One of the most important aspects of choosing a counselor is finding a professional who specializes in, and is passionate about, the issues that you bring to therapy. The issues that I specialize in grew out of my love of substance abuse counseling. 40% of those with a substance use disorder meet the criteria for a co-occurring mental health condition, and traumatic events significantly increase the likelihood of drug and alcohol abuse. Personality disorders, angry, aggressive, or violent tendencies, mood disorders, and histories of trauma are issues that I work with every day and that I am passionate about helping others overcome. Couple and family therapy also make up a large part of my practice. I hope you will follow the link to read more about the available options. If you think I may be who you’re looking for, you can read a little more about me below, and see my qualifications here. If you have any further questions, feel free to call.
Hi, I'm J. J. Widener.
I know what it’s like to struggle with anger and the lingering effects of trauma, and I also know better than most how addiction can impact not only the life of the addicted, but also the lives of those who care about them. As a result of those issues, I destroyed a marriage, saw my father for the last time in the visitation room of a state correctional facility, and lost custody of my daughter after she and her mother were almost killed as a result of my own drug addled decisions. So, if after reading this your search for a counselor continues, I can’t say that I blame you. I’m sure I’m not who everyone is looking for.
If a counselor who has made some mistakes and has been in the other chair appeals to you, maybe we would be a good fit. I’ve spent the last decade building a life of purpose, and I believe that inside everyone is the ability to do the same. But, I also know that life can be a challenge, and at times it may seem that all the hard work, prayer, positive energy, good vibes, vision boards, collages, and kittens in the world aren’t doing any good. Believe me, I get it. If there is anyone on earth who understands what that feels like, it’s me. You feel stuck, or trapped, like the world is against you, or maybe you just want to lash out and that feeling is in a deep place that hasn’t seen any light in a very long time. What I want to tell you is that there is always hope. I don’t ever want you to give up.
Change is hard. Moving out of our comfort zone is hard. There are times when we all think, “Why me?” At those times, the anger and the frustration can make it hard to remember that the struggle is necessary in order to change. There is no easy path to the life that we want, but don’t give up on the struggle when success may be just around the corner. I firmly believe that the power to live life with a full heart is available to everyone.
In 2011, I graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in political science, and I received my Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University in 2015. Currently, I am pursuing a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology at Argosy University with an expected graduation date of May 2018.
I am licensed by the State of Georgia both as an Associate Professional Counselor and as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. In addition, I am board certified through the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia as an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I currently see clients at Legacy Changers Counseling Center, a division of The Legacy Consortium in Hiram, GA, and at Essential Concepts, Inc., a private practice in Kennesaw, GA.
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The material found within this website is the product of a passionate and well-intentioned, yet fallible, man. All views and opinions expressed here are subject to amendment, revision, modification, transformation, adjustment, or replacement based on new information. Also, the views expressed are those of the author only and do not represent the official policy or opinions of Legacy Changers Counseling Center or Essential Concepts, Inc.