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  • Meet Jan Laws

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    What Is Pinnacle Counseling?

    The Pinnacle Counseling logo is symbolic of my mission and vision as a professional counselor.

    I use pinnacle as an action word meaning to lift or raise up. It is the action of my client and I working together to reach their goals.

    I provide the “lift” through support, insight and guidance. They do the work of “rising up” through the necessary changes to reach their personal goals.

    My Mission

    It is my mission to help every person I work with become their vision of their best self.

    As a professional counselor I value:

    • the healing power of the therapeutic relationship
    • a safe, encouraging and empowering atmosphere
    • respect for the individual

    When I am not in the office I enjoy:

    • reading (or listening to) a good book – especially historical novels
    • listening to my favorite podcasts – the ones that make me feel welcomed, connected, and challenged
    • sitting on the deck watching the wildlife come to eat the neighbor’s evening offering
    • spending time just hanging out with family
    • traveling traveling and traveling. And there are still so many places to go and experience
    • watching a gorgeous sunrise or sunset. Both bring me a sense of awe and peace.

    My Credentials

    I am a Professional Counselor licensed by the State of Missouri. My physical office is located in a neighborhood just a few blocks from the heart of the historic district of downtown Lees Summit. Also, Telehealth services extend to anyone physically located within the state.

    My Clinical Professional Counselor license awarded by the State of Kansas allows me to provide Telehealth services for anyone physically located within the state.

    My education and training in Counseling began with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Followed by a Master of Arts degree in Counseling through Webster University.

    Beyond formal education, I continuously seek out  professional trainings that grow my knowledge and skills. They make me a better therapist. Trainings include: EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Advanced EMDR trainings and Levels 1 and 2 of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Together these inform my ability to treat trauma, developmental wounds, and attachment issues in ways that focus on the uniqueness of each client.

    I maintain Board Certification with the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). And passed both the National Counselors Exam and the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam.

    I am a Certified EMDR Clinician.

    My Story

    Being a Therapist is not my first professional career, but it is THE one I believe I was designed to have. What can be better than the privilege of walking with my clients along their journey of healing? In my view, not much! I see many reach their goals. And I hear of the trickle down positive effect their efforts have on their personal relationships.

    It was my own experiences as the client that motivated me to begin the pursuit of a Master of Arts degree in Counseling. That was 2002. Until then I had never considered ending the professional career path I was on. That path was one that I found much value in doing. I had developed in a leadership role. It seemed to be a place where I wanted to stay for the rest of my working life.

    Why did I choose to be the oldest student in undergraduate classrooms?

    It was 2 years earlier when my comfortably settled life imploded. Everything I counted as secure and certain collapsed and I almost went down with it. In that dark and desperate time I reached out for help. That reach led an appointment with a therapist. Quite coincidentally, that day was also one in which a critical life decision had to be made.

    I’ve not forgotten how this therapist leaned into my story with kindness and acceptance saying “I cannot tell you what to do, but I can promise to walk this journey with you.” Many well-meaning friends, family, books, church leaders and others had given advice on how to move forward. NO ONE had promised to walk it with me. I was no longer alone.

    Studies have shown that a major factor in the change that occurs through therapy is the quality of the therapeutic relationship that develops between client and therapist. My desire for every client is to recognize and appreciate their individuality. To build a trusting environment where my clients can freely express their hurts, thoughts, and dreams without judgment. I seek to join them on their journey through the concerns that brought them to my door or computer screen.  We celebrate together when they have reached their goals and it is time for them to fly solo.

    Next Steps…

    Whether you choose to work with me or another therapist I share my story here to encourage you. Find a counselor you are comfortable with and let them walk with you on your journey. You don’t have to do it alone.

    Are you ready to take the first step?

    My Values

    Compassion

    Compassion is expressed in non-judgemental presence and listening to understand what is being said. I strive to show compassion myself and I encourage you to practice compassion for yourself.

    Acceptance

    The power of acceptance allows growth and change. It is the product of trust between you and me in the Therapeutic Relationship.

    Perserverance

    Therapy is sometimes difficult, you may stumble along the way, you may find obstacles in your path. If you persevere you will complete what you set out to do. I will be with you along the way. You will not be alone. You set the pace. I will not, cannot, out run you.

    Christianity

    I value and respect all people and their religious or atheisms preferences. I believe we all have much to learn from each other, I will provide you with a Christian perspective in my professional counseling and consulting if you request it.

    Reach out to me today!

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