Jill Newman, MSW, LICSW
Adolescents and young adults, LGBTQ, relationship concerns, anxiety and depression, OCD, life transitions, parenting and family issues, trauma, intimate partner violence.
I grew up on Vancouver Island, BC in a family of teachers and therapists.
After spending some time playing the electric guitar professionally, I pursued clinical training in social work and counseling. My approach to counseling is to work with you to find creative solutions to the challenges in your life. I focus on creating a safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment for you to talk about your concerns. I believe that positive change is always possible. I use a variety of counseling approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy and trauma informed practice.
I received my training at the University of British Columbia, School of Social Work in Vancouver, BC, Canada and graduated with a master’s degree in social work in 2007. I began my journey as a therapist as a practicum counselor at the University of British Columbia Student Counseling Services. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Washington. I’ve been working as a therapist for the past 12 years with teens, young adults and families in a variety of settings from private practice, crisis response and outpatient psychiatry clinics to my recent work as a mental health therapist in WA middle and high schools.
I’ve worked extensively with teens and adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, relationship issues, family problems, trauma and PTSD. I held a faculty appointment for six years as an instructor at the University of British Columbia where I taught and supervised third year psychiatry residents in family therapy. I have significant experience working with LGBTQ+ youth and their families.
When I’m not working, I enjoy playing the electric guitar and exploring the outdoors with my yellow lab, Lucy.