HI! I'm Jeffrey!
I provide counseling services in West Chester, OH and Southeastern Indiana, for children, adolescents, and adults and online for adults only. My focus is on persons experiencing the effects of trauma, associated anxiety and depression, and adjustment after accident, injury, or illness.
I was born in Greendale, Indiana, the home of Perfect North Slopes and two-time Olympic Medal Winner, Nick Goepper. I spent the first 18 years of my life right here in the Cincinnati area before I moved to Evansville Indiana to attend the University of Evansville. I grew up in a quiet suburb of the Cincinnati Metro area where as a child I swam on the swim team, dove on the diving team, played football, basketball, baseball, ran track, wrestled, participated in Cub and Boy Scouting, speech contests, choir and swing choir, was involved in musicals, fronted a rock band, and delivered newspapers for the Cincinnati Enquirer, or worked at Burger Chef. I spent the better part of my summers on various sports teams. I did fair at school, but my favorite part of the school day was always the hour or so a day where we sang or played music in choir or band. On the outside people would have thought I was really well "put together", so to speak. However, at home we dealt with domestic emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. These experiences left me open to retraumatization by other perpetrators in the community. By the time I reached adulthood I was coping pretty poorly with life's stressors.
I studied human resources and played football at the University of Evansville (where I met my lovely wife Karen). I was the President of the Student Chapter of the Human Resources Association, and represented my university in a number of functions. After graduation I took a few management and human resources jobs while I and served in the Indiana and Oklahoma Army National Guard as an Artillery Officer. Unsatisfied with my career choice at the time, I remembered what my mother, the vocational counselor, told me years before after completing interest and aptitude inventories with me. She said that the results of my testing said I should be a counselor. My wife and I packed up and moved to Dallas, TX where I attended Dallas Theological Seminay and Amberton University completing my Master of Arts in Professional Counseling. My desire to help others drove me into therapy myself feeling that if I was going to help others, I first needed to help myself. This is an ongoing task. Recovery is a journey, not a destination.
During the next 15 years I worked in various secular and Christian agencies providing counseling services to persons with addiction, anxiety, depression, trauma and adjustment issues. Always Interested in learning, I took computer programming classes while doing counseling and in 1999, became a web developer and technical consultant for AOL/SPSS. This lasted about 5 years before the bottom fell out of the dot com industry. I remembered that my mother always said, "don't get discouraged, just get busy." So in 2005, I came back to the counseling field and have since decided this is where I always belonged. My mother was right. Counseling is my sweet spot. It's where I experience flow...like time stands still all day and I feel like 8 hours was 10 minutes and I am energized after each day rather than drained.
Towards my last two years of my stay in Dallas, TX, I experienced what I like to call “growth pains”. I felt my personal growth was stifled, and that I was not as happy and satisfied as I once was. After extensive self-exploration, I realized I was unsatisfied because I was not doing what I really wanted to be doing in the place I wanted to do it, which is back in the Cincinnati area helping people THRIVE after trauma. I knew that I would not be able to help others transform their lives from victim to survivor, to overcomer, and THRIVER unless I was thriving myself.
in 2011, I entered California Southern University and began a Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. In that program I was required to attend my own therapy for 24 sessions of Individual Therapy and Group Therapy. I had gone to therapy before but this was my time to really focus on doing what I ask people to do...to be ready for change, open-minded to new ideas, willing to do whatever it takes. I am currently writing my dissertation and plan to graduate in 2018-2019.
At this point you could say that I am living my dream of helping people who have experienced trauma navigate the path from victim to suvivor, overcomer, and thriver. In doing this, I lean heavily on my 20+ years of clinical education and experience to bring you a counseling experience that helps you find healing, meaning, peace, and purpose.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
I also have experience in LGBT, Relationship issues, Grief, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder
LPCC #1300001 (Expires: 2020-06-30)
LMHC #39002140A (Expires: 2020-04-30)
He's excellent! I feel valued, listened to, and understood. He provides timely help in a respectful manner. His help has been invaluable to me and my recovery.
I was matched with Jeffrey Craven based on the issues that I was facing. I am comforted to know that he has also experienced physical, sexual abuse, and domestic violence during his lifetime. I believe that because he has personal experience with what I am going through, he can help me overcome my issues.
His 28 years of experience is also valuable to me, because that shows that he is very knowledgeable and knows what he’s doing.
The fact that he has overcome his issues, and is able to help others overcome theirs, gives me hope that I too, can overcome my issues and face what has happened to me in my past.