Meet Jamie Peters • LMFTA

Professional Ballantyne NC Counselor & Therapist

Jamie Peters

HEY THERE! I’M JAMIE!

I was born and raised in Palm Coast, FL until I attended college at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting.

Growing up in an artistic family, I immersed myself in all modalities of art as a form of self-care. Finding it therapeutic, I researched ways to incorporate it into my professional career and soon after found my passion for art therapy. I moved to the San Francisco Bay area, where I then earned a dual master’s degree in both Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy.

CERTIFICATIONS AND TRAINING INCLUDE

Healing Through Art: My Journey to Becoming a Therapist

Throughout my journey to becoming a therapist, I faced several health issues that almost put my life and career on hold. In 2013, I was involved in a serious car accident, which I struggled to bounce back from. I dealt with PTSD, anxiety, and amaxophobia and found myself in a challenging position.

Finding peace in art, I was able to externalize my thoughts and emotions to create transformative pieces of work that I can now look back on and see my strength. Along the way, I dealt with other various medical issues that led me to discover Medical Family Therapy. After experiencing firsthand what it could do to not only me but my family, I became deeply interested in helping others who have family members struggling with their health.

From Crisis to Clarity: My Expertise & Specialties in Mental Health Counseling

My professional career began in the Bay Area, where I worked for the last six years in very acute inpatient hospital settings and outpatient programs for all ages. Throughout these years, I provided group and individual therapy utilizing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

During that time, I primarily worked with individuals to provide stabilization and crisis interventions at the onset of their mental health. I assisted them in understanding their diagnosis on a deeper level. A huge portion of my time in hospitals was also spent on the phone with their family members. I provided them with psychoeducation about what was happening with their loved ones and gave them space to externalize their thoughts and feelings.

During my last year in California, I had the opportunity to help create an Intensive Outpatient Program where I led the Art Therapy department for transitional-aged youth and young adults. Here, I was able to work with clients on a deeper level and found a passion to help others struggling with identity and purpose in life. Individuals came to the program looking forward to the art therapy groups, stating that “it was their time to just let the emotions be and get lost in the process of creating.”

Additionally, I tailor other areas of my work around an array of mental health issues, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, and bereavement/grief.

Jamie Peters

Establishing Trust: My Client-Led Counseling Approach

My strength as a counselor is the ability to build rapport with each individual while actively listening and attending to their needs. I allow each client to take the lead in a session while guiding them on their way and challenging them when appropriate. I make sure that each client I work with is not only working on themselves in session but practicing self-care daily outside of the therapy room.

I consider my counseling approach to be relaxed, non-judgmental, and one that allows the client to feel comfortable in a safe environment. This allows both the client and myself to have full transparency in sessions while we reflect and develop strategies and coping skills.

I offer both remote and teletherapy sessions to help with all types of lifestyle needs. Weekly and bi-weekly sessions are highly recommended in the initial stages of treatment, with the ability to adjust and change over time. When my clients are not in session, I often recommend they use Marsha Linehan’s DBT workbook or journaling to help them challenge negative thoughts/beliefs.

Mindfulness & Artistic Expression: My Core Counseling Beliefs & Values

Jamie Peters

In my work with DBT and CBT, I incorporate art therapy tailored to each client’s needs. I love to use a variety of materials, such as painting, collage work, and photography. Integrating art therapy into these therapies provides a laid-back, non formal approach that my clients tend to gravitate toward.

Depending on the needs of each session, I also enjoy mindfulness techniques, music therapy, bringing sessions outdoors, and traditional talk therapy to allow each individual to express their raw emotions. When working with children, I have found sand play to be not only a fun experience for them but also very informative for the counselor, showing insight into their growth and behaviors.

I believe that not all healing has to come from conversation but can be discovered nonverbally through evidence-based art. My goal is to help bring awareness of our unconscious minds through visual representations to aid a better understanding of feelings, behaviors, and positive changes in our lives.

Expanding My Horizons: My Career Aspirations for the Next Decade

In the next 5-10 years, I want to gain more experience and certifications within the therapy discipline. I hope to become EMDR and Brainspotting Certified, while growing in the trauma field.

Most of all, my goal in life is to continue reducing the stigma of mental health and motivating others to grow positively. I firmly believe everyone should have a safe space to express their thoughts and feelings, whether in counseling, through self-care, or with family and friends. No one should suffer in silence.

Family, Photography, & More: My Personal Hobbies & Passions

When I’m not providing mental health counseling, I spend as much time as possible with my husband and daughter exploring our new home, Charlotte, NC. I love going to new restaurants, concerts, and anything outdoors. Running has become my main form of self-care.

My favorite hobby is photography. Over the last ten years I have been a professional photographer for families on the side. Being able to capture timeless memories for others brings me so much happiness.

When my family has time, we love traveling to see the different cultures of each country and try new cuisines. So far, Costa Rica has been our favorite. When we aren’t traveling, I am devoted to helping my daughter carry out her dreams of being an Olympic gymnast.

Jamie Peters

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