Jennifer M. Wakeman, CDP
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I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
I am a recovering Californian who has come to enjoy the diverse seasons, the many outdoor activities, the fresh air, the greenery, and the great food the Northwest offers. Washington is now and will always be "home" for me. I completed my bachelor's degree at California State University (CSU) Sacramento in Psychology and earned a Master's degree at Lewis & Clark College in Counseling Psychology. The emphasis of my studies and practicum were on children, adolescent's, and families. However, I also supplemented my education with courses in addiction studies as I quickly came to realize how many individuals and families are plagued by substance abuse issues. My clinical experience has been "earned" working in schools, the community mental health system, as well as in outpatient addiction treatment programs that were partnered with the legal system, including Drug Court.
About my practice
I now solely work with adults and I am dually-credentialed as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Chemical Dependency Professional. I believe in tailoring treatment interventions to each individual's unique needs, preferences, and circumstances. I feel strongly that one size does not fit all, and it is up to each person to find their own path to recovery. I feel fortunate to facilitate and witness my patient's process of self-discovery and self-improvement.
How I thrive
I thrive by regularly practicing self-care. This means time alone when needed, and time away from work with others who are also positive and thriving. I enjoy being pampered with manicures, pedicures, occasional massages, and good food. I enjoy getting lost in books, movies, and out on a boat with my husband. Exercising and yard work help me to get out of my head and reconnect with my five senses. I also enjoy traveling with my husband and I try to reconnect with family members in California at least once a year.
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