Jessica Hair, M.Ed,, NCC, LPC
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all" - Dale Carnegie
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. I earned a master of education in clinical mental health counseling from North Carolina State University in 2012 and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2009. I also recently earned my certification as a clinical military counselor.
I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings including an outpatient clinic, intensive in-home counseling, day treatments, and schools. While I have worked with a variety of ages, these settings have allowed me to specialize and develop a passion for working with children, adolescents, and families. I am skilled at helping children and families with a variety of concerns including oppositional behaviors, trouble focusing and completing tasks, improving family relationships, separation anxiety, trauma, and difficultly managing emotions. I also have experience helping children of military families address challenges unique to the military lifestyle such as deployments and moving. With that said, I enjoy working with individuals of all ages. I have experience addressing a variety of concerns that include depression, anxiety, mood disorders, relationship issues, stress, trauma, self-esteem and body image issues, grief, and life adjustment concerns.
I employ an eclectic approach to counseling and tailor the interventions I use to the unique needs of the individual. I value client centered therapy, as this form of therapy is based on creating a nonjudgmental and empathic environment that allows you, the client, to drive the pace and direction of therapy. I also use strategies from dialectical behavioral therapy including mindfulness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance skills. I also find art therapy helpful with self-expression, personal growth, and healing; I incorporate these techniques if you express interest. In my work with children, I frequently utilize play therapy techniques in order to help them process their feelings and learn important skills in a developmentally friendly way.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, spending time in nature, hiking, traveling (especially to the mountains or the beach), cooking, and spending time with my family and friends.
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