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About Jheri: Primary Therapist

 

Experienced, Seasoned, & Skilled: Specialist in Teen, Young Adult, Family Therapy

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What Others Say About Working with Jheri Bashen-Walters, LCSW-S

 

 

"Jheri Walters is a highly qualified professional and has an amazing work ethic. She has a wonderful personality that allows her to be extremely approachable.  I witnessed her strong sense of clinical judgement, problem-solving skills, and knowledge base. I believe that Jheri’s extensive clinical experience prepared me to become the clinician I am today."

 

Amber Delane, LCSW

-- Former Clinical Supervisee

 

"You are the best therapist I've ever had! I'm really going to miss you. I hope you like your new job. Good luck!"

-- Former Client

"As soon as I had an opening to bring Jheri on board, I jumped at the chance! Jheri was a clinician for teen girls at a program I was the Executive Director for. As the Executive Director, I worked closely with the Clinical Team. It was clear that Jheri had a high level of sophistication in her clinical skills. I believe this is what not only makes her effective in helping teens, young adults, and families, but makes her uniquely qualified in her supervision of other therapists."

Jason Drake, LCSW-S, BCN, EMDR Trained, Certified Brain Health Professional

-- Owner & Lead Clinician Katy Teen & Family Counseling

Personal Background & History

 

I have always known that I wanted to help others due to my life experiences which encouraged me to pursue a career in Social Work:

  • Growing up in a blended family taught me about loss and acceptance,

  • As a woman and bi-racial/person of color, I have learned ways to set boundaries and advocate for myself and others personally and professionally, and

  • As a wife and working mother, I have experienced the importance of managing stress and the need to create a healthy work-life balance. 

 

However, I am not a superhero! As a young adult, I leaned on support from friends, family, and therapists, who helped me become the clinician I am today. 

 

Therapeutic Approach, Education, & Professional Background

 

As I have become a more seasoned clinician since starting as a therapist in 2009, I recognized the importance of moving away from labeling symptoms to viewing behaviors as human experiences. As a result, I do not focus on what is "wrong with my clients" but on "what has happened to my clients." I implement a person-centered approach to therapy to acknowledge my clients':

  • life experiences,

  • family history,

  • gender,

  • cultural background, and

  • spiritual beliefs and how these factors have influenced their life.

 

This approach allows me to collaborate with teens, young adults, families, to create a unique and personalized therapy experience.

Jheri's Clinical Education & Experience

 

I earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers!).  I earned my Masters in Social Work from the University of Houston. I started providing therapy to teens, young adults, and families in 2009. I have worked in a variety of settings as a therapist including:

  • Private Practice

  • Outpatient Specialty Therapy Clinics

  • Structured Outpatient Therapy Programs

  • Crisis Intervention Therapy Programs 

  • Inpatient, Psychiatric Hospitals 

  • Large Nonprofit Therapy Programs

Experience in Treating Emotional Struggles

In the settings I have worked in over the years, I have provided therapy to teens, young adults, and families to address the following issues:

 

  • Trauma and Stress-Related Disorders

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Non-Suicidal Self Harm

  • Problems Related to Social Environment: 

    • phase of life transitions,

    • acculturation stress (stress associated with school/work transition, geographical re-location)

    • social exclusion due to race, gender, sexual orientation, disability,

    • Educational and Occupational Problems

 

When we have negative experiences, we naturally develop protective responses. Unfortunately, these responses can sometimes develop into negative avoidant behaviors. The avoidant behaviors can bring temporary relief yet not address the primary concern.

 

Through the therapy process, I help my clients identify maladaptive coping strategies that negatively impact their lives, develop healthy personalized coping strategies, and a behavioral activation plan to move toward their values and life goals. 

 

In treatment, I approach these issues using Acceptance and Commitment therapy techniques. Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an action-oriented approach to treatment and stems from traditional behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.

 

This process allows motivated clients to perform at an optimal level and focus on their strengths, values, and life goals and find meaning through a diverse expression of emotions. 

Clinical Supervisor

 

I am also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Supervisor (LCSW-S). Part of what drives me as a therapist is mentoring and supervising other therapists working on their clinical hours towards licensure as an LCSW.  

 

I enjoy passing on the best practice skills and approaches that align with the social work values and ethics I honor in my practice. In addition, I take pride in knowing that I am helping to shape the field of Social Work by ensuring highly skilled therapists are entering the workforce.


Specializing in Teen Therapy, Counseling for Young Adults, Family Therapy
Serving Katy, Tx & Houston

 

 

As a part of the team at Katy Teen & Family Counseling, Jheri joins a group of therapists who also specialize in teen therapy, young adult counseling, and family therapy.  With Jheri joining our Katy, Tx office of Katy Teen & Family Counseling, we have 70+ years of combined experience in providing therapy to teens, counseling to young adults, and family therapy.

 

Our office is conveniently located just off of I-10 and 99 a few blocks behind the Academy Sports. For those in the Katy, Tx area, it's only a few minutes away. For those in the Houston, Tx area, it's only a couple minutes once you exit I-10.  

 

Our caring teen, young adult, and family specialists want to help. If you are ready to take that first step and start your counseling journey, you can follow these three simple steps:​

1. Contact Katy Teen & Family Counseling

2. Speak with Jheri Bahen-Walter, LCSW-S

3. Begin teen therapy, counselling for young adults, or family counseling today

Therapeutic Services Offered at Katy Teen & Family Counseling

 

 

At Katy Teen & Family Counseling, we provide other therapeutic and counseling services in addition to teen counseling, young adult counseling, and family therapy. Below are some of those counseling services in addition to other therapeutic approaches in treating a variety or struggles :

 

Call or email Katy Teen & Family Counseling today to schedule an appointment with Jheri Walters, LCSW-S. Take the fist step in a journey of restoring hope, happiness, and connected family relationships.

Katy Teen & Family Counseling, PLLC

info@katyteenandfamilycounseling.com

281-519-6364