Master's Level Intern
Supervised by Dr. Ly Tran, LPC-S
Get to know Jerushah
Jerushah Nickell was born in Winchester, Kentucky and grew up in a large family where mental illness was a pervasive presence. In her community at the time, mental illness was a highly stigmatized concept. Without easy access to mental health support, Jerushah developed a great appreciation for the importance of family and relational dynamics, as well as a desire to make mental health services available to those who might not normally have access to them.
Jerushah graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and a minor in art history. Following graduation, Jerushah worked for a few years managing a coffee shop called Cherry Seed. As anyone who has worked in (and enjoyed) food service will say, the draw is really being able to connect with customers and getting the opportunity to hear people’s stories and to become a brief part of their life over a cup of coffee. It was through this experience that Jerushah decided the natural next step for her would be to become a mental health counselor. Jerushah is attending Colorado Christian University and she will receive her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the end of 2022.
Because of Jerushah’s own experiences with depression and anxiety, this makes her a naturally good fit to work with those who struggle with these difficult and complex mental health issues. Working for so long in a field where listening was the most important skill, Jerushah has familiarity with any number of mental illnesses or situational struggles. Each person’s hurts and hang-ups are unique, and she approaches all of her clients with empathy, acceptance, genuine curiosity, and care.
When individuals meet with Jerushah, they can expect to spend some time in early sessions learning and practicing tools to restructure their struggles through a treatment theory known as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT has the benefit of being quick acting and is highly collaborative.
When someone comes in for their first session, the first thing Jerushah will want to know are their goals for therapy and the best routes to get there. Once there are some coping mechanisms in place, there is more room to dive into the deeper roots of struggle: relational struggles, family of origin dysfunction, cracks in self-esteem. This is in line with a more psychoanalytical approach to counseling.
At the end of the day, though, what matters to Jerushah is that she can find the best method of treatment for each person’s unique strengths and struggles. Her approach to counseling is collaborative, and she believes that the person with the key to success is ultimately themselves. The process of counseling is painful, and it will probably feel worse before it gets better. Jerushah believes that her role as the therapist is not to give advice or all the answers but instead, to get down in the trenches with her clients and help them find their way out.
Jerusha resides in Austin TX and loves dogs (particularly her border collie mix Ruby), making coffee for friends, watching reruns of The Office, hiking, solo road trips, her church, and finding every opportunity to spend time with her four brothers spread out all over the US and her little sister back home in Kentucky.
She offers in-person counseling sessions and is also available via telehealth to individuals seeking help in other Texas locations.