Jill Perry, LCPC, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Jill Perry is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and received her Master of Arts in Counseling, Specialization in Forensic Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology. A native New Englander, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bay Path College in Longmeadow, MA.
While the majority of Jill’s work is with individuals healing from trauma and its impacts, she has experience working with a wide variety of difficulties, including substance use issues, anxiety, depression, sexuality and gender identity, and grief. Jill works through an integrative therapeutic approach which incorporates elements of Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and is trained in EMDR. She has experience working with a variety of adult populations in both individual and group settings.
Her areas of specialty include:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Body Image/Body Acceptance
- Depressive Disorders
- Gender, identity, and sexuality related concerns
- Relationship difficulties
- Stress Management
- Substance Use Issues
- Trauma (including Complex trauma)
- Women’s Issues
Jill is an in-network provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield.
My approach to therapy is based in the following principles:
- The capacity for growth and healing is innate and hardwired. Life events and circumstances often disrupt the natural processing of challenging material.
- All behavior serves a purpose. As a result of unanticipated, unpredictable, and/or uncontrollable life experiences, we may resort to what become maladaptive strategies to try to manage our pain.
- The therapeutic relationship provides the ingredients necessary for healing to occur. By approaching relationships with my clients in an authentic and nonjudgmental way, trust and safety are fostered and healing can begin.
- Maladaptive coping patterns can be changed. The brain’s capacity to constantly learn and develop throughout the lifespan permits old behaviors to be unlearned and new techniques to become learned.
- Change is scary and uncomfortable, but people are resilient. When we are able to see ourselves as capable of changing our circumstances in a positive way, we can learn to tolerate the discomfort of change to promote a better way of living.
Keeping the above principles in mind, I approach therapy from a genuine place of curiosity and compassion, for it is only with curiosity that we are able to move from “What’s wrong?” to “What happened?” and then “What next?”