Areas of Expertise & Interest
REV. JANE WARD CARLTON, MDIV, MS, LMFT
I utilize a relational and integrative therapy approach in therapy. I believe that each person who reaches out for therapeutic support deserves a relationship that is marked by a sense of safety, trust, compassion, warmth, acceptance, understanding and genuineness. While providing this type of relationship, I use my expertise to help each person experience the unique growth, healing and wholeness he or she seeks.
I earned a Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy from Northwestern University and completed clinical training at The Family Institute in Evanston, IL. I also holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and completed parish ministry training in Carney’s Point, NJ and hospital chaplaincy training at Princeton Medical Center in Princeton, NJ. I am an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). I am also a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and am trained in premarital counseling using Prepare/ Enrich. Additionally, I am a member of The True North Task Force of the Chicago Presbytery which seeks to help facilitate change and healing in faith communities in which boundaries have been transgressed and to educate faith communities and their leaders to prevent boundary violations. I am also a Board Member of the Illinois Association of Marital and Family Therapy working on planning for and serving mental health needs at the state level.
I have extensive experience providing psychotherapy and relational therapy
for individuals, couples and families experiencing a broad range of issues,
including survivors of childhood abuse, trauma, violence, relational betrayal
and loss, couples experiencing communication and intimacy difficulties, struggles in parent-child relationships, difficulties of navigating intellectual giftedness in various forms, women’s issues, and individuals exploring spiritual issues.
I also have a passion for serving congregations that desire to provide care-giving to their own church members and surrounding communities. In addition to sojourning with others through the counseling process, I love spending time with my family and friends, hiking outdoors, swimming, exploring nature in all its forms, playing piano and guitar, enjoying Chicago’s museum and musical theatre scene, continuing my learning through advanced and specialized training in providing therapy, and avidly reading non-fiction.