Take a moment to meet Jenn and get some insight into her local business. She is a warm and inviting person that immediately makes you feel comfortable. Her goal is helping others feel good about themselves…we could all use some that:-) We had a great time on this photo shoot on Market Street at the Red Tree which has tons of great props and backgrounds.
1. In a nutshell tell me what is it you do and where clients can find you in Louisville?
I am a licensed clinical social worker and a certified yoga teacher at the 200-hour level in Louisville. I see both adults and children/adolescents. I focus on mindfulness and other alternative approaches for holistic care.
Adults are seen at Full Circle Holistic: 2110-B Bardstown rd. 552-8211
Children are seen at Strong Minds Psychology: 6500 Glenridge Park Place 40222 614-7600
More info on my website: jenmcveigh.com
2. How did you get into therapy/counseling?
I have always been passionate about helping others. Throughout my life I have been a dedicated volunteer at different non-profits. When I was in college and was introduced to social work I knew it was exactly what I wanted to do. I dropped the English major and never looked back. I have long thought of my profession as being in service to others.
3. What kind of jobs did you have in the past?
Wow, how far back are we talking here? J I have had a slew of jobs over my life but for most of my professional career, prior to starting my own practice, I worked for Hosparus. Initially as the social worker for the pediatric hospice program called Kourageous Kids and then as a grief counselor at the Hosparus Grief Counseling Center. In these roles I was privileged to work with patients and families going through the most difficult times.
4. Who are your potential clients?
I do a lot of work with anxiety, stress, difficult life transitions, grief/loss and depression with both kids and adults.
Recently I have developed a Mindfulness program for kids and will be starting another round of classes in May.
Additionally, in April/May I will be starting a teen group for girls dealing with anxiety, stress and depression.
And this summer I will be starting a therapeutic yoga group for women.
5. What would someone expect out of therapy sessions with you?
I like to help people feel comfortable. It can be hard to talk to a stranger about your deepest thoughts, fears and insecurities. I often incorporate yogic breathing and practices into my work with adults and kids. Additionally I use essential oils as part of treatment. With children I use play therapy and other art interventions. I am creative and fluid- each client I see has different needs so my approach is unique to them.
6. What do you find the most challenging about your profession?
One of the most challenging parts of my profession is practicing what I preach. I am always asking my clients how they practice self-care and challenging them to experience new ways to do this. We can’t be there for others if we are drained emotionally. Healthy self-care provides us with the opportunity to fill up the tank and keep truckin’.
7. What do you love most about it?
I love being able to listen to people for a living. And I love getting to be creative. Generally, I like being helpful. I am a big believer that we are all teachers and students. I learn something from my clients every single day and that is an honor.
8. What do you like to do in Louisville when your not helping people?
I like yoga and taking walks. I like baking and making my own products from essential oils, shopping and hanging out with friends. Mostly I love spending time with my family, watching my boys grow and doing general “mom” stuff.