*Available Virtually Across California* Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Director of Growth and Operations
If you are in need of quick relationship skills and tools training, or patient long-term processing and restructuring, I will be there as a support, a guide, and a safe space. Research tells us that couples tend to wait an average of 6- 7 years after the onset of an issue prior to seeking help for it. Can you imagine going 6-7 years with a broken bone before going to the doctor? Therapy is a space where you can work towards creating your own version of your best life. I am Jacqueline Wielick and I am here to help you improve your relationship.
Together, we have the ability to create new ways of being in this world. I believe that our attachments and connections to others have a tremendously significant impact on our wellbeing and how we experience ourselves and our lives- and when you are in a crisis, you need practical help fast. I have a deep passion for all of life’s relationships, and you will see my passion come out in my work through my patience, strengths-based outlook, and understanding. I am passionate about research, science, and seeking new knowledge- continually bringing to you the cutting edge of what really works. I have my Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Diego State University, where I received a training that focused on research, multiculturalism and hands-on training.
I supported thousands of couples throughout their experience at the world-renowned Art and Science of Love Workshop over the four years I worked as the Assistant Director of Couples Services at The Gottman Institute. There I received significant exposure, training, and understanding of Gottman Method Couples Therapy. I am both Level 1 and Level 2 trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and I also have additional training working with couples where one or both partners are recovering from addiction. I am also a Gottman Seven Principles Leader, a title given to those who are able to train other professionals in hosting the Art and Science of Love Workshop.
Originally from Seattle, I received a double major in Psychology and Sociology from Western Washington University, giving me insight not only into one’s intrapsychic nature but also into the larger socio-cultural context they exist within. I have received specific training in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services in Bellingham, WA., where I also volunteered as support at an inpatient rehabilitation facility for teenage girls.
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Training:
- Completed The Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Externship
- Completed The Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Core Skills
- Completed The Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Sex and the Cycle Training
Gottman Method Couples Therapy Training (also known as Gottman Couples Counseling):
- Completed Level 1 of Gottman Method Couples Therapy
- Completed Level 2 of Gottman Method Couples Therapy
- AEDP Immersion 36 hour training
- The Neurobiology of Trauma
- Decolonizing Trauma Work
- Assessment and Clinical Management of Suicidal Clients
Learn more about Couples Therapist Jacqueline Wielick.
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Jacqueline Wielick, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, #118766
Hi, I am Jacqueline Wielick!
When did you decide to go into Marriage and Family Therapy?
Albeit perhaps mildly cliché, I have known I wanted to be a therapist since middle school. I was a very emotionally intelligent child, and I loved being emotionally connected to others around me. Compassion and support have always been my natural strengths since I was young. Back at my parents’ house recently, I found a piece of writing I did about “my life dreams” from when I was young. I wrote that I wanted to study psychology and become a therapist because I wanted to make a significant difference in the world, help others live their best life. I can’t think of a more true reason to this day.
I chose MFT specifically because I have continually noticed how people’s relationships and connections to others make the most significant difference in how they experience themselves and their lives. Betrayals in basic human connections such as separations, divorces, infidelity, untrustworthiness, abandonment, etc., can send people spiraling in significant ways that seem beyond the reach of intrapsychic issues. I see this as being related to our need to be attached and in the community to others. Because of this belief, MFT seemed like the biggest way to use my strengths to make a significant contribution to the world.
Do you have advice for someone who is considering becoming an MFT?
What would you say to someone who is nervous about setting up their first counseling session with you?
Do you have a special area you focus on within the therapy field?
I love working with clients that come from a variety of different backgrounds with different needs; ranging from people in crisis, all the way to those wanting to do preventative work or to enhance their lives. Additionally, I do have some populations that I have specific experience working closely with.
I have a lot of experience and really enjoy working with couples in the LGBTQIA+ community, and feel very closely connected to this work. People in this community continue to come to me throughout my time as a therapist, and I would love to continue supporting this population.
My experience also includes working with premarital couples and doing preventative work and psychoeducation- both in a therapy setting as well as in a workshop setting. Research tells us that preventative work is incredibly successful in helping couples mitigate some challenges later in life, and I want to help couples create healthy choices for their relationship early on, rather than falling into a less preferred way of being together. I have experience working in this area and always find it exciting to help folks create preferred patterns for their relationship early on.
I also have experience supporting people who are struggling with anxiety. It is such a common issue that can have such an overwhelmingly tremendous negative impact on someone’s well-being. I have personal experience with managing and living with anxiety and can connect with folks experiences moving through these struggles.
I also have extensive experience professionally and personally working with people living with addiction. I have been to addiction training, volunteered at a rehab center, and attended rehab centers as a family member for ‘family weekends’, so I have much exposure to this world. I love working with this population and find the work to be tremendously inspiring.
How do you pass your time when you are not working with clients?
If you were not a therapist, what would you be doing?