How does therapy work?

 

All of Holistic Therapeutic Services, PLLC are conducted online, we use a HIPPA compliant platform called TheraPlatform, to conduct video sessions with you in the comfort of your home. This may seem like a strange way to do therapy as we always think of therapy as sitting on the couch chatting directly face to face with someone, but doing therapy online is actually beneficial in many ways. This also allows us to provide therapy at a reduced rate as we do not have to have staff at an office, just a therapist. Your therapist will be in an office setting, and you can connect with them from anywhere. 

              ~Online therapy eliminates the need to travel to an office, have a babysitter, miss time from work or school as you can schedule easily around that and have a session on your lunch period so it increases the likelihood that you will engage in therapy easier as you have less barriers thus giving you better outcomes for therapy.

Are you ready to start your process of healing, if so please take a peek at the book online tab and see if you can find a time that will work for you. Once you schedule an appointment you will get an email from our counselor with instructions of how to access our HIPPA compliant platform. You will complete your intake paperwork all online, including a digital signature. Once that has been completed you can instantly send a message to your counselor and they are notified that the paperwork is completed. Then you will log into Theraplatform when it is time for your session and you will be connected with your therapist.

Here is a little bit about our counselor!

Jennifer Barajas MS, LPC

Welcome! Thank you for taking the time to get to know more about me. My name is Jennifer, I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the State of Michigan. I earned a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and have been practicing in the mental health field for over ten years. I have worked in a variety of settings; schools, prisons, home-based, outpatient, crisis response, addiction centers and private practice. I have the most experience working with complex trauma/abuse issues, PTSD, anxiety, depression, conflict resolution, family conflict, and sexual issues. I also have experience working with multicultural, physically disabled, youth, elderly, and LGBTQ populations.

I use a person-centered, holistic, multicultural, and eclectic approach in treatment, providing you with the best care tailored to your needs. I use evidence-based techniques including cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavioral, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, seeking safety, “classical” counseling and solution-focused counseling. I would describe myself as direct, but I am always empathetic, non-judgmental and supportive. I can push you past your comfort zone to resolve the goals you have set for yourself in therapy to assist you in creating a new healthy lifestyle!

Working together we can accomplish your goals. Thank you again, I look forward to meeting you and beginning your journey of self-awareness and healing.

Jennifer Barajas, MS, LPC

Experience

Licensed Professional Counselor 

I am licensed in the State of Michigan. I completed coursework as an undergraduate in criminal justice administration, then completed my master's degree in mental health counseling. I completed two internships at at a local domestic violence agency and rape crisis center, in addition to an internship with individuals who had a diagnosis learning disability and were incarcerated. I have practiced counseling for the past 10 years. I have attended training for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Home-visitor training, Seeking Safety, Lies That Bind, Empowerment for Advocacy with Survivors, Sex Offender Dynamics,Trauma Lens for the Mental Health Practitioner, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and Perinatal Mood Disorders. 

Qualifications

2019 - Present

Private practice counseling, consultation, independent contractor for mental health counseling.

2014-2019

I provided Brief Solution Focused therapy to individuals in crisis situations, supervision of others providing brief solution focused therapy.

2011-2014

2004-2009

I provided group leadership for individuals struggling with chronic mental illness. 

I provided family engagement therapy and substance abuse therapy at a local organization, using CBT, DBT, MI, Trauma focused therapy (seeking safety), and Lies that Bind. 

2009- 2011

I provided substance abuse and sex offender psychotherapy. Additionally worked in the area schools with children that were victims of abuse using trauma focused care.

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Contact Us

Grand Rapids Office: 616-209-8343

Jenniferb@holistictherapeuticservicespllc.com

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