I am currently a licensed Social Worker (LISW) in the state of Iowa. I have been working as a therapist for the past 10 years. Prior experience includes 25 years working in Child and Family Welfare. In addition to my role seeing people for therapy, I serve in a clinical supervisor/administrator role in a community mental health center. I also train Mental Health First Aid on a local level and Youth Mental Health First Aid on a national level.
As a therapist/social worker, I believe that we all function within multiple systems such as family, work, community etc. My approach strives to achieve mental wellness through growth in strengths and confidence in new skills to manage multiple stressors impacting our lives. I often use strategies such as Solution Focused, Strength Based, Motivational Interviewing, CBT and EMDR.
My husband and were foster parents and adopted 3 children who are now adults. I feel these experiences have been valuable for others needing support with foster and adoption issues and concerns.
Patients describe me as positive, calm, solution focused and direct.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Family conflicts, Grief, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
IA LISW 03246
Jan is great! She gives me the push I need while supporting me through challenging obstacles. She's very relatable and would recommend her to everyone!
Written on Feb 26, 2021 after therapy with Jan for 1 month on issues concerning eating disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd