JordenAnne Elliott, MS, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Having witnessed the impact of stereotypes and cultural differences throughout her travels and childhood upbringing abroad, Ms. Elliott developed a desire aimed at wanting to help alleviate suffering in those who have experienced trauma, traumatic grief, or emotionally distressing events. To peruse her desire to help others on their journey of healing, Ms. Elliott received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, GA. She then earned her Masters of Science in Clinical-Counseling Psychology from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA.
While completing her Master’s degree, she worked within the hospital setting serving individuals suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts, posttraumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, and anxiety-based disorders among other things. She also worked in the partial hospitalization treatment program in order to overcome alcohol and substance abuse. While working in these capacities, she noted most individuals have experienced trauma related events in some capacity.
Since the completion of her degree, Ms. Elliott has been working in the field of Counseling since 2015, with a specific focus on trauma informed interventions and treatment. She has worked in the outpatient and intensive in-home setting while perusing licensure. She has experience working with individuals ranging from ages 5 to 70 years of age presenting with a wide variety of psychological presentations including trauma-based disorders, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, suicidal ideations, bipolar disorders, gender identity disorders, and borderline personality disorder. Understanding therapy is not one size fits all, Ms. Elliott tailors her approach to fit the unique presentation of the individuals entrusting her with their treatment.
Ms. Elliott’s practice is strengths based, and it is her hope to assist you in healing from traumatic and/or distressing experiences while fostering and building resiliency. Her primary interventions are based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to challenge unhelpful thoughts, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to promote emotional regulation and distress tolerance, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to promote psychological flexibility in line with personal values. She places heavy emphasis on learning distress tolerance and mindfulness which become the foundations of meaningful, lasting success. Additionally, she believes understanding brain development is essential to understanding how individuals react to their environment and make choices about their lives. Trauma has a profound effect on brain development and chemical functioning and creates a blueprint for how individuals will react to stressors in the future. Some of these reactions may assist individuals with surviving the moment; however, the schema formation makes it much more difficult for them to thrive in the aftermath of their trauma.
Ms. Elliott’s goal as a therapist is to address you, the client, as a whole being versus just treating symptoms of a diagnosis and to provide support in your growth as a human being. She recognizes it is much harder for us to show kindness and compassion for ourselves than it is to judge because we feel we are not strong enough to push through with a smile. With that in mind, she tailors her approach to meet the unique needs of you as an individual. Ms. Elliott hopes to assist you with learning how to extend the kindness you give to others to yourself while fostering resiliency. She looks forward to working with you on your journey of healing.