Ignite Podcast

In January I got the idea that a podcast might be fun to do. This feels like less pressure to me then video and six months later I finally recorded my first one! It was much easier to do than I had thought and I had a couple clients inspire me to record a meditation as they both use those to decrease anxiety and ground themselves. I have one other meditation I want to record and then I think my third podcast I will cover how I use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) in my practice since it is a newer technique I have been trained in that I’ve seen some really positive results from. I welcome my readers and listeners to submit topics they might like me to cover. Right now I think my goal is to do one podcast a week if I can. This might help me update my blog more as I can add written content as well as promote the podcast. As always I appreciate finding new ways to support my clients as we all continue to heal and process all we have been through this past year.

With Gratitude,

Jasmine

In Person Versus Telehealth

When thinking about therapy, a person would normally imagine two people sitting diagonal from each other. One speaking their truth and the other taking notes on a tiny pad of paper with a pen. For some, that might be how therapy is, but for others, it can be more interactive. I asked a few people what therapy meant to them and whether they preferred it in person or telehealth during this crazy world that we all live in. It was an even split between which they preferred over another but they are both equally productive in their own unique ways. 

In person therapy allows for the person seeking the help to see who they may be talking to and for some, they feel they can be more open during in person sessions. One of the few interviewed said, “In person allows someone to pay more attention to the person talking, less distractions than at home where you can purposely distract yourself with other things.” They make a great point. If a person is in an environment that isn’t their own, they are more likely to focus on the task at hand rather than finding things to do and avoiding the session all together.

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Whereas some prefer telehealth due to the fact that they feel they can be more free in their speech due to being more comfortable in their home. One said, “I don’t mind telehealth as long as video is being used in order for me to see who I am speaking to”. But it doesn’t always have to be a video call, it can be a normal phone call. It has been noted that most teens would pick telehealth over in person so they don’t have to leave the comfort of their bed and it allows them to be more open in an environment they trust.

Each person has an opinion about which they feel more comfortable doing and that is completely okay. Having someone from the outside perspective to talk to can be beneficial with the pandemic and quarantine. Even if you don’t believe in counseling or whatever it may be, be sure to check on your family and friends during this crazy time. Maybe someone you know could use an outside friend, whether it is in person or over a screen because you never know who is hurting inside until you talk about it.

New Updates for Ignite, LLC

20191004_144657This coming January 20, 2020 Ignite, LLC’s hours will fall Monday through Friday as Jasmine opens her private practice full time leaving the hospital setting.  What does this mean for current clients?  Saturdays will not be an option however Jasmine will be able to provide evening sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30pm and 6:30pm.  Jasmine will be attempting to get in network with additional insurance panels including Kaiser, Trillium, and Medicare (currently she is in network with Aetna, PacificSource, Providence, Optum, OHP, MHN, and Regence BlueCross BlueShield).  Jasmine will open a waiting list in December to start scheduling clients the week of January 20th.

Jasmine will be expanding her practice to focus on supporting health care workers, graduates working on licensure, and support groups including caregiver support groups, young adult, and teen groups (more information about these will be posted after the new year).  She will also start incorporating play therapy and more artistic therapy modalities.  Thank you to everyone for being flexible and as always, continue to take good care of yourselves!  fb_img_1570614857167

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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