Janet Leavell Jergins, M.MFT., LPC, LMFT

Jonathan Cogburn, M.MFT., LMFT
April 2, 2015
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Janet Leavell Jergins, M.MFT., LPC, LMFT

Janet is licensed by the Texas State Board of Marriage and Family Therapists (1993) and by the Texas State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (1992). She a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is an Approved Clinical Supervisor. Janet earned a Bachelor of Science from Lubbock Christian College (1976) in Biology and her first career was in Medical Technology. She enjoyed working for several years at Baylor College of Medicine as a research technician in a biochemistry lab, where her work was published in five articles in prestigious biochemistry journals. In 1988, she earned a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University. Janet began her career as a therapist as the Program Manager at Noah Project, a shelter for victims of domestic violence. She then worked for Hendrick Medical Center for five years in their in-patient behavioral health hospital, as a Family Therapist and later as a Program Director. There, Janet honed her skills in treating people suffering with mood disorders and addictions. In 1995, following the close of Hendrick Behavioral Health, Janet opened her private practice. For the next three years, she also directed a crisis intervention team which contracted with Hendrick Emergency Room to assess and refer patients with mental health crises who were patients at the emergency room. In 2008, she co-founded Turning Point Counseling and is a managing partner.

Janet Jergins’ areas of special interest include mood disorders, addictions, couples therapy, blended family issues and children ages 3-17. Janet has completed Level I Clinical Training by John Gottman, world renowned researcher in the field of marital stability. She has done extensive training in play therapy, and is especially interested in helping children of divorce. Janet is most likely to employ techniques from the disciplines of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology, Child Centered Play therapy and Emotionally Focused therapy. She is also interested in the development of the self and follows the work of Richard Schwartz and his work in Internal Family Systems when treating clients with a history of severe trauma.

In addition to maintaining a full time practice at Turning Point Counseling, she serves as Adjunct Faculty at Abilene Christian University in the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy, where she has assisted in the supervision of the clinical experience of more than 250 therapists in training.

Janet has been married for 21 years and is the mother, foster mother, adoptive mother or step-mother of five wonderful and accomplished adults. Ten grand-children are deeply loved by her and her husband, Phillip. Janet is also an artist-in-residence at Mike Lanier’s Studio 13, and plays the Middle Eastern drums with her friends.

Janet regularly contributes to the Turning Point Counseling blog.

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