Connie E. Clark
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) , Board Certified Sex Therapy (CST) in the State of Florida, & Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) practicing as a psychotherapist in Jacksonville. My education and professional background in both the mind and the body gives me a unique and effective approach to counseling. I work to provide clients with tailored treatment plans that can be integrated into their daily lives.
I am currently working on my PhD from International Institute of Clinical Sexology in Miami Florida. I have a master’s level education in mental health counseling and a master’s in business with a concentration in human resource development & management. Prior to becoming a counselor, I was a human resource manager and director for over 23 years. I am a professional member of the American Counseling Association, a clinical certified trauma professional (CCTP), Certified Anger Resolution therapist (CART) from ITTAP and EMDR trained from EMDERIA. In addition to my license, I hold several other certifications. I continue to educate myself by attending national and local conferences. I practice individual and couples therapy and work with a broad range of clients related to sexual addictions, sexual orientation, relationships, struggles with intimacy, recovery, depression, anxiety, trauma, and low self-esteem. I work with the heterosexual community, as well as the LGBT community.
Life can sometimes feel overwhelming and very difficult. Relationships can be the source of much joy, but also much pain. Combine that with depression, loss, or grief and you have one toxic mix which contributes to issues of one’s health and wellness. Talking about your problems with a non-judgmental, understanding, and caring professional can help with life’s questions, pain, and problems. One’s identity is the most important thing to carry through life; and when it is buried underneath mounds of culture, gender, sexuality, family, job, religion, expectations, and responsibilities; you don’t know where your identity begins
We often face difficult relationships, career challenges, or major losses that can lead to depression or anxiety and feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. We may seek advice from friends and family, but end up feeling misunderstood. Sometimes, we might not always feel safe talking about the past
It is important that you know I have experienced my own struggles, challenges, heartaches, lows, and extremes. Moreover, I can tell you from my personal experience as a client, that therapy does help. I am also passionate about making therapy an ordinary and accepted part of living in the 21st century. I want to change the stigma around therapy and help make self-inquiry and healing a more common and more valued experience in our society.
Being a therapist is more than just a job for me. It infuses who I am at a cellular level and therefore I aspire to bring my whole self into my work and the therapeutic relationship. Since most of the wounds that we carry within us arose through relationships with others, I feel strongly that these wounds heal through relationship as well. It is my hope that we will develop the healing relationship that is right for you.