September marks eight years since I’ve started my private practice counseling endeavor. I want to start by thanking all my past and present clients who have shared their lives with me! It is a honor and privilege to do what I do. Over these eight years my practice has gone from part time to full time, private pay to accepting insurance and every thing in between. I’ve been able to hire an administrative assistant, utilize Insight Medical Billing for billing purposes, and I’ve hosted support groups for grief, young women’s empowerment, vision boards, and most recently a trip to the Demolition Zone (a great way to release frustrations). My office have moved from Country Club Road to Charnelton Street in Eugene, Oregon. I’ve been able to work with a professional production company, Blazing Heart Productions to create a video to help promote the work I do. More recently I’ve honed in my practice to specialize in adolescents and have been providing Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy. Grateful to have stayed healthy during this pandemic so far and I have continued providing in person as well as telehealth sessions. Love that my office space offers enough room to stay socially distanced. With isolation as one of the major challenges of this pandemic, I find it even more essential to offer in person services for folks who feel comfortable to do that. As always, take good care. Jasmine
This week I wrote my first meditation which can be heard on my podcast. Decided I would put the words to this mediation here:
I am a rock in a river…water rolling over me as leaves pass above me…fish swim by. The dirt beneath me…the birds sing as the wind picks up….the smell of the woods, water, of nature, the air, the green foliage. The river flows into a lake which slows the current and the water warms in the sun. The trees stand tall as the wind ruffles the leaves, as one slowly falls to the river below…
I am a rock in a lake, beneath the fish, birds, prey. I am smoothed by the rushing of water and rocks beside me. I am one in a million and still uniquely different in color, shape, and where I am in the world.
As the sun sets, the day cools, the crickets and frogs sing. Shadows cast making new colors, hues through a different light as the last rays of sun fall behind the hills and the moon and the stars begin to show themselves. The water cools and echoes. Creatures sleep as others wake for the night. Different sounds surround me. The air is a little more still.
I am a rock on the edge of a lake beneath the twinkling stars in a sky that is limitless.
The moon shines brightly over head and is full and round. At the waters edge there is the sound of water against the fallen tree limbs, between the reeds of grass.
I can be seen amongst the other rocks, my colors change with the light’s reflection on water with indigo, forest green, and sienna.
As the night recedes, a new day approaches. I’m reminded of all the opportunities before me, the past behind me, and here, where I am…..I am still…Calm. Present. Hopeful.
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.
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.
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.
This 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!
In 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,