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Jacquelyn Carson MFT 

Jacquelyn is a Marriage and Family Therapist with specialized training in working systemically with individuals, couples, and families. She received her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Jacquelyn has experience in both community mental health and partial hospitalization settings, treating issues of anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and (sexual) trauma. She is adamant about addressing matters surrounding high conflict relationships, communication, first and second-generational challenges, grief and loss, and complex family dynamics.

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Specialties

  • Relationship Issues

  • Couple & Family Therapy – Family Conflict

  • Infidelity

  • Life Transitions

  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement

  • Emotion Regulation

  • Suicidal Ideation & Self Harm

  • Identity Exploration, Development,

  •  Intersectionality, e.g., racial, gender, sexual orientation

  • Depression/ Anxiety

  • Parenting Support

  • Personality Disorders 

  • Difficulties with Self-Esteem

  • Professional/Career Issues

  • Stress Management

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Trauma

  • Spirituality

  • Managing Illness Related Stressors

  • Coping Skills

  • Issues Related to Aging

My Story

When I connect with my clients for an initial session, I initiate a therapeutic relationship by building rapport, exploring, and gathering information for best practice. I have a genuine interest in knowing a person’s story from all sides, including the perspectives of those in their lives. Together, I work with clients to develop a deeper understanding of their context and developing self awareness. I use a systemic, solution-focused, client-centered approach with all modalities. In other words, the focus is on how dynamics within a client’s relationship with themselves, family, partner, workplace, etc., manifests in their life and how the various identities and intersections play a role. It always begins with the relationship one has with themself. In order to understand the surrounding systems, one must comprehend how those systems show up within themselves as well. I am a strong believer that your healing will always begin, progress, and conclude with you.

In developing an understanding of your life, and the lives of those within your systems,  you will begin to track patterns in thoughts, emotions, words, and actions. I emanate a safe, warm, friendly, humorous and down to earth atmosphere conducive for the therapeutic process. My goal is to empower clients in creating behavioral changes while exploring the deeper meaning within recurring patterns. I utilize evidence-based approaches including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Motivational Interviewing.

 

My integrative and systemic style of therapy is tailored to the unique needs of those I work with while considering the individual, relational, and cultural components of one’s being. I am fluent in Spanish and culturally sensitive with a deep appreciation in working with people of diverse backgrounds.

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