Counseling for Anxiety, Trauma and PTSD | Columbia, Missouri | Jennie Lannette Bedsworth, LCSW

About Jennie, Why, and How She Can Help

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I know what it’s like to feel miserable and just want to feel better. High anxiety makes it difficult to just leave the house. Panic attacks interfere with work, socializing, hobbies, and family life. Nightmares and sleep issues make everything else worse. Bad memories of past traumas consume the present, even if things are otherwise going well!

When I was going through the most difficult time in my life, I was desperate for the right help. I did find some types of support, but continued to struggle for a long time. Years later, when I became a counselor, I started to train in specific therapies that treat trauma, post traumatic stress or PTSD, and debilitating anxiety. To my surprise, there were really specific therapies that help people feel better in weeks or a few months, not years! Sadly, many well-meaning professionals don’t know about them, don’t believe in them, or just don’t use them.

So of course I now use the most effective, quickly working therapies I know of, to help my clients get relief from trauma, PTSD and/or high anxiety issues. And I watch clients who are ready to get better change their lives, over and over.

The most common thing I hear from people at the end of anxiety or PTSD treatment is, “I wish I had known about this therapy before,” and “I want everyone to know about this and do this therapy.” My clients then come full circle, feeling both the gratitude and sadness, since not everyone knows about or has access to the best treatment!


“I want everyone to know about
this and do this therapy.”

Once we get symptoms significantly down in counseling (like flashbacks, anxiety attacks, and nightmares down to little or nothing), some of my clients choose to graduate and go back into the world on their own, more full and much more free. Some choose to still come to sessions, although usually less often, for ongoing support, and to continue self improvement and what we call post-traumatic growth.

At the end of about 8 to 14 weeks of initial targeted treatment, my clients who come in with moderate to severe PTSD (trauma) symptoms no longer meet the criteria for this diagnosis. That’s how effective this therapy is. Clients with anxiety symptoms report life-changing relief. I describe more about the treatments I most use here.

Since you came to this page to learn more about me, I’ve included some pictures of my dog, Claude Monet, and some art projects I’ve enjoyed. These are two of my own self care tools (and of course Claude is my baby). I’m also including a list of my credentials and training, etc., if you are comforted by that sort of thing. Basically what it all adds up to is that I am ready and willing to help, at any point when you are ready and motivated to get better!

I’d love to hear from you and see how our journeys might merge together for a while.

- Jennie

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My Credentials - If this sort of thing helps you, below are details of some of my training and experience. The core comes down to this: I have learned everything I can to help you the best ways I know of, so you can feel better, whole, and free, as soon as possible. 

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

This is a license to provide therapy as well as other types of services within Missouri. Here are some of the things that go into this: 

  • This required 7 years of college (undergraduate degree followed by two years of graduate school

  • 3,000 supervised hours of working with clients, under consultation and a weekly meeting with  an already-licensed LCSW with 5 years of experience themselves

  • Passing of two tests to ensure understanding of areas like ethics, diagnosis, and basic therapy techniques

Trained and Registered in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

This training, on top of initial therapy licensure, included: 

  • 3 two-day trainings in-person with 5 certified trainers, during a year's time

  • Monthly supervision/consultation calls during that year, to review cases of your own and learn from other therapists' experience and to get recommendations from supervisors

  • Several completed cases during this initial year, under supervision during that time, to ensure clinician is providing the correct protocol

  • Consultation with a peer team, also providing and learning this therapy

  • Individual calls and e-mail consultation for difficult cases with a qualified, certified instructor/therapist

  • Ongoing access to these individuals with specific questions/cases, as needed

  • Related paperwork, showing ability to screen, diagnose, and correctly complete this therapy

Trained in Prolonged Exposure Therapy

I also trained in Prolonged Exposure therapy while working at the Missouri State Hospital. This training included: 

  • Several days of in-person training with a qualified instructor

  • Close supervision with supervisors and qualified instructor to follow the therapy to fidelity

  • Additional training with a specialized version of PE, called High-Risk Prolonged Exposure Therapy 

  • Additional consultation and supervision to complete additional cases of PE

And I am Trained in Additional Trauma, PTSD, Evidence-Based and Alternative Treatments
I have experience and training in the following areas: 

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD

  • Gradual Exposure/In-Vivo Exposure for Anxiety and Phobias

  • Expressive therapy (visual arts) for PTSD/Trauma

  • Sandtray therapy for trauma and PTSD

  • Interplay, a mind/body movement program open to everyone

I have Specific Experience Working With These Types of Issues: 

  • Sexual trauma (sexual abuse, rape and other sexual assault, sexual harassment)

  • Violence (physical and emotional violence in relationships, and other settings) 

  • Traumatic deaths and suicides (discovering a loved one's suicide, dealing with a traumatic death)

  • Accidents (car accidents, injuries at work, dealing with a violent workplace)

  • Bullying (can happen to kids, teens and adults!)

  • LGBTQ+ targeting/harassment (Jennie is supportive and affirming)

  • Self-blame, guilt and shame following trauma

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Dissociative disorders

  • Pseudo-seizures (non-epileptic seizures)

  • And more ... feel free to ask if you're not sure

What Might My Therapy Involve? 

After all of this training and experience in these different therapies and with all of these issues, I have found some core things to be true. The treatments that work best do so because they include some of the same core elements that we know heal trauma and anxiety symptoms. These include:

  1. Relaxation techniques. This often includes mindfulness and grounding, to get some immediate relief of symptoms

  2. Validating emotions and physical experiences. Allowing yourself to have your feelings and notice your experience in your body is helpful (this step is informed by EMDR therapy and somatic experiencing techniques, and seems to make the therapy work a little faster for my clients) 

  3. Exploring your story. This step, which is needed or wanted by some clients, depending on symptoms and wishes, includes telling your story in a safe and productive way

  4. Reframing your thoughts to heal from guilt and shame. This is ultimately the core of the healing - learning to love and accept yourself. 

  5. Whatever modifications, preferences, or alternative work best for YOU. While these are the proven techniques that work the best for most people, everyone is different. I am interested in you getting better. We can use these methods, or adjust based on your needs and wishes. That's why I offer some of the alternative methods I mention above, which can be instead of or in addition to these treatments. 

You Are Still Beautiful 

There is a Japanese art form called Kintsugi that involves taking the shattered pieces of objects and repairing them with gold. Through this healing, the shattered pieces form a stronger, more beautiful object than before they shattered. The scars are celebrated for making what was broken whole again, and even stronger and more beautiful than before. Even if you feel broken, you can be whole again. I want to help you fill in your scars with gold and feel more beautiful and stronger than before this happened to you. If you're ready, we can get there. I've seen my clients make this transformation over and over again. 

For help, call or text Jennie at 573/291-7315, or e-mail

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