Meet Yvette Jackson, MS., ICADCII, AMFT
Upon meeting Yvette Jackson, MS, ICADCII, AMFT, it’s hard not to notice her inviting demeanor which communicates a level of warmth, openness, and safety. As a Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, she gingerly invites the broken, the wounded, and despondent to share their pain and begin their healing journey. She easily connects with her clients, while also respecting and honoring their willingness to share and seek help. Ms. Jackson’s desire is to be a vehicle to facilitate the healing process.
Described by her colleagues and family as being passionate about her work with children, adolescents, couples, and families, Ms. Jackson has an interest in working with individuals across their lifespan. She values working with those who are faced with trauma, mental/emotional health problems, transitional issues, domestic violence, alcohol and other drugs (AOD). Additionally, she specializes in almost all areas of substance abuse, addictions from total abstinence and harm reduction, dual diagnosis, relapse prevention, co-dependency and working with Children/Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA). Besides her authentic and genuine style of working with clients, she also incorporates a variety of modalities ranging from motivational interviewing, dialectical behavior, family systems approach, and supportive therapy.
Her Personal Journey
As a mother of four, she states, “I can attest to the unexpected ways life pops up and throws one off guard. Starting out as a teen mother, the drive to not be a product of my environment was a constant force. The commitment to break out of the vicious cycle was crucial in order to create a better future for my children." Ms. Jackson’s tenacity speaks volumes. While residing in the State of Washington as a single mother, Yvette pushed to obtain her GED. She then pursued her Associate Degree in Chemical Dependency at Pierce College as a first-generation graduate. Additionally, Ms. Jackson created a curriculum for “Teens against Tobacco Use” which focused on Prevention Intervention and was implemented throughout the Bethel School District of the State of Washington.
Stepping out on Faith
After considerable thought, Ms. Jackson, decided it was time for a geographical change. There was no definitive plan nor support but to start anew and continue her quest for knowledge and helping others. Stepping out on faith, Yvette relocated with her children to Jacksonville, Florida where she resumed her calling to help women, children, and their families. Acquiring employment at Gateway Community Services, an addiction treatment center, she first began her work experience administering intakes and assessments in the Detox Facility as a Substance abuse Technician, providing services for voluntary and involuntary clients who entered treatment while under the influence of substances or in withdrawal from them. Advancing to a Data Manager, Yvette was the first point of contact in which she also conducted intakes and assessments for outpatient clients. Subsequently, she obtained her Bachelor’s in Human Services and Master’s in Mental Health both from Spring Field College. She acquired multiple certifications some which include International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II (ICADC-II), and Global Assessment of Individual Needs (GAIN). Shortly after the completion of her degrees, she was promoted to Counselor, where she began working closely with a 6-month residential program called Pregnant and Post-Partum Woman (PPW) in conjunction with Gateway Community Service. In addition, Yvette provided individual sessions, case management and facilitated groups to outpatient and aftercare clients. For the last two years, Ms. Jackson has worked for Kaiser’s Permanente’s Chemical Dependency Program as a clinician.
Yvette’s motto: “Don’t Give Up”
Yvette Jackson’s pearls of wisdom based on her personal experience as it pertains to parenting and single mothers are, “Don’t give up! There is no perfect way to parent and you are not alone, even as a single parent.” After watching all her children graduate and venture off to college, Yvette found herself once again stepping out on faith to relocate back to the West Coast here in California securing employment as a therapist, which she is quite passionate about. One motivating scripture Ms. Jackson has always referred to is Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me".
“From working with the underprivileged/homeless communities to highly successful individuals and their families; I have counseled all walks of life. I am thankful for my faith, hope, and beliefs that have enabled me to continue on this path and feel deeply honored to assist my clients on the road to complete wholeness.”