Mental Health Counseling
Jane Charlton, LPC, NCC provides effective mental health counseling for clients who face many different types of situations including relationship problems, depression, anxiety, emotional regulation, job frustration and transitions, trauma, loss of a loved one, unexpected setbacks, self-esteem issues, anger control, perfectionism, difficulty with decision making, self care, existential questioning and aging challenges.
As a therapist, Jane Charlton enjoys helping clients to identify and reach their goals in counseling. Jane believes that each person is an expert on their own life. Consequently, Jane uses a strengths based counseling approach to help clients achieve their goal of moving forward in life.
Jane has completed the level II training in Gottman Method Couples Counseling and uses that approach with couples. In terms of psychotherapy modalities utilized, Jane tailors her approach to the client’s unique situation and needs. Psychological research shows that client success in therapy is more dependent on the quality of the therapeutic relationship than the modality of therapy. Therefore, Jane strives to provide a comfortable and supportive environment where a client can speak freely and consider new approaches to existing barriers to their happiness.
Jane has worked with many clients who found great benefit in mindfulness training. What is mindfulness? It is the experience of living, truly living, in the present. This involves an appreciation of the present and the ability to recognize thoughts as temporary and often flawed, rather than treating every negative thought as the undisputable truth. For clients who are interested in the freeing experience of mindful living, Jane can provide daily exercises to create a greater ability to stay in the moment and not constantly think about past and/or worry about the future.
Another focus of Janes practice is to help clients to identify, challenge and correct unhealthy core beliefs about themselves and other people in their lives. Often, people cling onto negative self-talk and irrational thinking patterns that are self-defeating. Through cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), clients challenge their negative their self-talk and learn new ways of thinking and living.
For some clients, faith and spirituality are a critical resource during difficult times. Jane is inspired by the ways that her own faith has helped her to be more courageous and hopeful. If a client wants to discuss the bigger questions of life and faith, Jane can provide support and, hopefully, guidance to assist the client in their spiritual journey. Faith is a personal matter but talking about one’s own beliefs and questions can be empowering and uplifting.
It is a great privilege to work as a therapist. Jane enjoys talking to people and learning about each person’s unique life journey. This is a second career for her, as a fun personal fact, Jane worked as an attorney for over 25 years. Jane enjoyed her legal career, but she is quoted as saying that ‘My heart is truly with the work that I do now. I feel incredibly blessed to help people to build stronger relationships and more positive thinking patterns. I look forward to working with you.’