Since each person is different, Jared believes that therapy should be different for everyone. Jared uses a person-centered approach that allows for each person/couple to bring their own gifts, experiences, beliefs, ideas, and history to develop a plan for treatment. For these reasons, Jared uses Experiential, Brief Solution-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral, Rogerian, and Narrative therapies, which emphasize the strengths and gifts of a person/couple to shape and change their circumstances.
Through a whole-person approach, Jared encourages the person/couple to engage in sports, journaling, play, reading, music, and art as a party of the therapy process.
His areas of focus include relationship struggles, spiritual issues, severe mental illness (including major depression, bi-polar disorder, and Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective disorders), addiction, grief and loss, Clergy matters, and couple’s therapy (including premarital, discernment, and infidelity).
Jared counsels all ages. He is working towards his 3000 internship hours under the supervision of Michelle Nietert, MA, LPC-S. Along with Jared's personal trainings and experiences, Michelle has extensive training and experience in family systems and high conflict divorce.
Education and Training
2019: Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Wesleyan University
2009: Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology
2005: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Centenary College of Louisiana
Completed Gottman Level 1 training
Trust Based Relational Intervention Trained
ASK (Ask about Suicide) Certified
SBRIT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) Certified
Ordained Elder in United Methodist Church (Louisiana Conference, 2013)
Certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator
Member of the American Associate of Marriage and Family Therapists
Founding Member of the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Member of the American Counseling Association
Member of the Texas Counseling Association
Background and Experience
Jared started his professional career as a pastor in the United Methodist church. He has experience working with children, youth, young, middle-aged, and older adults through his ministry. As a pastor, Jared guided couples through the process of getting married, as well as through relationship struggles. He led young adult and youth ministries, working with those in transitions and questions of identity. Jared assisted many in working through spiritual issues and questions.
In 2014, after consultation with church leaders, Jared decided to return to school to continue his ministry with individuals and couples through additional training in counseling. In 2016, he began to work in public mental health care in Dallas county, while still in school, providing mental healthcare to those with severe mental illness as a clinician.
Jared lives in North Dallas with his wife of more than 10 years and two elementary aged daughters. His family is involved in their local church community, teaching and leading worship, classes, and ministries. Jared loves to cook, host friends and family, watch sports, take care of the pool, travel, and (when time allows) play his PS4.
We are all created in the image of God, but we all fall short. Life’s journey can leave us broken, wounded, and confused. My goal, as a therapist, is to come alongside the person or couple to provide a safe place to explore, heal, and rebuild in the midst of the brokenness, chaos, and isolation that is too common in our society. As a Christian pastor, I believe that all people should be treated with respect and dignity, regardless of faith or history.