Jeannine M. Gambles
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
There are some things we can never prepare for, but it’s how you handle those unexpected moments that can make all of the difference. Sometimes what we’ve planned doesn’t always go the way we have hoped and what was once familiar to us is no more. These experiences can have a drastic effect on our lives. They leave us to question: what now? Do I remain stuck or move forward?
Transitions can be filled with uncertainty and the unknown. This can be a trying time for families, couples, and individuals. The good news is, as humans, we are resilient. Our brains are quite flexible. When clients can shift their focus to their strengths, growth, and healing- transitions can be turned into triumphs. As a family therapist, I work with couples, families, and adolescents dealing with crisis, relationship injuries, and Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) – I partner with clients that choose to move forward, pivot, change, or transition, by building on their resiliency. As a systems therapist, together, we identify strengths, what works, uncover emotions that sustain and promote healthy relationships, and create ways to live a hope-filled life.
My work experience includes working within the criminal justice system with adolescents and teaching in the public-school system for 18 years, coaching for 9 of those years. I also have the unique and honored experience of being a female combat veteran. As an Army Reservist, I was a civilian one day and a soldier the next and although I volunteered my service, I never expected to be deployed to Fallujah, Iraq. My journey from start to finish has been filled with many obstacles and some defeats but I always persevered and not let my defeats mold the outcome of my life. I traded in my coaches whistle for a spectator’s seat as an ardent supporter of the sports. I exchanged my army fatigues, combat boots and combat experience for a keen sense to be wholly present for my clients.
I’ve earned multiple degrees in business, creative writing, family therapy, and social work. I am most proud of my Master’s of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas.
I look forward to hearing your story.