Josh Jennings

 “The good life is a process, not a state of being. 

It is a direction, not a destination.”

~ Carl Rogers  

At times life can seem unfair, overwhelming, and impossible.  I know I have faced all of these feelings at one time or another.  Be it issues in a relationship, within your family, or within yourself we most often are unable to reach resolution on our own, we need a nonbiased third party to help bring clarity and direction to the situation and help develop a plan to overcome.  I love a quote by Nelson Mandela, “It always seems impossible, until it’s done”.  This is so true!  In my experience one of, if not the biggest barriers to resolving issues is discouragement.  Counseling offers a space free of negativity, judgement, guilt, and stress that will allow you to face the problems of life and as well as guidance, direction, and support to allow you to reach your goals and be the best individual you can be.    

I ascribe to a simple approach to life and that comes through with my style of helping. Equipped with a wide range of therapeutic styles and trainings I view myself as a toolbox full of tools to help you reach your goals in a timely manner.  I strive to build a partnership with those I help and I work with individuals in every situation with the understanding that they are the expert on themselves and their situation.  I come alongside the individual and walk through situations with them in order to gain insights and understanding to help find solutions as quickly as possible.  

It is my belief that there are no problems that can’t be dealt with given the time, effort, and resources.  I hold this belief because I’ve seen the success for those who do the work time and time again over the past 15 years. There is hope!

What to Expect from Me…

As a counselor…

My counseling personality is one that is very direct and transparent.  Counseling is a major investment in your, relationship, family, and yourself so I work diligently to devise a treatment plan that addresses your presenting issues in a very timely manner at the same time working with your busy lifestyle and allowing time in session to address your concerns of the day.  The first way I help is by letting the individual know that everyone faces difficulties in life, myself included and that they have a support system which I will be a part of. I have been afforded an abundance of experience in different areas of counseling that has allowed me the tools to help with many concerns.  

In marriage counseling…

In the marriage session I offer the point of view that each partner holds 50% of the decline of the relationship so they in-turn hold 50% of the solution.  I do this even when infidelity is involved so that blame, guilt, and penance isn’t the focus of the sessions but the focus is restoration.  I am very blunt and transparent about controlling the dialogue so that it remains positive therapeutic direction.  Not much is accomplished when two individuals sit and spew hurt and blame on one another.     I am a huge believer that every marriage that can be saved should be saved, however I do understand that is not possible in every situation.  When divorce is imminent I work with couples through divorce care to allow the transition out of the marriage to be as healthy as possible for everyone involved.       

In couples counseling…

In the couple’s session I offer a judgment free space to allow each individual to voice their concerns and state what they would like to see addressed while in counseling.  I then offer insight and direction from the information I gather in the session resulting in the formation of goals for both the individuals and the relationship as a whole.  After seeing the couple for 2 to 3 sessions I then break off and see the individuals in a one-on-one basis to allow transparency and directness with myself as well as concerning the relationship.  after these individual sessions I will meet again with the couple together and present a treatment plan and the tools needed to work that treatment plan as to reach the goals we set together. 

In divorce care…

 In the divorce care session, I help individuals cope with not only the process of divorce but also the full range of emotions that come with the dissolution of a marriage.  Most look at dealing with divorce as one overwhelming occurrence however it’s really unfolds in three stages.  The first comes when the divorce is presented.  At this point emotions surrounding acceptance is the focus of the sessions.  The second occurrence to be dealt with is the divorce itself, learning how to deal with your soon-to-be ex-partner and the logistics of separating two lives.  This is especially difficult when children are involved.  The third and final occurrence begins the day the divorce is final.  This is when the individual begins the work on becoming an independent person and the task of building a life as a single person begins.   

In family sessions…

In the family session we begin by meeting the entirety of the family regardless of if they are going to be in counseling or not.  This is to ensure that everyone feels apart of the family and no one feels left out.  This first session is a information gathering session where I get a snapshot of the family dynamics and how each individual “fits” in the family structure.   The second session is with the parents only and this is where we discuss therapeutic goals and what is hoped to be gained from therapy.  After this we will begin to meet as a family or a subset of the family to work toward reaching the goals that we have set. 

 Dealing with sexuality, and sexual issues… 

Sexuality is a very subjective and fluidic thing today.  Sexuality within the self, the relationship, even within marriage is a topic that needs to be dealt with respectfully, pointedly, and without judgment.  This holds true for sexual issues as well.  From erectile dysfunction, pornography/sex addiction, struggling with sexual identity, to feelings of guilt that are associated with sex there is a wide range of topics that can arise around the topic of sex.  I work with individuals in a judgment free, solution focused manner to address their concerns and develop a treatment plan that will allow them to manage or overcome their specific situation.  I also take into consideration an individual’s faith and how that faith addressed or interacts with their identity in connection with the issues they are dealing with.