Janelle Watson, LMFT
As a client-centered Licensed Clinical Therapist, rapport building is very important to me. I believe that relationships are a key component to our ability to thrive. Some of the biggest stressors in our lives are associated with the relationships we have with our partners, our families, or within ourselves. I prioritize building and maintaining a rapport with my clients so they feel confident in the safe space we’ve created. I work with teens, adults, families, and couples struggling with self-esteem issues, anxiety, and breakdowns of trust and communication.
My journey to becoming a therapist began when I started providing sexuality education to teens, parents, and professionals. While I loved being able to help large groups of people gain a better understanding of how to make more informed decisions about their bodies and relationships, I knew that there were barriers to change that needed to be addressed on a more individual basis. Now that I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I am able to combine my vast practical knowledge of sexuality and relationships with my clinical knowledge of how the state of one’s mental health can affect decision-making. I have worked with individuals, couples, and families in social service agencies, non-profit organizations, and as a private practice clinician.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) #98722
Master’s in Clinical Psychology (Specializations in LGBT Affirmative Psychology and Applied Community Psychology) from Antioch University, Los Angeles
Bachelor’s in African American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley
Client-centered and collaborative approach to assessment, strategies, and treatment
Trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused CBT, Motivational Interviewing, LGBT Affirmative Psychology, Sexual and Reproductive Health
I love spending time with my family and friends. I also love going to concerts, plays, and other live performances.
WHAT DREW ME TO THIS WORK:
I have always been a good listener with an open mind. I understand that there are many ways to live and no one way of doing things is inherently better than another. I consider it an honor to be invited to learn about my clients’ lives and collaborate with them on how to make it a little better.
MY COMMITMENT TO YOU:
I understand how difficult it can be to reach out for help and value your time. I am committed to helping you finding what will work best for you based on your core values.
SPECIAL AREAS OF INTEREST:
ADDITIONAL INTEREST AREAS: body image, depression, family conflict, healthy communication, LGBTQ+ communities, relationship issues, parent-child communication, pregnancy and fertility issues, self-esteem, sexuality
SERVICES I OFFER:
Online counseling for individuals, teens, adults, couples, and families residing in California.
I offer online counseling Monday-Thursday in the evenings and Saturday afternoons. Please check my calendar to see what on-going time slots I currently have open.