Your Next Step, LLC
Helping you step into a better future
Your Next Step, LLC
Helping you step into a better future
Helping you step into a better future
Helping you step into a better future
Dr. Jenny Davis-Preffer has been helping hurting people for over 20 years, first as a Registered Nurse and then bringing that expertise to her career as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. As a young wife and mother, Jenny was widowed, raising her children as a single parent while earning a Masters Degree in Counseling. For the past 20+ years, she has held dual licensure as a Registered Nurse, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, in conjunction with a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, and has added certification as an EMDR therapist by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). In addition to her private practice, Dr. Davis-Preffer spent 16 years teaching in graduate counseling programs, preparing and supervising new counselors to work with clientst.
Using her training, skill, and experiences Dr. Davis-Preffer walks with each client through every step of their journey. She loves working with clients who want to step out of the past and into a better future. Her specialty areas include trauma - past and present, relationship and attachment issues, grief, anxiety, supervision, and career/work problems.
Dr. Davis-Preffer uses Telehealth to provide a blend of talk therapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) to help eliminate triggers from the past that threaten the present and prevent clients from moving forward.
Everyone experiences trauma. Some experience "big-T" Traumas including physical or sexual abuse, severe neglect, violence, natural disasters, war, and other life-altering traumatic events. Others experience "little-t" traumas that are often associated with relationships, such as attachment injuries, loss of relationship, interpersonal conflicts, prolonged stress, and other events that exceed our ability to cope. When we experience big-T or little-t trauma, our body reacts in a similar way. Our brains use the limbic system and it's hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol, and dopamine to choose the best defense: fight, flight, or freeze.
When the traumatic event is over, the brain is wired to move all parts of the event - the memories, thoughts, emotions, and elements tied to our five senses - from the right (emotional) side over to the left (logical) side for memory storage. When this happens, we can remain in the present and look back at the event as our past.
Sometimes, however, the brain becomes overwhelmed by the trauma response and all of the event elements get stuck in the right (emotional) side of the brain. This leaves the traumatic material constantly available to be subconsciously triggered by sights, smells, sounds, touch, circumstances, or interactions that are even slightly reminiscent of the trauma. The "file folder" for that event stays "open" and every trigger causes our brain to reenact that fight, flight, or freeze sequence again, leaving us afraid, angry, depressed, and in pain.
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing or EMDR is a well-researched and proven therapy that uses the brain's natural processes to heal itself. When we sleep deeply, we cycle in and out of deep sleep (REM sleep) that is characterized by rapid eye movements and increased brain activity, which stimulates areas of the brain involved in learning.
EMDR uses guided rapid eye movements to stimulate those areas of the brain while simultaneously having the individual focus on an image in the past while staying grounded in the present. Together, these help the brain shift the trauma material from the right (emotional) side of the brain over to the left (logical) side, where it can be accessed as a past memory but without the emotional triggers.
Benefits of EMDR include faster processing of traumatic content with a decrease in the triggers that cause negative emotions and behaviors. Unlike other trauma treatment models (prolonged exposure, CBT/CPT, and talk therapy), the client does not need to tell their trauma story or attempt to relive it. Instead, we will use representative images, the client's present emotions, and where these are felt in the body to target traumatic material and allow the brain to create the shift from present to past.
I will be there for you through every step of your journey. I provide online counseling sessions so that we can be flexible in meeting your needs. My goal is to help you determine how you want to grow from your struggles, heal from your hurts, and move forward to where you want to be in your life.
Fear and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions. Whether you’ve experienced big traumas, relationship trauma, or been exposed to situations that have been traumatic or scary, you are not alone. We will create a safe place, develop new skills, install helpful resources, and use proven counseling methods such as EMDR and family mapping. We will work together to help you find the relationships, freedom, perspective, and joy that you want in your life.
Relationships begin in infancy, really even before we are born. Attachment and early attunement (the way we interact with our caregivers and how they interact with us) determines the way in which we understand relationships when we grow from children into adulthood. Our individual attachment style forms how we interact with others in relationships and can be beneficial or make things harder. Relationship counseling using EMDR, family mapping, and talk therapy can be transformative in strengthening your emotional connections with others. Therapy is a supportive place to heal old traumas, learn new coping skills, and take your next steps. Rather than seeing couples, Dr. Davis-Preffer finds it most helpful to work with the individual within the relationship that is most motivated to do their own work. When working through relationship problems, we work individually with clients to acknowledge each person’s individual power and choices related to the health of the relationship.
Dr. Davis-Preffer is a certified EMDR therapist and completing certification as a EMDR Consultant. She provides consultation for trainees who have completed their basic training and are pursuing certification. Additionally, if you are preparing for the licensure exam or completing your post-graduate clinical hours, supervision is a must. Using the teacher, counselor, consultant roles, she offers exceptional supervision that highlights ethics, diagnosis, conceptualization, and treatment planning. She has authored a number of study materials that are used as test prep for the new the new CMHCE licensure exam. Dr. Davis-Preffer also provides clinical supervision for doctoral students during Practicums and Internship, EMDR certification consultation, and individual or group peer consultation for licensed colleagues.
Losing a loved one, a relationship, a job, or even how you think life "should be" is painful. Grief can cause you to feel sad, anxious, fearful, and hopeless. You may believe nobody else will understand. Using EMDR and a combination of family mapping and talk therapy can help you overcome these feelings. Dr. Davis-Preffer will walk with you every step of the way.
Changing jobs and need a new resume? Moving up the career ladder? Pursuing a new career field? Trying to find better work-life balance?
Dr. Jenny Davis-Preffer is a former career services director and worked with the FDIC providing career counseling and planning services to employees in federal service. She can help you explore, plan, propose, and negotiate the next steps in your career.
Counseling is the process of resolving problems by talking with someone who is professionally trained to help people achieve a more fulfilling life. The process of change will be unique to your particular situation but we begin by getting to know each other. We will likely discuss your feelings and thoughts, what has worked and not worked for you, and what it is that you would really like to have happen differently in your life. Once we understand where you want to go, we will plan your next steps for reaching those goals. During our sessions, we will focus on you, how things are going, what steps we need to continue or change, and work together to reach your goals. Counseling provides a safe place and a safe person to work with so that you can focus on the steps that you want to take to get where you want to be.
.Costs depend on what services clients want or need. A variety of services can be incorporated to meet your goals. Counseling sessions, whether we are using EMDR or other methods, begin at $125 for a 45-minute session via teletherapy, using HIPAA compliant virtual software. EMDR does NOT require a longer session and can be incorporated into a traditional 45-50 minute session so there is no cost difference when using EMDR. Some clients may wish to incorporate longer sessions to move through EMDR targets more quickly. I am happy to adapt services to clients' requests. For those that want intensive sessions, we can schedule 90 minute sessions for $245. Other services are available with fees beginning at $75 for Intern Supervision (Mental Health Counseling and Marriage & Family interns). I offer a discount for licensed mental health providers working on their own personal issues. I also provide consultation with other mental health providers - both for clinical work and business practices. I offer packages for EMDR certification consultation, and a sliding scale for clinical supervision for PhD students during Practicums and Internships. In addition, we provide clinical assessment (testing) and resume preparation. Costs for these services vary.
Everyone is talking about teletherapy of late because of COVID-19. However, teletherapy has been around much longer than that. Teletherapy using virtual means provides us with the ability to meet and work together from wherever you choose and at the time that is most convenient for you. Rather than leaving work, driving through traffic to an office, or having to find someone to watch the kids, teletherapy allows us to use technology to see and hear each other while we focus on what steps will help you get where you want to be. Teletherapy also allows counselors to eliminate expensive office expenses and pass that savings on to our clients.
Teletherapy requires a few things. First and foremost is protection of your privacy. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires that clinicians provide security and data privacy in order to protect your medical information. Our office uses a HIPAA compliant software system that keeps all of your information - and our actual sessions - inside a HIPAA compliant environment. When you make an appointment, you'll get a link to our private and secure virtual meeting, which nobody else can access. When we connect through that link, we will be able to hear and see each other while we work, much like we would do in an in-office setting.
Teletherapy also requires a counselor with experience. Health professionals are usually trained to meet with patients and clients only in person. It takes skill and experience to build those same relationships in a virtual environment, but it happens...every day. Dr. Preffer has been working in the counseling profession through online, virtual technology since 2004, providing counseling, intern supervision, and training new counselors to help others. While the world is just beginning to focus on Telehealth and Teletherapy we've been there all along.
Teletherapy may feel a bit different from stopping your day and driving to your counselor's office...but maybe that's a good thing.
Flexibility is a hallmark of our practice. We know that people are busy with work, with family and friends, or just trying to get through difficult circumstances. For that reason, we are an exclusive practice. We accept a limited number of clients at any one time so that we are able to provide our clients with the time and attention they need. This allows us to frequently offer same-day appointments.
Dr. Preffer accepts appointment requests via telephone (904-701-8255) and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. By contacting Dr. Preffer directly, she is best able to meet your needs and work out a time to meet that is convenient for you.
We welcome all clients with insurance, although we are out of network with all companies. Our clients pay at the time of service and on your request, will happily provide you with a "superbill" so you can submit for insurance reimbursement. Please note that superbills require a diagnosis, which impacts your privacy.
Cost savings. If you have good out-of-network benefits, your insurance company may reimburse you as much as 80% of each session fee, depending on your plan and the therapist’s rate. This means that in some situations, using your out-of-network benefits can actually be more affordable or comparable to your standard copay to see an in-network therapist. We encourage you to check with your insurance company for their out-of-network reimbursement rates.
Yes. I am an EMDRIA Certified EMDR therapist and an EMDRIA approved Consultant-in-Training. This means that I provide consultation to EMDR therapists who are seeking EMDR Certification through EMDRIA. I provide consultation during basic training sessions with EMDR Center of the Rockies as well as individual and group consultation in my own practice.
What are the requirements to become an EMDR Certified Therapist
About Individual Consultation:
We will meet via Zoom on a regular basis, dependent on your case load, to meet your 15 hours requirement. At minimum, we will meet once per month in one- to two-hour increments. Your case load and schedule of consultation will determine the length of time needed for certification. During individual consultation, we will:
About Group Consultation:
Groups are formed when a minimum of 5 persons commit to the group. We will meet via Zoom on a regular basis with a maximum of 7 trainees. Groups will meet a minimum of once per month but may be expanded to more often if the caseloads of the group members support the timing. Your case load and schedule of consultation will determine the length of time needed for certification. Therapists seeking EMDR certification must complete a minimum of 10 hours in individual consultation.
Yes! We offer a free 15-minute telephone consultation for new clients. You can schedule this by calling our office at (904) 701-8255 or emailing Dr. Preffer at Counselor@YourNextStep.live