Janet Ferguson, LMFT
Change can be exciting… and intimidating. After 25 years in Denver, CO, I recently moved to Indiana. It has been a big move!
Starting therapy is also a big move. It's NORMAL to be nervous. Therapy is unlike any other experience we have as human beings. After all, you're coming to an unfamiliar office to try to trust a stranger with your secrets, fears and emotions!
I will do my best to make you feel comfortable, heard and accepted. You will be treated as an equal.
My favorite quote says it best: “Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals… Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” (Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times)
Your life experiences and interactions with other human beings have shaped and affected your life from the minute you were born. By dictionary definition, any event that has had a lasting negative effect on the self or psyche is by its very nature “traumatic.” These events create extreme stress in the body and mind and memories of the event can trigger reactions, emotions, beliefs and physical sensations that existed on the day the memory was originally created. I want to hear your story and how your experiences may have gone unrecognized, unheard, and unprocessed, and how these experiences have shaped who you are. Then, we can move forward with who you want to become.
A Little Bit About Me
I grew up in Central Illinois, graduated from Northwestern University undergrad in 1990 and then from Regis University in Denver, CO, with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2013. From there, I have had many experiences as an intern and then a private practitioner – in elementary schools, a high school for pregnant and new teen moms, crisis centers and counseling centers. In my private practice, I specialize in working with domestic violence survivors and trauma/PTSD/C-PTSD sufferers, intergenerational trauma, and love working with children, teenagers, couples and families. I have special expertise with narcissistic abuse, coercive control, and relational trauma. I am trained in and use EMDR as an effective treatment method when appropriate.
My counseling style is client-centered/systemic and completely trauma-informed. When working with children, I use a combination of play therapy, solution-focused therapy, and attachment theory. When working with couples, I primarily employ Gottman’s marital principles and Sue Johnson’s Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT). With families, I use play and art therapy, along with emotion-focused family therapy. With all clients, I use narrative theory as my foundation and am always conceptualizing using a systemic, multi-cultural lens. In 2016, I was honored to receive the Colorado Marriage and Family Therapist of the Year Award, given by the Colorado Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
I also was humbled to receive a special Innovation in Counseling Award in 2013 from the Regis University Alumni/Student Counseling Alliance (RASCA): “Throughout her academic career at Regis, she has found ways to advocate for people when she has witnessed racial discrimination, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and discrimination due to poverty. She sees injustices and then acts so that she can empower those that have been marginalized and address instances of oppression that she witnesses. She is a role model for action.”
What does all of that actually mean? It means I want to give you HOPE -- for a whole, healthy future free from stuck traumas and negative beliefs that may be holding you and your family back from living the life you deserve.
I look forward to meeting you and thank you for welcoming me to Indiana!