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Jessica Dunne

M.A.- Level Intern

Jessica Dunne Christian Counseling Intern (affordable)

Specialties

  • anxiety
  • church hurt
  • grief/loss
  • interpersonal/communication issues
  • life transitions
  • substance abuse/addiction
  • spiritual direction
  • women’s issues

EXPERIENCE LEVEL

Client focus

Age

  • children
  • preteens/tweens
  • teenagers 
  • adults (18+)
  • seniors (65+)

counseling type

  • individuals 

“It simply isn’t an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach

I thoroughly enjoy counseling because every client I get to meet with is unique. I feel honored to sit and be present with you as I learn about your culture, perspective, beliefs, and interests. I believe we do the things we do for a reason, so I am grateful when you allow me into your life and entrust me to come alongside you on the healing journey. As your counselor, I will listen attentively and provide a safe space where you feel seen, understood, and welcome as you are.

You are the expert on your own life. You are capable of finding the answers you are looking for with the help of a compassionate counselor. My therapeutic approach aims to promote grace toward oneself as well as normalize what you are going through in order to show you that there is more than one way to live an abundant life. Through our time together, I hope you realize you are loved, valued, accepted, and worthy, and that you go on to propagate those feelings in the world.

What to Expect in Therapy

I recognize that beginning counseling can be daunting, anxiety-provoking, and even downright scary. It can feel uncomfortable to sit with a stranger and share personal information and feelings. With this in mind, my intention is to provide an open, caring, and pleasant environment so that you can feel comfortable sharing the details of your life.

During our initial sessions, I will work with you to understand your goals and reasons for coming to counseling. Once we’ve gotten to know one another, we will work on accomplishing those goals and shifting your life for the better. We can incorporate faith and spirituality into sessions if that is something you desire, whether that be through prayer, music, scripture, or other practices.

Personal Qualifications and Experience

Throughout my life, I have always enjoyed hearing the specific details of the lives of those around me. In high school, I found a TV show that emphasized the idea that a lot can be understood about a person by examining and analyzing their behaviors. This pairing created a desire to learn about the counseling profession because I knew it would allow me to consider other perspectives, grow in love, and develop deeper empathy. This line of work also helps me effectively, thoughtfully, and lovingly navigate my roles as a daughter, sister, friend, teammate, and fiancée.

At this point in my career, I have worked in a substance abuse agency and a Christian private practice seeing clients age 17 to 79. I have co-led a grief and loss group and worked with court-ordered clients. I value working with a diverse range of people and believe each client has as much to offer me as I have to offer them.

Personal Interests

I have a passion for reading, especially books by Bob Goff. If you haven’t heard of him, check him out. You won’t regret it! I am an avid sports fan and grew up playing a lot of roller and ice hockey. I enjoy finding a good show or movie to watch (Survivor, Lord of the Rings, Master Chef Junior, Harry Potter, etc.). I love hiking, fishing, and camping. I am also a dog lover!

I am engaged to the greatest guy. We have a beautiful 11-year-old German shepherd. We love traveling, playing sports, and visiting museums together.

“People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It’s easy to confuse a lot of activity with a purposeful life.” – Bob Goff

“Simply put: love does.” – Bob Goff

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