About Jennie & The Counseling Palette
Are you a stressed out therapist, teacher, or other busy professional? I hear you.
You spend all day seeing clients, running groups or classes, and/or just keeping up with paperwork. I know it can be hard to even know where to start, let alone to stay on track in individual therapy and group work. And when you're working in busy agencies there are never enough tools to support everything you do.
I have more than 15 years of experience as a clinical social worker, group leader, and individual therapist. I've worked at schools, forensic hospitals, community centers and social service agencies, so I've been there. I continue to see clients in independent practice as I spend more and more time writing about mental health and designing accessible downloads, like games and worksheets.
I found that having the right tools made all the difference when I worked in busy agencies. It's not as if games or handouts did the job for me -- I still had to use my training, experience, and skills to deliver the best services.
But, the right tools could help me stay on track, explain concepts more easily, and appeal to different learning styles. They also took care of much of the prep, which I often desperately needed help with.
I started by creating tools for myself and my clients. I first designed a set of CBT worksheets for a group working through anxiety and symptoms of PTSD.
I believed the worksheets were worth sharing, and soon it snowballed into even more worksheets, kits, and games for therapists and others interested in improving mental health.
As more people read my posts on mental health techniques they would sometimes ask if they could use them with school or college groups. So I created tools like the grounding stones activity kit to make it easier to do that.
I enjoy creating these resources--particularly the games that make more complex topics fun and accessible! There's a lot of positive energy poured into those.
All of my mental health tools can be downloaded right away and used the same day. That's important to me because I remember panicked moments when I had to cover for a group or was just behind because I had more to do than anyone could keep up with.
I got pretty sick of the same-old worksheets I found online with dense language that was not helpful for clients. So I strive to make my materials accessible, which is the most consistent thing people mention about my items.
So I hope the downloads will be there when you need them right away, and the times in between when you can actually plan ahead. Either way, I want you and your clients to have supportive, evidence-based tools to help you meet your shared goals.
If you're new to the site and want to take it slow, I'd start with the CBT worksheet packet. If you're about to face a group of teens try the game bundle. And if you don't want to have to hunt for any materials for weeks to come, jump right into the entire store bundle!
Meanwhile consider joining my mailing list below. I give a few tips each week on what I've learned, particularly relating to areas of mindfulness and CBT. I also highlight tools I feel will support the most needed areas of mental health treatment.
Thanks for checking things out!
Jennie Lannette Bedsworth, MSW, LCSW
Jennie has been featured as a mental health expert, writer, and presenter by multiple groups and publications. She currently writes for The Counseling Palette and GoodRx. She is the author of Finding Peace from PTSD, available on Amazon.