Jennifer Oates MS, LPC Associate

Supervised by Heather Murphy, M.A., LPC-S License #70166

Counseling for Adults and Couples

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About Jennifer Oates

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We can’t always prepare ourselves for the challenges we face in life. We might feel like a failure or a disappointment while we struggle, especially when many times these challenges directly or indirectly involve the people we love most. You might feel silly or ashamed reaching out for professional help, putting pressure on yourself to continue handling your challenges alone.

You don’t have to face your challenges alone! My goal in therapy is to empower you to reach your goals and face your fears individually and in the context of your unique support network.

Therapy can be challenging no matter what life stage, occupation, culture, or gender you identify with. In our work together I hope to create a therapeutic environment that fosters strong feelings of mutual respect and trust as we address concerns or frustrations you’ve encountered along the course of your life.

I take a collaborative approach to diagnosis and treatment to keep you highly engaged and motivated throughout our work together. We will mold tools and exercises from our sessions to your life experience to meet you exactly where you are and help get you where you want to be.

Ultimately, I want you to leave each session being kind to yourself. While some days it might not feel like it, you are the expert on you. I can only hope to serve as a guiding force along your journey to self-fulfillment in your academic, professional, and/or personal life.

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Jennifer's Focus

When it comes to relationships with our loved ones, feeling like you don’t belong or aren’t safe to express your authentic self can create significant distress. I work with individuals and couples who struggle with chronic feelings of loneliness, emotional numbing out, and “people pleasing” to increase feelings of agency and self-confidence in relationships.

To get the relationship you want with yourself and others, we begin by generating awareness and understanding of the problem that’s bringing you to therapy. Next, we test new skills and develop more helpful patterns of thinking to treat the root of your symptoms at both an individual and relational level.

Each session will be about celebrating victories as much as addressing barriers to change as you move towards identifying, embracing, and expressing yourself. 

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Jennifer's Other Specialities

I work with adult men and women to manage any combination of anxiety, ADHD, substance abuse, relational difficulties, and trauma. As a solution-focused therapist, I create short and long term therapy goals with you not only to increase the likelihood of achieving therapeutic success but also to empower you to stay well upon termination of counseling.

I incorporate trauma-informed mindfulness practices such as brainspotting, CBT-informed exercises, and motivational interviewing (MI) into my work.

More About Jennifer

When I’m not at the office I spend my time reading, snuggling with my pets, and planning my next foodie adventure!

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History And Qualifications

Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies and Global Public Health from the University of Virginia in 2017. She stayed on at the University of Virginia the following year to complete an accelerated Masters of Public Health program with a concentration in research, which led her to work on several NIH, DoD, and CDC funded grant projects in different Texas healthcare centers before transitioning to the field of counseling.

Graduate Degree: Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Houston- Clear Lake

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Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies and Global Public Health from the University of Virginia

What Clients Are Saying

Knowledgeable, Friendly, And Ensures That I Am Comfortable

It has been a wonderful experience with my therapist. She is knowledgeable, friendly, and ensures that I am comfortable during every session. I cannot say enough how thankful I am to have found her and go through the therapy journey with her. The billing team has been very helpful with handling my medical insurance questions and making the process seamless and smooth.

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