Jacqueline Rafter

(LMSW)

About Me

I am a licensed social worker in Michigan with over 5 years of experience working as a therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, anger management difficulties, career challenges and adjusting to major life changes. I also help many people who have experienced physical trauma, emotional abuse or sexual abuse.

My counseling style is non-judgmental, warm, interactive, direct and empowering. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and rational-emotive counseling. I teach skills for managing difficulties until those difficulties can be resolved. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.

It takes courage to acknowledge there is room or need for change, seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you.

I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Parenting issues
  • Career difficulties
Also experienced in:
Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Attachment Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Chronic Pain Illness and Disability , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Gottman Method, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMSW #6801106200 (Expires: 2023-04-30)


Reviews

Written by A.L. on Nov 20, 2020 after counseling with Jacqueline for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

Jacqueline has been an excellent listening ear and a gentle way of correcting errors in thoughts without pushing.

Written by J.U. on Oct 29, 2020 after counseling with Jacqueline for 1 week

Wonderful at listening and gave great feedback.

Written by D.A. on Oct 06, 2020 after counseling with Jacqueline for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and parenting issues

I highly recommend working with Jacqueline Rafter to achieve your counseling goals. She has been the most helpful counselor I've ever had. Seems like we've gotten more done in two weeks than I have in months or maybe even a year with other counselors.

I love that she challenges me, is action-oriented, and helps me think through decisions. She challenges me by providing perspectives on my behavior that are unpleasant to hear and explaining what she is seeing. She is action-oriented by providing clear steps to take to achieve the goals I want. She helps me think through decisions, typically related to the action items and behaviors we've talked about changing that I'm having trouble implementing.

Written by C.H. on Sep 22, 2020 after counseling with Jacqueline for 6 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and parenting issues

Jacqueline has provided me with tools and space to air out. She created a very safe place right from the beginning and has maintained that as I have tested the waters and started really sharing whats going on. Therapy is a big step and it takes time to find comfort with your therapist. She has been amazing for me from day one and I see nothing but happiness and great things in my future, no matter the challenges it presents.

Written by S.H. on Sep 08, 2020 after counseling with Jacqueline for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, eating disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching

Jacqueline has been responsive and supportive. She offers sound counsel and provides solid suggestions. She also does a great job at helping me see and understand what I’m going through while providing plenty of validation and occasionally challenging me. She’s been very helpful and I’m glad to know I have support when I need it.

Written by S.K. on Aug 17, 2020 after counseling with Jacqueline for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Provided a great listening ear, no unfair judgement was made about my thoughts or feelings. I felt lighter in some sense after each session.

Written by J.E. on Jul 28, 2020 after counseling with Jacqueline for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Jacqueline demonstrates competency and compassion—she knows her stuff and cares about you. She has been helpful to me in explicit and implicit ways. As a person who lives with a quiet whisper of discontent (or, sometimes, a loud cacophonous roar of self-critical abasement, anxiety, probably depression, and overall dissatisfaction), I have benefitted immensely from her demeanor and strategies. Jacqueline helps me target what I’m thinking and feeling (and why), and she helps me work through it. I started talking to her right at the end of a difficult 10-week period during which I had returned to secondary education in a challenging district (as a result of running away from personal and professional issues I didn’t want to face in my last job—attractive, eh?). I was at my wit’s end, to be honest, and was having a hard time functioning. She has been monumentally helpful to me in figuring out strategies to live and work by. Without telling me this directly, she helped me see that my “neuroses”—if we can still use that very accurate term—is in large part derived from poor choices in thinking and acting. Millennia ago, the Greeks knew that we could not separate the private from the public, that character matters, and that we often feel bad because we think and act bad. Jacqueline has been instrumental in helping me rediscover this universal natural law. She also calls me on my BS, doesn’t let me just go down rabbit trails for the sake of avoiding pain, and otherwise asks helpful questions. She’s a good therapist, and I appreciate her.

Written by K.A. on Jul 16, 2020 after counseling with Jacqueline for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I’ve had only a couple of sessions with Jacqueline but she has already helped me to understand some things that have been deeply rooted within me for years, and given me tools to feel better about them. I’m really grateful for the talks that we have had already and am excited to continue working with her.

Written by G.R. on Jun 02, 2020 after counseling with Jacqueline for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

I was stubborn coming into therapy and pretty firmly believed I didn't need it but simply talking to her the first time she uncapped emotions I kept bottled up and made me want to help myself. I couldn't imagine anyone better to help people.

Written by E.R. on May 27, 2020 after counseling with Jacqueline for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

Jacqueline is amazing. I was hesitant when I signed up, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But she has surpassed all expectations and I am so glad I took the first step and got started. I was feeling better after my first session and everyone since has built upon that. I will recommend her and this service to everyone I know!

Written by J.O. on May 27, 2020 after counseling with Jacqueline for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

Jacqueline has been a lifesaver at a critical juncture in my life. She is responsive, empathetic, generous, professional, and extremely knowledgeable. Her sound advice and listening ear have laid the foundation for a major shift in my life and relationships. With her help, I am coming to terms with past trauma and seeing myself and those I love in a new light. Highly recommended.

Written by H.E. on May 05, 2020 after counseling with Jacqueline for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Jacqueline is kind, fair and thoughtful. She has been an immense help to me and I am grateful to have her counsel.

Written by L.I. on May 01, 2020 after counseling with Jacqueline for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Love her ❤️

Written by C.A. on Apr 03, 2020 after counseling with Jacqueline for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Jacqueline listens and offers suggestions.