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Janice Ricks, LCSW, LISW

Stress, Anxiety LGBTQ+ Relationships Grief Coping with life changes
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About me

Hello! My name is Jan Ricks and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florida and a Licensed Independent Social Worker in Ohio. I recently moved back to Florida from Northern Kentucky where I lived, while I taught for 15 years in the School of Social Work at the University of Cincinnati. I retired as an Emeritus Professor and am now focused on providing therapy. I have been a Professional Social Worker for over 30 years, and I also have over 10 years of professional therapy work experience. I have experience working with many different populations including individuals and families, the elderly, and the LGBTQ+ community including Transgender, Intersex, and other gender variant people. I have worked with people experiencing life changes, grief and loss, women's issues, and many other life challenges. I have traveled to many places in the State of Ohio, conducting workshops for the employees of the State who required recertification. I also conducted workshops and classes for private agencies providing education about Transgender, Gay, Lesbian and Intersex communities.
I recently taught at the University of Central Florida as an Online instructor in the School of Social Work as well as teaching in the classroom setting. After leaving the University of Central Florida I began working as a therapist at BetterHelp. I truly enjoy my work and have found online therapy is very effective offering many opportunities that are not available in an office setting. I believe in the resilience of the human spirit and the power of change, and I also believe that people have many strengths that will help in overcoming things that are challenging. I utilize Cognitive-Behavior therapy as well as other therapeutic models to help create change in peoples' lives. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage and I admire that. I am here to support you in that process, and I look forward to working with you!

Professional experience

10yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety LGBTQ+ Relationships Grief Coping with life changes

Additional areas of focus: Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Compassion fatigue, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver issues and stress, Commitment Issues, Communication problems, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Hearing Impaired, HIV / AIDS, Isolation / loneliness, Life purpose, Panic disorder and panic attacks, Personality Disorders, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social anxiety and phobia, Women's issues

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy

Services offered

Video
Phone
Live Chat
Messaging

License information

FL LCSW SW6816

OH LISW I.0600028-SUPV

Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Janice Ricks. 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.

Janice is amazing !! Always checks on me and makes sure I am doing ok . Gives great tools to help you along your healing process. She also helps you look at things another way too which really helps!!

Written on Jan 22, 2024 after therapy with Janice for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

She's compassionate.

Written on Jan 17, 2024 after therapy with Janice for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

I had an incredibly positive experience Janice. Her compassionate approach, deep understanding, and effective strategies helped me navigate challenges with greater resilience. I appreciated her commitment to creating a safe and non-judgmental space for me to explore and grow. I highly recommend Janice and her expertise and support.

Written on Jan 03, 2024 after therapy with Janice for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, anger management, and compassion fatigue

We are just starting out, however I think so far she's a great therapist. She is kind and listens, I am still figuring out whether she is a good fit for me.

Written on Nov 30, 2023 after therapy with Janice for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Simply put, I am so glad that my therapy journey has brought her into my life! She’s a wonderful listener, poses great questions and offers great exercises and feedback. I feel so comfortable making changes and learning to put up boundaries that I would have never done before.

Written on Nov 30, 2023 after therapy with Janice for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I've been talking to Jan for half a year. She is incredibly compassionate while also helping me work through my challenges head-on. She checks up on what we talked about in past weeks, stays engaged in the conversation, and asks thought-provoking questions I might not have previously considered. There is a sense of connectivity through the sessions and this helps me stay active on the coping methods we've developed over time. I recommend Jan for anyone looking to work on their situations with compassion on the other end of the call. I also recommend her specifically if you are struggling with anxiety, stress, gender-identity, or ADHD.

Written on Nov 27, 2023 after therapy with Janice for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd