I was a nurse first. As I worked in various settings with the goal of helping people recover from illness I realized that those who were motivated by a support team who knew them and helped them do the work of healing were the survivors.
I decided I wanted to go on to learn more about how to help the whole person.
My graduate degree followed by a three year training in Gestalt therapy gave me the tools to provide this deeper level of emotional first aid.
As a fellow traveler along the road of life I know we all have challenges but I also have gained the wisdom to see that we have choices. I guide people to become aware of their life themes with the goal of strengthening their sense of self. Getting a handle on one’s self is very centering and stabilizing. It doesn’t eliminate anxiety or hard times, but it usually changes the perception of catastrophe and the feeling of panic into more manageable perceptions of disappointment and feelings of pain or sadness. I challenge you to risk living fully, to learn and grow from the challenges that life presents. Only then can you experience real joy.
I am honored to be witness to your process.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coaching, Attachment Issues, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexuality, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
CA LMFT 36041
I enjoy and value the time spent with my therapist, Janet Lengsfelder. We have come a long way from our initial session. She welcomes me to explore my behaviors and encourages my self-awareness to work towards positive growth. I am forever grateful.
Written on Nov 13, 2023 after therapy with Janet for 3 years on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and anger management
Janet has been an amazing therapist. Her ability to listen and timing of response is remarkable. I feel as if I've known her for years, which helps me feel comfortable to discuss deep issues. I also like that she gives me things to work on for future sessions. I highly recommend her!
Written on Nov 16, 2021 after therapy with Janet for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts
Wonderful and very wise
Written on Sep 22, 2021 after therapy with Janet for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching
Janet is a credit to her profession and has been an excellent councilor for me.
Written on Aug 19, 2021 after therapy with Janet for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd
Janet has helped me grow more than I ever thought I could. She really challenges you to reflect on your habits, but she does it in a gentle and enlightening manner. I always felt her support and always trusted her . Very thankful that I got to work with her.
Written on Jun 15, 2021 after therapy with Janet for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, and self esteem
Janet will listen to you. She will challenge you after listening to you. She is incredibly observant and attentive to detail. Her professionalism and expertise show through from a very early stage. I could not recommend Janet more strongly.
Written on Aug 17, 2020 after therapy with Janet for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and anger management