Jessie Brunelle, MSW, LCSW

May 01, 2020 | 0 comments

PERSONAL APPROACH

I think as human beings, we long for connection and belonging. Our experiences and the meaning we give to our experiences influence our attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and relationships. I wholeheartedly believe in the therapeutic power of nature. As a teenager and young adult, my personal journey and struggles with mental health led me to seek relief in the outdoors. Nature has many gifts it gives to us, and it helps us mindfully reconnect with ourselves. Our bodies communicate with us and learning how to reconnect the mind and body is and essential part of the therapeutic process. The most rewarding moments I have had with students have occurred in the wilderness or while working with animals, especially horses. I have a passion for equine-assisted psychotherapy and have incorporated horses into individual, group, and family work in the past.

I describe my personal therapeutic approach as eclectic and draw from many theoretical approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, narrative, person-centered, and solution-focused therapy. I am certified in Attachment-Focused Therapy and have extended training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I believe in strengths-based perspective, and am inspired by the resiliency of students. I have experience working with students who navigate challenges with mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, executive functioning deficits, substance use and addiction, attachment, trauma, and conflict in relationships. I see the therapeutic relationship as being the most important aspect of therapy. As such, I strive to create strong connections with my students and families through a curious, supportive, and nonjudgmental manner.

PERSONAL INTEREST

I am a proud Idaho native, and on my down time I enjoy spending time in the outdoors. You can usually find me rock climbing, bouldering, or mountain biking. I also enjoy hiking, white-water rafting, backpacking, and camping. My family is very important to me, and loving the teaching, playing, and exploring I get to experience in my new role as an aunt. I also enjoy running, yoga, and am attempting to learn how to play the ukulele. I enjoy brewing my own kombucha, pickling vegetables, and trying new recipes. I love animals and grew up riding and showing horses. My quirky and frisbee-loving dog, Leela, can also be found following at my heels on various adventures. Those close to me would describe me as fun-loving, compassionate, caring, humorous, and courageous.

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