JENNA COOK, M.ED.
Licensed Professional Counselor - Intern
Adulting Program Director
While my work as a counselor encompasses all ages and stages of life, I primarily work with students facing anxiety, depression, inattention, and the struggle to balance school, extracurricular, social, and home life. I work with elementary-aged children on developing routines that work for the whole family and focus a great deal on teaching parents how to provide structure that works to motivate the “unmotivated” child. I work with middle and high school students in areas such as executive functioning, distress tolerance, social skills, emotion regulation, and developing the overall skills essential to resilience and independence. I partner with many college-aged young adults as they navigate dating (including online dating and same-sex relationships,) career goals and uncertainties, sexuality and gender exploration, questions of faith/spirituality, anxiety, depression, "perfectionism" and "people-pleasing." One of my unique areas of skill and interest is working with clients who are intellectually and/or artistically gifted and find themselves feeling bored, disengaged, or out of place. I also work especially well with students that have perfectionistic tendencies or those experiencing a great deal of external or self-imposed pressure to succeed academically.
My approach is rooted in person-centered therapy, with elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT,) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT,) and solution-focused therapy. We will partner together to process emotions, problem-solve, and develop new ways of thinking and coping. I aim to truly connect by learning with you and from you and/or your child, while providing tools and strategies to lead to realistic solutions. My personal and professional mission is to meet you wherever you are with empathy and authenticity and to problem-solve in a way that works for you. In searching for someone to share your story with, you are taking the first, and often most difficult step.
Prior to choosing a career in counseling, I worked in numerous roles in the summer camp setting. From leading fun and growth-filled games for children to facilitating powerful team-building activities for high-schoolers and college students, these experiences instilled in me a passion for human growth and connection through shared experiences. I continue to love the outdoors, as well as creating and discovering art, exploring new restaurants, and sharing adventures with my dog and my husband—whom I met at summer camp!
I completed my undergraduate degree in Family Studies with a Psychology minor and my Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lamar University. I am finishing up my clinical hours as a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern and am a National Certified Counselor. My LPC-Internship is supervised by Cynthia Powell, Ph.D., LPC-S. In addition to providing individual and group therapy, I serve as the Adulting Program Director at The Conative Group, where I work with a variety of young adults with executive functioning difficulties, including those on the Autism Spectrum, who are on the pathway toward adulthood and independence.