst of turmoil, therapy can be a lifeline to spark that transformation. I use a strengths-based approach to guide people to utilize what is most helpful to them. I help clients search for present possibilities by looking for resources and using tools like mindfulness. My therapeutic approach is informed by DBT, SFBT, and narrative therapy.

My background includes a BA in psychology and women’s studies, which has definitely influenced my path into couple and family counseling. I spent five years as a social worker for adults with severe mental health disorders. I also have experience working at a crisis residential facility that assisted people in acute distress. Before applying to grad school, I had transitioned into serving young families in an educational capacity. I obtained my Child Development Associate to better understand how young children grow. Observing the pressures facing families ultimately led to my interest in family studies. In December of 2020, I will graduate from a COAMFTE accredited program with an MS in marriage and family counseling/therapy. Until I graduate, I am in supervision with Janette.

In addition to treating couples and families, I have a strong interest in working with people from the LGBTQ+ community. I am a passionate advocate within the mental health community because I recognize the need for empathetic treatment. All clients can expect me to be focused on guiding them towards the life they want to be living. Being invited into someone’s world is a privilege that I do not take lightly. I believe that anything worthwhile takes hard work; and I am excited to help you embark on that journey.