Jackie Driscoll

“My mission is to help individuals and couples learn to listen, trust, and care for themselves.”

Why I became a therapist

I am a graduate trainee at Adler University, where I am enrolled in their Couple and Family Therapy program. My passion lies in nurturing the crucial relationship we have with ourselves, a connection that often is overlooked and strained. My mission is to help individuals and couples learn to listen, trust, and care for themselves, as I firmly believe that self-awareness and respect can have a profound positive impact on our wider social communities. Effective communication of emotions, wants, needs, fears, and boundaries is the cornerstone of building healthy relationships. By empowering people to cultivate these skills, it acts as a catalyst for transformative change within partnerships, friendships, families, and communities. I recognize that various obstacles can hinder contentment in a relationship, such as grief, betrayal, or the challenges of raising young children. Even in cases where couples choose to part ways, the tools and insights gained from marriage and family counseling can continue to benefit individuals, extending their positive influence outward to the community. My aspiration is to equip my clients with the ability to shape the trajectory of their relationships through intentional time, active listening, and effective communication. Together, we can pave the way for stronger, more fulfilling connections and a greater sense of contentment in life.

Who I work with

I wholeheartedly embrace the profound impact of relationships in our lives. Whether it's individuals, couples, friends, parents, or families, these social exchanges shape our existence. My goal is to assist clients in breaking free from negative patterns and past influences, allowing them to grow and thrive. By deconstructing the meanings and impacts of these connections, I strive to offer valuable insights to my clients. Along with couples, my passion also lies in working with adolescents and young adults dealing with self-esteem challenges, self-harm, disordered eating, and substance abuse. Additionally, I am deeply interested in guiding individuals through various topics, including ethical non-monogamy/polyamory, divorce, uncoupling, infidelity, betrayal, sexual trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, boundary setting, transitions, and family dynamics. Through compassionate counseling, I aim to empower clients to lead fulfilling lives and cultivate healthier, more meaningful relationships.

“Through compassionate counseling, I aim to empower clients to lead fulfilling lives and cultivate healthier, more meaningful relationships.”

Working With Me

With a deep commitment to cultural sensitivity, my aim is to foster a warm, harmonious, and inclusive environment where clients can openly express themselves and be truly heard. Recognizing that each person's journey is unique, I strive to create a collaborative space that strikes a balance between comfort and growth, laughter and tears, and connection and boundaries. Drawing from Experiential Therapy and Feminist Family Theory, I take a holistic approach that extends beyond individual perspectives. By shedding light on societal expectations and systems that influence our lives, I hope to empower clients to challenge unhelpful narratives and embrace personal values that resonate with their true selves. Through this therapeutic journey, I aspire to help clients tap into their inner strength and courageously live out their authentic values.

My Qualifications and trainings

  • I received my B.A. from Southern New Hampshire University in Applied Psychology.
  • I’m in my final year of an M.A. at Adler University’s Couple and Family Therapy program. 
  • I am certified in Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 and 2.
  • I have completed Segments 1, 2, and 3 of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Telepsychology Best Practices 101 training series.
  • I am a member of The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) and Illinois Affiliation of Marriage and Family Therapists (IAMFT)
  • I am Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) certified and have briefly taught students 4-13 years old at an Arabic school in India. 
  • My personal interests include traveling, reading, writing, long-distance running, yoga, meditation, guitar, and spending time with my dog, Nancy!

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