Jennette Stone, LCSW
Working With Me
You’re likely feeling stuck and overwhelmed. You may be dealing with a situation you can’t get out of, feelings you can’t get past, or a relationship conflict you can’t handle. It’s my job to create a safe and sacred space to help you work through these areas in your life and relationships, to feel more peace.
I do this by applying these guiding principles to my work with you:
- Empathy – I’m in this with you
- Hope – No matter how big or scary your problem, there’s nothing that can’t be changed
- Connection – Developing strong relationships
- Courage – Taking on the challenges needed to improve your life
- Compassion – Treating yourself and others with kindness
- Knowledge – Learning opens our eyes to new possibilities
Using these ideas, we work together to illuminate the beautiful and lovely things in your life and take a hard look at the patterns, beliefs and behaviors getting in the way of you being the person you want to be and having the relationships you want to have.
You are a whole person with many layers, ranging from the dark to the divine. Therapy gives you the opportunity to look at, accept, and embrace all the different sides of who you truly are. By becoming aware of how you think, feel and react, you can change how you view and interact with the world. Through this, you become your authentic self and can truly connect to others.
Therapy is a joint process where I am here to guide and support you in your journey. I strive for it to be an open collaboration where we all bring our knowledge, experiences and insights to create healing and connection.
Who Am I?
Connection is one of the keystones to life. I am passionate about looking for the ways we are the same instead of how we are different. We have the opportunity to create deep and lasting connections with those around us. Therapy can help make this happen.
I know therapy can change your life, because it changed mine. I was an anxious child and at age 15 started having panic attacks. The type of attacks where you hyperventilate, scream, and can’t breathe, all at the same time. They interfered with me connecting with others, my performance at work, and being the person I wanted to be. In relationships, I used panic as a way for my partner or others to rescue me – but this didn’t get me what I wanted.
I wanted to be seen as capable and strong, to connect with the world from a place of compassion and courage.
Through therapy, I found the help I needed. I learned to better understand how I reacted under stress in relationships. I understood attachment styles and realized my view of love wasn’t helping me get the connection I wanted. It took time and effort to develop the skills I needed, but I reached the place of embracing courage I aimed for.
You can do this, too.
One of my favorite poems is Invictus by William Ernst Henley. This poem concludes with the line, “I am the master of my fate, the captain of my Soul.” I truly believe this because I experienced it. I believe this about you as well. You have the power and ability to change your life and relationships.
I was born and raised in Utah in what some may call an eclectic family. My family was active LDS but believed and engaged in activities that didn’t exactly fit into mainstream LDS culture. As a result, I often felt like an outcast in my own community. At the same time, my LDS status put others on edge around me, leading me to feel alone in both worlds. This gave me the drive and desire to find connection and to truly understand what it is.
Amid this divide, my parents taught me to be accepting of all those around me no matter what. This dichotomy of being an outcast and part of the populous majority in Utah allowed me to see the differences and the inequalities in culture and society around me. This influenced my choice to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in social work. Eventually, I chose to leave the LDS church.
I once had an employer describe me as “Mother Theresa who belly dances.” I can be heart-focused, gentle, loving and compassionate – and at the same time, I enjoy dancing, hanging out with my dogs, watching Netflix, doing yoga, and making art. I bring all these sensibilities to my work as a therapist.
Through my own personal journey, I have gained faith in the process of therapy and the ability of people to change. I have gained a personal and in-depth understanding of dealing with thinking errors and how they impact our relationships and our own goals and beliefs about ourselves.
Working together in therapy, I know we can create a space where we celebrate our differences and embrace our similarities to find the hope and connection you need to find a path forward in your life. I look forward to meeting you. Please schedule your appointment today!
2011 University of Utah Master’s Degree in Social Work
2005 University of Utah Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology
2002 Snow College Associates Degree in General Studies
Other Experience and Training
2013 – 2017 Therapist, Empowerment Counseling services
2010 – 2011 Therapist Intern, Odyssey House Substance Abuse Treatment Center
2009 – 2010 Therapist Intern, Juvenile Receiving Center/ Christmas Box House
2006 – 2013 Permanency Worker, Division of Child and Family Services
2000 – 2006 Manager, Columbus Community Center
Gottman Level 1 and 2 Training
Infertility Counseling, American Society for Reproductive Medicine Training
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Training
Family Trauma Specialist Training