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Jill Lebar, MA, LMHC

Therapy Approach:

“Freedom is what we do with what has been done to us.”  Jean-Paul Sartre.

It’s pretty simple.  As a psychotherapist, my main goal is to decrease suffering.  My second goal is to facilitate an increased sense of meaning and purpose in each individual client’s life.

I care deeply about each person I connect with.  More broadly, I am insatiably curious about The Human Condition: birth, growth, emotions, relationship, agency, responsibility and mortality.  My career in counseling came out of my desire to understand the Human Condition and how each human being experiences it.  I want to know and comfort people.

My style of therapy, at its foundation, is existential and humanistic.  I believe that goodness, strength, and the potential for growth is inherent in us human beings.  But often we need help to recognize it and nurture it in ourselves.

With warmth, acceptance, respect and empathy, I welcome individuals into the therapeutic relationship where I support them to develop better life-skills; to make choices that reflect self-esteem and to adopt new behaviors that demonstrate self-care.  These skills lead to less suffering and greater satisfaction in their lives.  My experience doing talk-therapy is supplemented by multiple modalities:  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) offers structure; guidelines, activities and alternative behaviors for clients to practice, not only in therapy sessions, but in day-to-day life.  Many people find CBT’s worksheets and homework to be extremely helpful, even comforting.  Art/Expressive Therapies enrich clients’ lives through the creative process.  By making art within the psychotherapeutic relationship and beyond, clients are encouraged toward free self-expression and self-exploration.  Somatic Therapies facilitate a deeper connection between mind and bodily sensations.  Once this connection deepens, individuals can begin to create a deeper sense of self-awareness and wholeness.  This therapy is particularly helpful for those who have experienced trauma.  Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful tool for integrating traumatic memories which keep people stuck in counterproductive emotional states and behaviors.

If you enter a therapeutic relationship with me, together we will develop a plan using the modality or combination of modalities best suited to create a more fulfilling life for you. Because isn’t that why you are reading this, after all?

Specialties:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Body image
  • School/work issues
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Chronic and life-threatening illness
  • Mortality
  • Grief/loss
  • Major Mental Illness

Get to Know:

I love nature and live in wooded hills.  I love all animals, especially dogs.  I’m passionate about history and art.  I draw and paint as a way of taking care of myself.  I completed my Master’s degree in expressive/arts therapies at Lesley Graduate School in Cambridge MA.  I have over 35 years of clinical counseling experience helping adults of all ages dealing with basic adjustment to major mental illnesses.  My specialty is supporting adults and elders who are coping with depression, anxiety, grief, loss and chronic, acute, and terminal illnesses.  I also work with young adults coping with transitions (such as school and career), substance use, relationship issues and self/body-image.

My disarming style quickly puts people at ease and they feel safe to begin the transformational work of personal growth.  All of this sounds very serious, but be warned!  You might have some fun with me.  I have a great sense of humor.  I believe laughter is essential to the healing process. It can quickly transition our moods in a positive direction, relax our bodies, and deepen our connections with each other!

Professional Training:

  • Trained EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Clinician
  • Master’s of Arts, Art/Expressive Therapy (Counseling Psychology) Lesley College Graduate School, Cambridge, MA
  • Double Bachelor’s of Arts- Psychology and Studio Art, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
  • Certificate in Gerontology, University of Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
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