where we are all a work in progress…
Jillian Lansey, LAC, NCC
Maybe you are starting at a new school or program. Or perhaps you are starting or ending a relationship. Your family may have changed, due to divorce, death of a loved one, or becoming an empty nester. What’s more, you may have recently moved your place of residence or are starting a new job. These days, the majority of people find themselves in the midst of some transition. While transformations can keep life interesting, it can still be challenging to not get caught up by the magnitude of it all. Whether the life change is predictable or completely random, you are hoping to find support to manage the new experience.
You find yourself thinking about how to address a conflict with a friend. You are in your head, navigating relationships at school, work, home, and places in between. You wonder why you are over or under-reacting to others. You may want help in navigating less traditional models for relationships like polyamory and non-monogamy, or maybe you just want to explore your role in a partnership. While connection and acceptance in our lives may be a natural need, you feel you could use some assistance in fostering strong relationships with others.
Gender Identity and Sexuality:
You are looking for a safe space where you do not feel judged. You want to discuss your exploration of attraction or lack of attraction, sexuality, labels, and identity. You want to discuss themes like body positivity, partnerships, LGBTQ+ identities, and hope to build confidence and growth. Maybe you want to make sense of the influence that family upbringing can have. You want help in feeling more seen and understood.
I help individuals and couples in identifying core values to make informed choices that promote relief and empowerment. I help you develop spiritual and self-growth, using a strengths-based approach while challenging you with compassion. Together, we can recharge past methods of handling life stressors, which may have served to protect you in the past, and modify these strategies to better serve you. I support individuals in fostering love for themselves and others, and hold space in knowing that change, conflict, and injustice can influence our well-being. With therapy, we can create a safe place in which you can take a breath of air and progress towards your best self. I value curiosity and honesty, and I know that therapy can feel vulnerable. I encourage you to schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation. Together we can decide if we could be a good fit.
A little about me:
I am a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) in the state of New Jersey and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). I have an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from Muhlenberg College and a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University.
I have experience working with individuals, couples, and groups, valuing the importance of creating a safe and trusting space to promote reflection and growth. I am a skillful and warm mental health therapist with experience supporting clients through life transitions, navigating complex relationships, gender identity, and sexuality. I build trust and confidence with individuals of all backgrounds, cultures, sexual orientations, and/or gender identities. I am specially trained in Trauma-Informed Care, Mindfulness, and LGBTQ+ health matters.
I began working in the counseling field while in New Orleans, supporting individuals living with HIV. My work led me to Baltimore, MD, where I worked in settings such as a hospital, the college counseling center at Johns Hopkins, and the outpatient clinic for children and families. I also have experience facilitating the Intensive Outpatient Program at a clinic, while meeting individually with clients and couples. My approach to counseling is person-centered and integrative, tailoring care to each unique case while putting an emphasis on the therapeutic relationship.