Hi! I'm Jen Tucker, a licensed mental health counselor who is passionate about serving others. I'm a military veteran and a military spouse. I'm also a wife, mom, and soon-to-be grandmother. I've been through a lot in my life. Most of you have too. After all, you find yourself here looking for something. It is my firm belief that each and every one of us has tremendous potential. We all have unique talents and skills, honed and sharpened through our life experiences. These experiences, while crucial to shaping us, can also leave us hurt, confused, numb, or insecure. It is paramount that we stop along our journey to take stock, address our needs, heal, and refocus. Sometimes, we realize we may benefit from having extra support or guidance through these moments. That is where therapy can help. Throughout my counseling career, I have had the privilege of being able to walk beside clients as they process the past, learn to be comfortable in the present, and get excited for the future. I am certified in trauma and DBT, and treat clients with a wide range of concerns. Whether you feel ready to dive into therapy, or you are just contemplating the idea, I'd love to hear from you. I am currently accepting video clients, but am open to in-person if needed. Reach out and we can discuss. If you aren't ready to make contact, I have some resources available for self-reflection. Check out my blog at NotWavingButDrowning.org or my TikTok @MHMinute, where you'll find videos on a variety of mental health topics.
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
The intake session is an opportunity for us to get to know one another. I will try to get a sense of who you are, what is going on in your life, and what you are looking for in the therapeutic relationship. It's also a time for you to get a sense of me, to make sure I'll be a good fit for your needs.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
There is no one-size-fits-all therapy. I find that I utilize a lot of trauma-focused approaches such as imagery rescripting and STAIR. I like to incorporate aspects DBT such as focusing on thoughts and behaviors while using mindfulness to make emotions manageable and help my clients reconnect with themselves. I also like to focus on narratives.
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
My biggest strength as a clinician is the ability to connect with my clients. The therapeutic relationship should be a space that feels warm, supportive, and safe. It is only from this space that you can feel secure enough to do the work you need to do. I provide that space.