Janet Thornton is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and has been counseling in Youngstown, Ohio since 1988 when she started her counseling internshipat Eastern Mental Health, a community agency. In 1989 she began her private practice work at YoungstownOsteopathic Hospital working under Dr. F. Jane Salkind, psychologist. At about this time she began her training in hypnotherapy and later became a certified hypnotherapist (NBCCH). Between leaving Eastern Mental Health and starting private practice she attended a four day training in New Haven Connecticut with Dr. Bernie Siegel and the ECap staff. In January, 1990, she began a support group she named Exceptional Patient Support for persons dealing with chronic and catastrophic illnesses. She ran the group for 9 years. Guided Imagery and relaxation exercises were a part of the group process as was sharing and caring. In 1990 Janet began working with dissociative clients who quickly exposed her to trauma work and taught her the value of moving through trauma to the release of the trauma and to a new understanding. In 1995 a client told her a about a relatively new therapy called Eye movement Desensitizationand Reprocessing (EMDR) and suggested she get trained. Curious, she looked into it and received training in Columbus, Ohio and later in Philadelphia. She was quickly hooked on this therapy that desensitizedand reprocessed old, stuck trauma that had continued to trigger people, sometimes years after the trauma occurred. Janet became a certified EMDR therapist in 1998 and an Approved Consultant in 2001. Also in 1998 she became a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC) to increase her knowledge base in order to help her clients. Workshops, retreats, and educational presentations have been presented by Janet in a variety of settings on topics ranging from imagery and self-hypnosis to stress management to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Janet is a member of the American Counseling Counseling Association(ACA), The American Mental Health Association (AMHCA), the Ohio Counseling Association (OCA), the East Ohio Counselors Association (EOCA) and the Eye Movement Desensitizationand ReprocessingInternational Association (EMDRIA). She has servedon the EOCA Board in multiple capacities including President (1990-1991). She is a recipient of the Dee Elias Award from EOCA and The Chuck Weaver Service Award from OCA. She has been an owner/partner at Total Care Psychological and Counseling Services since 1998.
A holistic approachto counseling has been the foundation to Janet’s counseling practice. Encouraging health and balance in mind, body and spirit are important to her both personally and professionally. Much of Janet’s professional work is with trauma, both traumatic single events and those smaller events that compounded over time. Depression, anxiety disorders, addictions, and women’s issues are her areas of focus. She also enjoys working with people who are gay, lesbian and bi-sexual and their family members.
Janet was born and reared in Beaumont, Texas, an oil refinerycommunity in Texas’ southeast corner. by junior high, Janet’s interests were in academics, music (violin), and volunteerism. Her youth activities through the YWCA Y-Teens was instrumentalin her developing interest in the helping professions. Those interests continued as she attended Lamar State College and she became involved with campus activities including her service sorority and student government. She majored in Sociology and minored in Psychology. On a whim she sent in an application to Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) and accepted an assignment in the the Great Lakes Region. Following training in Chicago, she was sent to Youngstown with two other VISTAs to work for the Poverty Program organizing senior citizens for community action. It was during her year in VISTA that she met the Youngstown native she married.
Instead of following a long-time dream of becoming a Social Worker, she returned to college at Youngstown State University and pursued a teaching certificate in Elementary Education. She taught third and fourth grades for three years and left teaching to be a stay-at-home mom. Through her involvementat a Cooperative Montessori Preschool, she studied and become a Montessori preschool teacher. With her son well into elementary school she entered the counseling program and Youngstown State University where she was a graduate assistant for two years.
Janet’s hobbies include reading, gardening, and travel.