Ms. Jaclyn N. Sepp
I was born in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up most of my life there, but I have also lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Dallas, Texas. I have a younger brother that is a auto technician, my mom teaches high school, and my dad is a retired banker - all in Dallas! Upon graduating high school, I moved to Austin for school and now I can’t imagine ever leaving (except to frequently visit home)! I hope to learn more about each of your lives, as I am sure your child will share more of mine with you as the year goes on.
Children need a safe, accepting environment where they can learn about themselves and work through the feelings they are having. I believe human beings are motivated to preserve their current state of being and have the desire to enhance themselves. As children use play to explore and express themselves, their own perspective of the world emerges. I believe that children are the experts on themselves, and my job is to assist them in finding the answers they are seeking inside of them. The emphasis moves away from a therapist telling a child what to do, and instead empowers the child to become more self-aware through the playing out of their inner world. The child dictates the pace and nature of our work, which in turn protects the child’s autonomy in the role of the engineer of the session. The relationship between the child and therapist becomes the technique for fostering change and understanding. In order to enhance our sessions, active involvement from caregivers is vital to seeing the whole child and situational concerns that might arise.