My Story

Compassion and determination brought me to where I am today.  I have a desire to work with others -- not to rescue.  (I'll save the rescuing for the stray animals that find me!)  My experience in education, in corporations, and in my personal life have all contributed toward the way I work with my clients.  I value being genuine and stating my observations, but doing so in a way that builds relationships and allows others to guide the decisions in a rhythm that works for them.  I want to show respect to all my clients, and teach them to show respect to themselves -- right now; just as they are.

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Jenny Hanson, M.A., LPC

Jenny Hanson is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas.  In 1996, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and attained her teaching certification for grades 1-6.  She taught fourth and fifth grades in a Title 1 school, and coached Destination Imagination teams for her students.  Afterward, Jenny accepted positions in human resources and office management while teaching children on the weekends.  She graduated from Amberton University in 2014 with a master’s degree in professional counseling.  During her time in graduate school, Jenny spent eight months working as a practicum student at a psychiatric hospital in Dallas, where she gained experience with the trauma inpatient unit.  She also spent three months at CounselingWorks in North Dallas as a practicum student.

She has worked with many severe mood disorders, dissociative disorders, addictions, and personality disorders involving clients who have had self-harming behaviors and suicidal ideation.  In her experience at the psychiatric hospital, multiple diagnoses were usually addressed simultaneously.  She was hired by the psychiatric hospital, where she continued to work on the inpatient trauma unit, and then managed the trauma partial hospitalization (outpatient) program.

In the summer of 2015, Jenny began working with a company to provide individual and group counseling to those on probation.  During this time, she also started meeting with clients in a private practice setting.  This developed into a full-time opportunity, as she was seeing individuals, couples, and families -- as well as conducting groups for trauma, depression, and anxiety.  Because of her background in education, she also began working with children ages 7 and older.  She is now with a group practice in Rockwall where she accepts clients from elementary school ages to senior citizens.  She loves working with individuals, couples, and families.  She currently resides with her daughter and a few rescue animals.

Jenny has developed a style of being accepting and compassionate, but firm and direct.  Her nonjudgmental approach is appreciated, as there are many factors involved in working through past and present issues.  Knowing that no issue is too major or too minor allows her clients to experience a safe environment.  Her clients’ values and goals can be turned into a treatment plan for healthy relationships, assertive communication, and clarified identity.