Greetings, my name is Ayana Jackson and I welcome the opportunity to work with you in your desire to live a life with intention, passion, and purpose. I work with high school teens, and adults to help them move through the obstacles and challenges of life while maintaining a connection to the people and things that matter most.
I help clients learn to:
Identify the inner experiences they have that keep them hooked to their current way of being. (Think thoughts, memories, body sensations, etc.)
Identify the go to outer experiences they use to avoid those inner experiences. (Think sleeping, eating, procrastination, endless scrolling, etc.) Spoiler alert, this does not work long term.
Identify personal values that align with who they are and the kind of life they want to lead.
Tune-in to emotional and body experiences through Brainspotting to release built up trauma and implicit reactions that no longer serve their highest good.
Be present in the NOW without excessive worry for the future or regret for the past.
Call on their strengths while practicing love and compassion for self and others.
Commit to taking intentional action over and over again…
Learn more about the modalities I use in sessions below.
Who I Serve
Being a teen can be hard! There is so much social pressure that young people can get caught up in. For teens it is essential that they have a strong sense of self identity as well as a connection to personal values. Knowing who you are and what you stand for helps teens to better navigate the experiences that don’t align with the direction they have for their life. They learn to get better at making decisions based on what matters to them, not what everyone else is doing.
Sometimes people get to the big 40 and start to wonder, “What am I doing with my life?”
That’s okay, but it can be a hard place to be. It can be especially hard when on the surface it looks like you have a great life yet you still feel something is missing. Often the missing pieces are passion & purpose. I’m not talking about going to work so you can have a roof over your head kind of purpose either. I’m talking about a purpose that goes beyond the mundane and fills you with peace and joy.
Often, the shared experiences of others provide us with the opportunity to see different perspectives. Group counseling is a way to leverage your time while connecting through the shared experiences of others in a way that allows for accelerated personal growth. It provides an avenue for deeper understanding and support. Typically, group sessions last 1.5-2hrs and meet for 6-10 weeks.
Main areas of focus:
Coming of age(aka adulting)
Trauma; recent, past, childhood, adverse childhood experiences
I offer a free 15-minute consultation and would be happy to chat with you about your concerns. If you’re not quite ready for therapy, but want to start work on your own, check out the resource section. Also, be sure to sign up for my monthly blog posts below.
I truly wish you well on your journey!
11042 Manchester Rd.