Life has its up and downs and navigating through it alone can feel isolating but with help from a clinician and support from family and friends you can find ways to cope in a more functional and positive way.
I provide a safe, nonjudgmental, client centered, multi perspective, and integrative approach.
Each person has their own stories to share through their own life, childhood, and cultural experiences such as roles, hierarchy, religion, and collectivism vs. individualism. Furthermore, other important factors includes expectations, societal pressures, and various inner struggles ( i.e.. low self esteem, abandonment issues, fear, family dynamics, communication, and/or negative ingrained core beliefs, etc.) which makes each and every individual unique.
I try to help by guiding each client through their therapeutic journey with identifying each individuals uniqueness and strength and helping them to explore and conquer their unresolved core issues that maybe causing a barrier in living a fulfilled life. I believe any progress; little or large is a form of improvement. It shows that someone is at least trying rather than completely giving up.
Seeking help is a sign of courage and following through with treatment is a phenomenal accomplishment one can do for themselves and loved ones.
My focus are adults, children, and families who are suffering from grief and loss, life transitions (divorce, blended families, behavioral and school issues, etc.), or trauma (from domestic violence or sexual abuse) who are working towards stabilization. In addition, I would like to provide counseling to individuals who are facing multicultural or acculturation issues. My parents were immigrants and I have relatives who have moved to the U. S. for a better life. I am bilingual and speak Korean fluently. Furthermore, I am open to seeing the aging and or individuals who suffer from disabilities due to my past experience in the last few years working in social work with such population.
"It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can manage change."
Changes can be scary but at the same token it can be enriching and also lead to a positive outcome such as moving, changing careers, accepting a promotion, meeting new people, or even when you start counseling (different emotions may be triggered) but sometimes some unplanned abrupt changes may happen which may cause significant stress but a clinician may help by working with you through these changes.
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counseling you could regain the motivation and joy back into your life. Hopelessness is one of the leading cause for depression. I think it is important to explore the meanings for life because it gives you the will to work towards a personal goal.
"Those who have a why to live can bear with almost any how."
Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. I can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing.
Relationship counseling can be beneficial to individuals and families who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection, in all stages of their relationship. Therapy sessions are held with individuals or families and is a supportive place to discuss issues and solutions to better strengthen your relationship.
Services offered are individual and child and family counseling.
First few sessions are spent to gather information, build rapport, and in addressing immediate concerns and what may have brought you into therapy.
If the services you need may be out of my scope due to lack of knowledge or expertise, I will let you know and make the appropriate referrals.
My treatment modalities are cognitive behavioral therapy, accelerated resolution therapy, mindfulness, solution-focused therapy, play therapy, and family systems therapy.
My office is located in the Pugent Mental Care which also specializes in psychiatric med management. If you would like to see a med provider in the same location, you are welcome to but if you already have an outside provider that is fine as well. If you need to make an appointment, here is the link to the clinic.
Please contact us with questions.
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
8:30 am – 2:00 pm
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Jenny Cares Counseling Services,
Jennifer Paras, MA, LMHC
(inside Puget Mental Care)
5702 N 26th St Suite A
Tacoma, WA 98407