"I was blessed with a birth and a death, and I guess I just want some say in-between."
Since 2002 I have worked as a helping professional. My work experiences have led me through homeless shelters, substance abuse treatment centers, mentoring programs, and inpatient psychiatric hospitals. In these various settings, I realized how one on one therapeutic relationships can be inspiring and have deep healing potential. These professional experiences, coupled with my own positive counseling experiences, is how I found my calling as a psychotherapist.
I graduated from Naropa University in May 2015 with an MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology. I was drawn to this university due to the Eastern Psychology, Buddhist, and Mindfulness Meditation focus- primarily, how we can incorporate these theories with our Western Medicine. Upon graduation, I moved back to my home state of Idaho and started my private practice the fall of 2015.
In my counseling practice, I most commonly utilize Transpersonal Theory, Gestalt, and Mindfulness. This framework is helpful to strengthen intuition, body awareness, and deepen one's insight of their emotions. My perspective views all aspects of human experience as real and valid. I enjoy utilizing the 'here and now' to develop understanding between one's internal and external world. Through these understandings, our system of beliefs can be illuminated which gives important information regarding how we move through the world. Utilizing Mindfulness during counseling sessions allows for practicing practical ways we can potentially effect our neurobiology by observing our somatic (physical) sensations. My belief is that overall mental health can be achieved once our mind, body, and spirit is in alignment within ourselves.
On a personal level, I spend my free time reading, hiking, exploring various mindfulness practices, watching comedies, traveling, and connecting with loved ones.
~Jamie Van MA Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Boise, Idaho