Ignite, LLC is celebrating over 6 years of private practice counseling/life coaching services.

17635441_925114810925122_5231406512144647996_oIn my gratitude practice I need to take note that I’ve been doing this for over 6 years now.  My BSW was completed in May 2001 and then I finally completed my MSW in May 2013~even then I hadn’t imagined being able to do what I do today!

Highlights over the last 6 years:
~Meeting so many wonderful people who are genuinely wanting support through numerous life transitions which bring about grief, pain, suffering~ all the while continuing to exhibit such resilience and courage;
~Completing my licensure; the hours of studying, supervision, and client care to get there was a feat I will never forget;
~Supporting teens and parents;
~Walking alongside couples working on relationships & communication;
~Young Women’s Empowerment Class & Vision Boards Groups & Young Women’s Retreat in Florence, OR;
~Talking about the hard stuff, celebrating the joys, and creating space for all of the emotions in between;
~Grief Support Group for Parents raising young adults after the death of a significant other/spouse;
~ And most recently moving to a new office space that is more versatile for individuals, families, and larger groups.

Tremendously grateful for all the support I’ve received over these last six years and looking forward to the years ahead!

My very best,

JasmineIgnite

Ignite, LLC Transitions

It’s time to share some changes that I’ve implemented to my practice as well as how I envision the future of Ignite, LLC…..for now 🙂  I know, it has been awhile since I’ve blogged and it is something I have really missed!

This summer has been a really grueling for me.  As my clients know, I also work at a local hospital on the neurology floor and my officemate retired June 1 and instead of 16 cases to watch over and support I was given 36.  In August I had to move out of my office temporarily as they repair floors/patient rooms etc and unbeknownst to me I was given 4 more patients on the floor below me.

In early August I started reaching out to my own counselor again (David Thompson, LMFT), as well as my Dr. Justin Morse at Absolute Health Medical Center, Becky Howard, NP at the Oregon Medical Group, and more recently hooked back up with Sarah May, my acupuncturist.  I did these things because I found things were off both professionally, medically, spiritually and I experienced what I call extreme compassion fatigue which also looks very much like depression with situational anxiety.

However, there is a light at the end of this tunnel!  Oct 12th will be my last day on the 40 patient neurology floor and I’ll be training at an inpatient rehabilitation center for three weeks starting Oct 16th (average is a 14 patients).  I’m so excited to be getting the chance (again) to train for three weeks with a mentor of mine, Mardy Allen, who has been there for 35 years.  November 6th I’ll be given the honor of utilizing her knowledge~and implement my own in an environment much smaller than where I have been.

So what does this mean for my clients?  I’m working hard to protect my time to stay aware of letting go~ saying farewell to some very dear colleagues is rough!  Preparing for a new job, while exciting ~ also creates a different kind of stress.  Positive stress is still stress.  I’m also very aware the holidays are coming up so for some of my clients, they need to lean in a little more and I really need to make sure I am present for that~ but also for ME.  So I can be there for them.

Transitions are challenging ~right?  Ignite was born out of a stage of transition and grew in leaps and bounds!  I’ve loved this work and the creativity it brings to try new things, to gain new perspectives, to grow alongside some very precious, brilliant, and loving people.

In summary:

  • In honoring my time, I am honoring you so that I may create the most healing environment possible.  This means right now I am not accepting new clients until after the New Year.  I have a small waiting list (that will be integrated in as a few graduate but I have been clear about my intention to support them).
  • I’m asking for help.  This is empowering!  I’ve found some new mentors like Grand Master Lee at the U.S Taekwondo College; he’s challenged me to move from white belt to yellow belt by December 1.  I’m both excited and nervous, but he is wonderful and I can do this!
  • One thing I’ve started but have had challenges with finding a core group of participants is to create more workshops/classes/retreats.  The two that I have done have been really powerful (focusing on vision boards, gratitude jars, journaling, and female empowerment).  I’m hoping to create some more intentional space for this.
  • My next group will be a grief group that meets once a month for parents who have lost partners and are raising/supporting children (of any age) on their own.  I’m thinking a group of 4-5 participants.  Please email me if you are interested (joregonrose at protonmail dot com).
  • Lastly I want to say thank you!  With deep gratitude I feel so honored to walk alongside so many courageous people.  Know that I do this because it works for me.

Always,

Jasmine Rose Penter, LCSW

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Happy New Year

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As I reflect on 2017 I’m looking forward to what 2018 will bring.  I’m beyond honored to have welcomed new clients as well as continue to support some who have been with me since the start (September 2013 to be exact).  What I’ve noticed this year is a deeper understanding of the complexities of grief.  Grief has been one of my specialties – one of those topics I’ve always been comfortable thinking about and in my adult years have pursued looking at how to talk about when my own personal grief shook the very ground I was walking on.  I find the research on healing and trauma fascinating and continue to learn about the neuroscience behind this work (which I fell in love with as I completed my last stent in school).

This last year I put on my first Young Women’s Empowerment Class where I introduced gratitude jars, vision boards, and journaling as ways to pay attention to hopes and dreams, as well as barriers and challenges that get in the way of those very same hopes and dreams.  In February 2018 I’m putting on my first Young Women’s Retreat which will incorporate some of those same ideas however in a different setting~ at the coast in a cozy house where I find healing comes more naturally with the ocean air, the sound of the waves, the quiet, music, creations, and a whole lot of laughing.

So thank you, to everyone walking alongside me as we journey through this thing called life.

With Deep Gratitude,
Jasmine

 

4 Years & Counting

Today marks the 4th year my private practice has been open!  I thank all my current and past clients for walking this journey with me as well as the support of family, friends, and colleagues for trusting and referring clients to me.  It is with deep honor that I do this work and a great privilege to walk alongside the many lives that have intertwined with mine.

 

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If you can make the world a little better, then you have accomplished a great deal.

Summer is in full swing and things at Ignite are going well.  The Young Women’s Empowerment Class completed last month and they liked it so much we are going to continue monthly check ins!  I’m hoping there will be more interest in this class to start a new one this fall.  Here are our final vision boards: 18556764_973500899419846_3954842052511610983_o

I’ve welcomed some new clients recently who are looking for support as they transition out of unhealthy relationships, as well as some couples who are trying to find healthier ways to communicate.  Stress can impact our relationships, how we communicate, as well as how we make progress towards our goals.  Self-care is a must as we manage day to day responsibilities as well as find ways to address the grief and loss in our lives.

One of my favorite subjects is gratitude.  Finding ways to pay attention to what we have rather than what is missing can really make a difference in our frame of mind.  Gratitude jars were a hit in my class as well as many of my clients are tracking gratitude in their journals.   Right now I have a couple more spots open for new clients; I hope that if you or someone you know could benefit from counseling or a life coach that you will contact me!  17635441_925114810925122_5231406512144647996_o