Individual Counseling, Couples Counseling, Family & Group Counseling

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You obviously have something very important on your mind since you have sought me out. Maybe you are in a marriage that has become stale. There is a lot of arguing and little passion. Maybe you are single and life is just not as you want it to be. Or your days are filled with frustration, sadness, hurt, or fear. Perhaps you have suffered a terrible loss and you are in so much pain that you feel numb. Whatever your situation, I would feel honored to assist you in any way that I can.

Sincerely,
Dr. Jan Dunn

In counseling, work to acquire the discipline to live with integrity.

Dr. Jan Dunn

 
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Dr. Jan Martin Dunn, PLLC
LMFT-S, LPC-S, LCDC

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About About

Dr. Jan Dunn is a “systems” trained marriage and family therapist with over 20 years of experience counseling clients in the Dallas metroplex.

She has a Ph.D. in Marriage & Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University, and is a Texas Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Texas Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and a Texas Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). She specializes in marital/relationship issues, family conflict, depression, anger resolution, addiction and grief/loss issues. She also is an approved supervisor for both the LPC license and LMFT license and has a passion for mentoring up-and-coming therapists. Her office is conveniently located in the Galleria Area of North Dallas.

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Work Experience:
  • Mental health counselor for over 20 years
  • Counselor for clients referred by Child Protective Services (CPS)
  • Adjunct professor in the Department of Family Sciences, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX and Department of Speech Pathology, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
  • Speech/hearing/language therapist: Public schools, Callier Center for Communication Disorders, and private practice
  • Small group Bible study leader for over 15 years
  • Developer and facilitator for “Challenge” model designed for churches ministering to people in troubled relationships.
Licenses:
  • TEXAS LMFT Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, #4750
  • TEXAS LPC Licensed Professional Counselor, #12149
  • TEXAS LCDC Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, #11683
Educational/Professional:
  • Doctorate of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in Marriage & Family Therapy, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX
  • Master of Science degree (M.S.) in Speech Pathology, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
  • Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.) in Speech & Hearing Therapy, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX
  • American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) Member
Certifications:
  • Certified ANGER Resolution Therapist (CART)
  • Certified Texas PARENTING Coordinator: Texas Model for Collaborative Systems
  • SASSI Certification (Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory)
  • Prepare/Enrich Assessments–for Premarital and Marital assessments
  • Approved Supervisor for both the LPC License and the LMFT License
Training:
  • Completed Levels 1 & 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy
  • Uses Gottman Method Couples Therapy in therapy work

Although Dr. Dunn has received training in Levels 1 and 2 of the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy, she is completely independent in providing clinical services and is fully responsible for those services. The Gottman Institute or its agents have no responsibility for the services that clients receive.

Personal Information:

Dr. Dunn, who has lived in the Dallas Metroplex since 1968, has reared one son and two daughters to be healthy, well-functioning adults.

Approach

My Approach


My Philosophy:

I believe that within the core of most human beings is the ability to self-correct. The ingredients are there; however, one must “tap” into them. Often this is not happening for a myriad of reasons. One primary reason is that a person cannot find a safe environment in which to process. Counseling provides a safe and confidential environment within which a client can view self as well as his/her world more accurately. The role of the counselor is to support the client as he/she makes corrections which result in more satisfaction with life.

My Therapy Model:

My PhD is in Marriage and Family Therapy which means that I am a “systems” trained therapist. What does that mean? It means that I understand that you do not exist in a vacuum. You are tied by invisible strings to others within systems (family systems, friendship systems, work systems, etc). Therefore, what you do affects them and what they do affects you. Even if you come to my office alone, in my mind I am building your systems as you talk to me about your life. Your systems have to be considered as we discuss the changes that you want to make in your life in order to have more personal growth.

Confidentiality:

Confidentiality is crucial to the therapeutic relationship. In all but a few rare situations, your confidentiality (that is, your privacy) is protected by state law and by the rules of the profession. The most common areas in which confidentiality is NOT protected concern abuse or neglect of a minor (child), an elderly person, or a disabled person. There are a few other areas which are thoroughly explained in the paper work you receive upon arrival for your appointment. The paper work is also available on this website under Starting > Information Regarding Services.


Testimonials

Mike Ferraro, LPC Intern, LCDC, LMFT-A

“Dr. Dunn has been my counseling Supervisor for two years. During that time she has taught me what it takes to become a good therapist. She is smart, insightful, kind and always helpful. She has always treated me with warmth and respect while having a good sense of humor. Her techniques, experience and judgement have helped me immeasurably in my own practice. I highly recommend her as a Supervisor and also to clients as a terrific therapist.”


Elise Thompson, Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT

“I highly esteem Dr. Jan Dunn as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who I have known for over 20 years. She has a remarkable way of expertly utilizing her training and many years of experience for the benefit of her clients and their relationships. By providing a safe and encouraging environment while respectfully challenging a resistance to change, Jan sets the stage for optimal growth. An opportunity to work with Dr. Jan Dunn is a great investment that will influence your life for the better!”


Debbie Tudor, LPC-S

“Dr. Dunn is a caring, compassionate therapist who expresses true concern and holds high standards in the care of her clients. She works diligently to provide a professional, positive environment that makes the client sure of their safety and comfort.”


Felicia Stefanow, Former Receptionist

“I met Jan Dunn working at her office space as her front desk receptionist. One of the best qualities about Dr. Dunn is she is very personable and is eager to help in any way possible. Her clients have spoken to me multiple times about how great she is and how much she does for them. She continues to be on time for her clients and makes sure she goes above and beyond to assist them in anyways. Jan is a kind soul and she is always looking to find ways to make others feel great. Even though I never saw Dr. Dunn for therapy I know she takes great care for the people she works with 100% of the time.”


Morgan Kirscht, Former Office Center Manager

“Jan is not only a wonderful therapist but a wonderful person. Her clients enjoy coming to see her and you can tell that Dr. Dunn genuinely cares about each of her clients. She is professional, courteous, and confidential when it comes to her clients and ensures every client gets the care they need.”