I believe that life is a continuing process. There is an actualizing tendency in all of us and people, given the right opportunities and the right environment, are always moving toward the realization of their personal potential in their lives, careers, and relationships.
My theoretical orientation is primarily humanistic and person-centered; I place a high value on the relationship and interaction between the client and the counselor. I strive to create a warm, genuine and empathetic environment that allows the client to work towards his or her goals in counseling.
While I am primarily person-centered, I may also utilize techniques from other theories to address the particular needs of a client. Using an integrative approach ensures that the best possible techniques are utilized to address the client’s needs.
In my career, I’ve worked as a professional writer and editor, educator, graphic designer, and sculptor. For a long time, my challenge was that I was equally capable of doing all of these things and felt the pressure to settle on just one. I eventually came to understand that, to be happy and whole, I needed to express all the facets of myself.
I have experience working with people from a variety of cultures. I spent two years teaching English as a Second Language in the International Student program at Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch. It was a wonderful experience, and it was there, working with students of varying cultures, that I came to understand and appreciate their cultural differences.
I am licensed by the State of Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern under the supervision of Shahidrah Cowgill, LPC-S. My psychotherapeutic experience includes working with clients in the Austin and Dallas areas. Some of the issues I treat include adolescent struggles, depression, existential anxiety, grief and loss, career and life transitions, and relationship issues. I presently offer my therapeutic services at Fundamental Foundations Counseling Center, PLLC in Frisco, Texas.
One of my passions is serving the social and emotional needs of gifted children, adolescents, and adults. The gifted often have life experiences and face challenges and anxieties uncommon in the general population. As a counselor, I have had considerable training to prepare myself to work directly with this particular group. I also manage a popular website on giftedness: www.adventuresingiftedness.com
I earned my Bachelors degree in Creative Writing and Philosophy from the University of North Texas. I have a Masters of Arts degree in Professional Counseling and another Master of Arts degree in Professional Development, both from Amberton University. I recently completed my doctoral classes in Educational Psychology at the University of North Texas, where my research interests focus on creativity, giftedness and talent, and moral development. I am presently preparing my dissertation.
I am currently accepting clients, and I am available for sessions in the evenings and on Saturdays. I enjoy making a positive difference in people’s lives and would welcome the opportunity to work with you.
If you would like to make an appointment to meet with me, please contact me at:
469-305-0605 or JBishop@TheFFCCenter.com