Welcome to Better Help! You've taken a huge step, and I'm sure you're wondering how this works and whether it's the right fit for you. I know I felt the same way when I first came to Better Help too.
My name is Jeannette Abelson, and 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 worked in many different settings with individuals and families who have a variety of personal issues such as depression/anxiety, stress, family problems, trauma/abuse, addictions of all kinds, relationships/parenting and more. Over the past 20 years as a clinician, my experience has taught me that the most important aspect of counseling by far is the connection and comfort you feel with the person you choose to share 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 a difficult situation when we feel stuck. It would be my privilege to be that person for you. 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 our self and others has worth and is useful to explore in counseling.
You are welcome to message me anytime through Better Help. The frequency with which you can have access to a counselor to work through day to day emotions and problem solving is extremely beneficial for most and a nice change from traditional outpatient counseling. I usually check messages twice each day, seven days per week. I currently
offer messaging and ONLY live chat sessions at this time to new clients. Please note that what you see in my calendar may not reflect my only availability so you always want to check that out with me through messaging first.
I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Isolation/Loneliness, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Personality Disorders, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
VA LCSW 0904005346
I find her helpful and responsive and has helped me address my concerns.
Written on Jan 18, 2023 after therapy with Jeannette for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and anger management
Written on Dec 08, 2022 after therapy with Jeannette for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd
She's so down to earth and is super precise at picking out what I'm trying to say from the word vomit I tend to throw at her. Super sweet without being indulgent. 11/10
Written on Nov 04, 2022 after therapy with Jeannette for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd
So far she seems knowledgeable and supportive, which is really what I needed right now. Working through some issues related to polyamory and relationships and she is helping.
Written on Sep 07, 2022 after therapy with Jeannette for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, and relationship issues
Jeannette was truly terrific! She helped me work and think through my problems in a way that made sense for me, but was really effective. After a few sessions, I felt like I was working through my problems with a very wide friend who only wanted me to be better and my relationships to be happy and healthy. Well, we succeeded in that relatively short order. I would recommend Jeannette to friends and family, that’s how truly great and gifted she is. Thank you Jeannette!
Written on Aug 17, 2022 after therapy with Jeannette for 9 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety
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Written on Jul 13, 2022 after therapy with Jeannette for 3 years on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes