Hope Venetta has 25 years of experience working in mental health, organizing continuing education activities for psychotherapists. This inspired Ms. Venetta to transition to a new career as a psychotherapist herself. She is currently a graduate student in her final year of study in the Clinical Mental Health Program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Ms. Venetta works with all diagnoses in therapy, and some of her special interests are trauma work, including the mind-body connection, religious trauma, premarital and couples counseling, racial identity issues with African Americans, and career counseling. She is certified as a SYMBIS Facilitator (Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts) and is certified in Psychological First Aid from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Intervention Style & Therapy Experience: Ms. Venetta has experience facilitating self-acceptance groups and goal-setting groups for individuals and couples. In her therapy work, she combines her passion for building self-esteem and self-acceptance with the structure of goal setting and steady movement toward goals. Ms. Venetta believes everyone has the ability to create a vision of the change they want in their lives, and take steps to make that vision reality. Her role is to help both on the structural side of that process, as well as the emotional side. At times, our thoughts and feelings impede the life we want for ourselves, and Ms. Venetta helps people explore this impact and ultimately change thoughts and feelings that interfere with reaching those goals. At other times, mental health symptoms such as anxiety, depression, etc. impede, and Ms. Vendetta seeks to work with individuals to reduce those symptoms though using empirically-validated treatments such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills, and taking a Family Systems approach when applicable. Ms. Venetta seeks to assist clients presenting with all diagnoses and life concerns, working with clients on the full range of behavioral, emotional, family, and wellness-related issues they may seek to change in their lives.