Welcome! I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Virginia. I earned my Master of Social Work degree, specializing in Interpersonal Practice, from the University of Michigan in 1998. I've been a practicing therapist in hospitals, outpatient clinics, private college, residential treatment, court/jail and private practice in the community. I have extensive experience working with those who are coping with depression, anxiety, grief/loss, and trauma. Relationship problems and addictive behaviors are also a specialty of mine.
My treatment approach involves tailoring an individual's needs and goals with evidence-based treatments. However, the most important aspect of counseling by far is the connection and comfort you feel with the person you choose to bear witness to your personal struggles. I believe we can all grow through challenging experiences by increasing our self-awareness. Sometimes another person, one who isn't in our immediate circle, can offer a perspective or additional support, that give us movement on an difficult situation when we feel stuck. It would be my privilege to walk with you on your journey. We all want to be able to share our personal truths and be accepted and understood. I believe it's very important to be open-minded and non-judgmental when someone shares their personal story or experiences with me. Our relationship with ourself and others (no matter how we define our parter) has worth and is useful to explore in counseling.
In terms of availability, I check and respond to messages at least twice daily, seven days a week. I offer live chat and phone sessions weekly, mostly between the hours of 8am and 6pm on select days of the week. I also offer a few live chat sessions each week in the later evening hours or on the weekends. I do not currently offer video sessions at this time.
I look forward to working with you!
- Stress, Anxiety
I also have experience in LGBT, Relationship, Family, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related, Eating, Parenting, Anger, Self esteem, Career, Bipolar
LCSW #0904005346 (Expires: 2019-06-30)
Jeannette Abelson is an exceptional counselor. She's highly responsive, fully engages with my concerns, and very pleasant to talk to. She was my second match and I was so glad that I made this switch!
Jeanette offers great insights and has really helped me in taking actionable steps towards feeling better.
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My counselor is very polite and understanding. Makes counseling very comfortable for me.
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Jeannette is patient, caring, understanding and knowledgeable. Jeanette has helped me share secrets I never knew I could share and still be loved. She has been a stablelizing force in my life.
Jeannette is an extremely compassionate, perceptive and caring counselor, and has understood my situation and provided excellent advice and support for me through this difficult time, thank you so much for everything Jeannette!
I like how interactive Jeannette is. She challenges my perspective and I appreciate her honesty.
Jeanette is wonderful. She listens, gives input, and serves as a nice dose of reality when discussing my issues.
Jeannette is always open-minded and provides a lot of different ideas and solutions. She has recommended many resources that have been valuable to me, and she is happy to check in when I don't message for a while. It's obvious she cares a lot about her clients!
Jeannette is very understanding, responds promptly, and is wonderful to work with. I have been feeling a lot better since beginning to work with her.
I came to Jeannette with a myriad of issues and just plopped them all out for her to see. She immediately started me on a treatment plan of worksheets and evaluations and has been a great sounding board when I am feeling anxious or overwhelmed by something. She is responsive and helpful in helping me get my mental health back on track. I avoided counseling for so long because I have had poor experiences in the past and figured it would just turn out the same - but I was totally wrong. Working with Jeannette has been so great, I even got my fiance to sign up for BetterHelp!
Jeannette was very helpful in getting my wife and I to communicate better. She was easy to reach, had great tools and advice. Definitely recommend working with her!
She is great- I feel a lot better since I've been speaking with her I'm grateful for her and this experience!
Jeannette is a great counselor and much better than my previous counselor. She was attentive, kind and provided valuable feedback. Will definitely contact her again if I have another issue.
She is respectful, honest and also compassionate.
Jeannette is a nonjudgmental counselor who is skilled in the art of listening. She listens to everything, even the weird stuff.
Jeanette is amazing. She helped me out of the darkest period of my life. She is unbelievable.
She is a fantastic counselor.
She is best therapist that I have ever had in my life!
Jeannette was very helpful! She gave great advice and helped me calm down when needed.
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Jeannette is an extremely competent therapist. I have a lot of issues in my life - family, addiction, depression, anxiety, self-hate, and she's been able to guide me through it all gracefully and in an understanding way. Highly recommended.
She was really responsive and good insights with good concrete strategies. I would absolutely recommend!!
Jeannette has been very helpful as I navigate a divorce and deal with some old shameful thoughts. Highly recommend.
Excellent and always available!
Jeannette really knows how to listen and empathize.
Jeanette has been very helpful in supporting me work through various challenges I'm facing. She has been very patient and encouraging and I would definitely recommend her!
She is very calming, responds quickly with reasoned, thoughtful responses.
Jeannette is really good at helping me frame my thoughts when I struggle to make sense of them. I really appreciated the suggestions she made when I felt that I couldn't turn to those in my personal life for support, as well as the thought exercises and questions she gave me to help me sort through a really difficult situation!
She's really great! I feel as if she really cares and wants to know what is going on in life. She is always there and responds in a timely manner!