JACQUELINE M. CARMONA
You may have traversed upon my profile for the purpose of looking to regain (or find for the first time) one of the elusive concepts that every buzzworthy article of the week sites as the “key to happiness” or the newest formula for feeling unstuck (concepts that often include a sense of meaning, connectedness, peace, joy, zest, certainty, significance, confidence, passion, stability, acceptance, and balance, etc….their lists go on). Being that we have not met (at least, not yet), I cannot predict what it is that you are searching for or what led you to Beth Lewis’ Therapy Group. But I can tell you a little bit about me and how I believe there is strength and resiliency innately within every person, especially within you for having begun this search….
I was raised by a relatively young and single “military brat” mother, moving between Galveston and San Antonio, Texas for most of my life (until making my journey here to Fort Worth in 2015). Having felt somewhat helpless to constant change and witnessing a loved one struggle with depression, I felt (naively) compelled to obtain a Bachelor’s in Psychology in search for a “fix” to depression and difficulties dealing with change. Very quickly, I realized no simple “fix” or one-size-fits-all formula for happiness exists. From that initial pursuit, to my Master’s degree in Counseling, and up until now, I have worked with (and learned from) people of very diverse backgrounds. From survivors of various traumas, individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, at-risk youth in the community and juvenile justice systems, to good old fashioned folks just trying to get out of existential muck. Though one simple solution was still amiss in all of these experiences and encounters, I did discover human nature’s remarkable resiliency. This realization helped to inspire a personal pursuit of my dormant strengths and resiliency that has translated into my current self-care regimen. From my affinity for nature and hiking, raising two hyperactive yet subjectively adorable dogs, practicing mindfulness in yoga, to surrounding myself with music (as I once pursued singing the Blues and Rock & Roll).
The bottom line is that if you are here for a simple “fix” I cannot provide that promise. What I can promise you is the following: I won’t bullshit you. I will use appropriate humor (if you allow me to, of course). I will always meet you where you are at in the therapy process, whether it be challenging unhealthy self-talk or defining and working towards acceptance. I will welcome creativity with open arms. I won’t use any fancy jargon or diagnosis (unless that is important to you). And lastly but most importantly, you won’t have to face what brought you here alone, doing my best to help you rediscover your innate strengths and resiliency that can help you in this therapeutic journey while I walk alongside you.