About Me

My career in the helping professions started in 1997 at a residential program in San Francisco working with adults with substance use issues and co-occurring mental health disorders. At this time, one did not need a degree in substance use counseling to work in this area and I was able to gain a great deal of experience. This launched a long road of determination to attain a Bachelor's degree in Social Work in 2008 and then a Master's in Social Work in 2010. Throughout my educational years and afterward, I worked with several different populations such as children, teens, TAY, former foster youth, homeless youth, adults with mental illness, homeless adults, and those arrested for alcohol and/or drug related offenses. I am currently a Program Manager of a Clinic that assesses individuals with mental health disorders for County treatment services as well as a homeless day respite center that connects unhoused persons with housing, food, healthcare, etc. My treatment approach is one that is Client-Centered, Strength's-Based, and Humanistic. I utilize Motivational Interviewing to gain knowledge into my Client's perspective and objectives. I believe that every person in an expert in their own life and that I act only as a guide and collaborator to help my clients reach their goals and enrich their lives. I have had experiences working with those with depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, eating disorders, PTSD, schizophrenia and various other conditions. My goal is to work with the client on their goals and not to give advice, which I find is less than effective. Many times individuals already know what they need and are seeking guidance, clarity, and the care of someone to be authentic and responsive to those needs.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Parenting issues
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Eating disorders , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Body Image , Read more...

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

Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #70118 (Expires: 2023-09-30)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Janel Guinane. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written by F.L. on Aug 08, 2022 after therapy with Janel for 11 months on issues concerning lgbt, relationship issues, and self esteem

Janel has helped me through a dark time and I’m very thankful for that!

Written by L.E. on Jul 19, 2022 after therapy with Janel for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

I really like Janel's balance between listening and offering up modalities and ideas for processing my challenges.

Written by A.L. on Jul 08, 2022 after therapy with Janel for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and self esteem

EMDR! Great!

Written by F.E. on Jun 23, 2022 after therapy with Janel for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coa

Janel is an amazing therapist!

Written by L.I. on Jun 01, 2022 after therapy with Janel for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

A great, safe and secure experience and a steady, reliable insight. Thanks a lot.

Written by N.I. on May 31, 2022 after therapy with Janel for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and bipolar disorder

Still waiting to chat personally.
Bit very happy so far

Written by P.A. on May 25, 2022 after therapy with Janel for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Janel is kind, supportive and wise. She's been great to work with and I'd recommend her as a therapist.

Written by A.R. on May 18, 2022 after therapy with Janel for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, and self esteem

I’ve been working with Janel since July 2021. She’s very kind, understanding, compassionate, & her voice/mannerisms are very calming. I’m very fortunate to have matched with her as my first-ever therapist! Highly recommend!

Written by M.A. on Apr 25, 2022 after therapy with Janel for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I liked it, i’m still new here. I will need more time to experience it all to be able to have a feedback

Written by J.O. on Apr 13, 2022 after therapy with Janel for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, eating disorders, anger management, and coping with life changes

Janel is great. She makes getting help easy and non-judgmental. I look forward to talking with her and I like thinking about our conversation after the fact. She sends me things to read and worksheets to complete that help me with different areas we discuss. She makes herself available and shows genuine care.

Written by A.S. on Mar 13, 2022 after therapy with Janel for 2 months on issues concerning depression, lgbt, and self esteem

Janel is one of the loveliest people I've met.
She creates an understanding and safe space and is very easy to talk to.
Another thing I loved about her is that from day 1 she wrote down notes during our sessions. This is something I didn't see other therapists do and it made me feel that she was invested in me and was making sure to do her best.

Written by S.O. on Mar 03, 2022 after therapy with Janel for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Thank you for helping me

Written by C.H. on Feb 09, 2022 after therapy with Janel for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, relationship issues, coping with life changes, and career difficulties

I have had a few sessions with Janel already. As someone whom has never had therapy before - she provides sound advice and is a good listener.

Written by A.M. on Jan 08, 2022 after therapy with Janel for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

I was apprehensive about joining BetterHelp and I’m delighted to say I really shouldn’t have been. Janel was the first therapist I matched with and I’ve stuck with her for almost a year now.

I felt very at ease with Janel after just a few sessions. And we instantly began to work on issues I had. She always listens to me very actively and provides helpful feedback. She sends me useful worksheets to try or info to read up on. The exercises she sets between sessions are useful for my long term life.

Janel has done a session with me almost every week since I joined. Whenever I message her in between she always responds. And she has always encouraged me to get in touch any time I need it.

I appreciate her so much, she has given me such a wonderful and positive therapy experience. And has been such a consistent support as I battle my mental illness.

From where I was a year ago, to today, things have really changed for me. I was in a dark space and Janel helped me take the steps to start getting better. I am thankful.

If you have the opportunity of matching with Janel, you are in safe hands.

Written by C.A. on Dec 16, 2021 after therapy with Janel for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

She’s great.

Written by H.A. on Nov 30, 2021 after therapy with Janel for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Janel is extremely easy to talk to and open up to. She creates a safe space that's free of judgement. I don't feel restricted or embarrassed when speaking with Janel at all. She doesn't invalidate how I'm feeling or the experiences I have had. Would 100% recommend Janel, she's absolutely wonderful. :)

Written by M.I. on Nov 20, 2021 after therapy with Janel for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

Janel is very understanding, supportive, non-judgemental and non-bias and insightful. She listens to me intently and sympathetically and is professional and analytical in her advice. I highly recommend Janel!

Written by D.A. on Oct 15, 2021 after therapy with Janel for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coaching

Janel continues to be a good fit for my needs. She is helping me look at things from different perspectives.

Written by D.E. on Sep 27, 2021 after therapy with Janel for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes

I had 4 session with Janel and it’s been a great process. Talking to her about my problems made me see them in a different perspective. She listen and shows sympathy. She give great advice. Advice I need to hear and it makes me want to do better. She also genuinely concern and makes me feel like I can text her at anytime. I Would recommend her to a friend.

Written by K.A. on Aug 06, 2021 after therapy with Janel for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

I've only had a few appointments with Janel so far, but she seems really lovely and is a very supportive individual. I'm looking forward to continuing to work with her, and see the ways in which that work transforms and progresses.

Written by R.A. on Jul 22, 2021 after therapy with Janel for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I was going through a rough time and needed someone to help and listen, I knew there were things that are not right, how I formed my relationship with my family, and the way I have behaved since I was young, but I didn’t know what they were or how to deal with them. I was so scared at first but after my first session with Janel, I felt at ease! She made sure I was comfortable, she listened, was never judgmental and helped me with coping strategies to get me through such a difficult time. I’m on my 3rd session with her and would recommend Betterhelp and especially Janel. Thank you for everything.

Written by A.N. on Jun 08, 2021 after therapy with Janel for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

A great support!
Janel shows a sympathetic approach and is understanding. She provides you with methods that actually. I would highly recommend her.

Written by A.N. on Mar 01, 2021 after therapy with Janel for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and career difficulties

Janel is an amazing listener, and makes me feel that we are having a causal conversation, while giving me really helpful advice. She always makes me feel very at ease!

Written by G.A. on Feb 15, 2021 after therapy with Janel for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, and family conflicts

After my first session with Janel, I really enjoyed my session with her and felt I wasn’t able to express myself so openly. It’s been a hard journey for me to ever open up first let alone seem professional help. Janel made me feel like she was in my bible with me and helped me find way to tackle my day to day struggles.

I’m looking forward to our future sessions.
Thank you Janel ❤️

Written by E.M. on Feb 09, 2021 after therapy with Janel for 3 weeks on issues concerning self esteem

Janel has a calm, compassionate manner. Janel is a good listener and is very supportive.

Written by G.A. on Jan 26, 2021 after therapy with Janel for 2 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

Gets to the point. Gives me really valuable tools. Listens to me...really listens....to my endless endless endless talking....

Work with me!