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Mirissa Jackson

Licensed Certified Social Work- Clinical

Welcome, this is Mirissa Jackson, a Licensed Certified Social Work- Clinical. Ms. Jackson is from Chicago, Illinois, where she obtained her bachelors at Western Illinois University and her masters at the University of Urbana Champaign in Social Work with an emphasis on clinical mental health.

Ms. Jackson has seven years of experience as a mental health professional and four years as a clinical therapist. Ms. Jackson is eager to engage minorities in the process of healing institutional, generational, and systematic trauma. In sessions with Ms. Jackson, she allows her clients to take off their mask, suits, and uniform and be themselves. During the session with Ms. Jackson, you will have an opportunity to explore change and address issues that are most important to you. Together the both of you will develop a realistic plan for change that will ascend you in your mental health journey.

Jackson’s experience stems from a variety of settings including substance use rehabilitation facilities, children’s residential centers, prison settings, and military base installations.

Ms. Jackson’s interventions utilized include specific treatment modalities such as, but are not limited to Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior, Seeking Safety, Strengths-Based Approaches, and Brainspotting.

Ms. Jackson’s approach to therapy is simple; She is committed to the mental health, emotional well-being, and general wellness of her clients. This understanding coupled with her formal training and life experience arms her with the unique ability to meet you where you are on your mental health journey and help navigate you toward your desired goals.

Aside from therapy, Ms. Jackson is an avid world traveler who enjoys connecting with new people and learning about different cultures. Ms. Jackson in her free time loves to read and volunteer.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): a type of psychotherapy (talk therapy) that has a solution-oriented approach and aims to help process patient struggles from both a cognitive and behavioral perspective. The goal of CBT is to address negative thoughts (cognitive) or behaviors (behavioral) that are causing distress and focus on encouraging practical steps toward solving the problem at hand while tackling the anxiety that it may be causing. The basis of CBT rests on the idea that thoughts and feelings are what influence behaviors.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): a type of psychotherapy (talk therapy) similar to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that is centered on mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. The goal is to reduce emotional distress and relationship struggles.

Mindfulness: a set of practices based on meditation that centers on bringing attention to the present moment, independent of both the past and the future. The goal is to become aware of thoughts as they arise but not attach judgment to them—noticing thoughts in this way may help reduce anxiety and stress surrounding them.

Trauma: informed mindfulness: a form of mindfulness that aims to allow an individual that has experienced trauma to focus on the present and separate the traumatic experience from the past, and the current moment.

Somatic Experiencing: a body-based therapy used for individuals who have experienced a traumatic event or situation. The basis of Somatic Experiencing lies in the understanding of an immobilization response we sometimes perform in response to a threat; when this occurs, the release of this immobilization is what allows us to return to our normal state. However, when we are not able to release this, we are constantly in a state of tension and ready to receive a threat. The goal of Somatic Experiencing is to mobilize the body and release the tension and trauma held within the body, and to process the emotions that occur as a result of this.

Brainspotting: a type of alternative therapy that uses spots in a person’s visual field to help them process trauma. It accesses trauma trapped in the subcortical brain, the area of the brain responsible for motion, consciousness, emotions, and learning.