Jack Kettering LCMHC, MS, MBA
Hello, I’m Jack Kettering, a licensed clinical mental health counselor and EMDR certified therapist with over 15 years of experience treating individuals, couples, and adolescents. I hold licensure in Utah, Idaho, Washington, and California (in-process), and I can provide supervision for MFTs, CSWs, and CMHCs.
All that said, I have the experience, techniques, and tools to support you in becoming your best self yet!
Approach to Therapy
I believe therapy is a multi-dimensional experience encompassing the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and relational aspects of life. It’s crucial for clients to feel a genuine desire to engage in therapy, to share openly, and embark on the journey of addressing long-avoided issues. My goal is to be a supportive guide, fostering your natural curiosity and navigating the unknown alongside my clients. Together we create a safe and collaborative environment is paramount in my practice.
I create space for others to begin understanding themselves and doing the hard work of integrating and owning all the various aspects of their life. Several clients have come to see me and have commented something to the effect of, “why haven’t other therapists been able to do this for me?” They also say things like, “Jack, coming to see you, I feel like I am sitting in your living room, sometimes I feel like I am just talking to one of my friends.”
Having been through both individual counseling and marital counseling, I know how hard it can be finding a therapist that works for you. I have found over the years that the “fit” of the relationship that is created between client and therapist is the most important part of therapy. I really believe that if the relationship isn’t there, then the rest of the tools and skills don’t matter.
Many therapists have the expertise to give tools that help you manage the issues you may face. They love to ask what is going on and how can we manage the issue better. Sometimes they offer suggestions and give tools for increasing life satisfaction. My style is different in that I am interested not only in “what’s going on,” but finding the roots of the issues. Sometimes this is a more difficult way of going about things, it takes time, effort and energy. But I have a lot of long lasting results with my clients.
I typically use a combination of therapeutic interventions. I believe that it is important for the client to truly be heard and understood. Sometimes there are issues that we face that are chronic and need to be managed. In my experience, giving voice to things that we think and feel, along with confronting some of those beliefs head on gives you a chance to question your own beliefs and potentially create new ones. I find, especially with my male clients, that it is important to help them get more deeply connected with their emotions and understand what they are feeling so that they can more effectively communicate their wants and needs.
In therapist talk, this means is that I use a client focused collaborative approach with eclectic techniques including: CBT, EFT, EMDR, mindfulness techniques, and motivational interviewing.
Background & Perspective
Originally from southern California, I’ve lived all across the country, and that experience has afforded me a diverse perspective. Now rooted in Utah, I understand the importance of cultural understanding. I feel like being an “outsider” to Utah culture has given me a unique perspective and outlook. Now living here for the past 9 years, I have gained more of an “insiders” perspective. That being said, I have come to see that both sides have their advantages and disadvantages. I share this, because I feel like it is important here in Utah to be able to find someone, especially a therapist, that can understand where you’re coming from. My diverse personal experiences, coupled with extensive clinical training, enrich my therapeutic approach, providing clients with a well-rounded and experienced counselor.
Your Partner on the Journey to Wellness
Seeking therapy is a courageous step. Together, we’ll tackle your challenges, equipping you with tools to not just resolve them, but to view them as pathways to growth. I’m here to offer guidance, unwavering support, and to build a strong therapeutic connection that empowers your individual journey towards healing.