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Jessica Vermaak, M.S., LMHC-QS

Since 2010. After graduating with my B.A. in Psychology, I landed my first job as a Behavioral Health Technician at a large treatment center in Delray Beach, FL. Having experienced personal trials of my own, I knew that this field I was meant to pursue. I learned everything I could on the job and eventually continued my education.

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, began working as a Behavioral Health Technician, and was encouraged to take courses through my employer to qualify for certification through the Florida Certification Board. Shortly after beginning those courses, I was encouraged to apply to a Master’s program. I was accepted to Nova Southeastern University, where I eventually graduated with a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling after completing an internship at Broward Health. At that time, I completed my application to receive a CAP & ICADC. I took the necessary exams and began to work on licensure through the Florida Board of Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. After completing the requirements as a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, I received my license, practiced in the field and took courses to become a qualified supervisor.

I specialize in supervising and assisting other professionals to pursue and attain their career goals, improving the field as a whole.

At Olympic Behavioral Health and several other organizations I have worked with, I have created training and presentations on various topics, including leadership, dual diagnosis treatment, and suicide prevention.

My philosophy toward therapy is a very holistic approach. To have a healthy mind, one must also focus on attaining a healthy body and spirit. Ensuring that we are nourishing our bodies, souls, and minds.

As with many other professions, we must adhere to continuing education in addiction treatment because this field is ever-changing and evolving. As professionals, we must always seek to improve our practice and stay abreast of growing trends. I stay current with the latest research, trends, and best practices within the field of substance abuse by ensuring that I’m always continuing my education. Whether it is through online platforms or in-person conferences. I love interacting with other professionals and learning from them.

Quite some time ago, I met one of our Primary Therapists, Adam Siegel, CAC, through another organization and learned that he was quite passionate about Schema Therapy by Jeffrey E. Young. I have found that this unique therapeutic approach is particularly effective and have encouraged him as his supervisor to utilize this approach with each and every client that we serve.

Since practicing as a counselor, I have found it quite rewarding to see some of my clients continue on their recovery journey and give back by changing their career paths and working in addiction treatment. I find their stories of recovery some of the most inspiring examples of successful client outcomes.

What I enjoy most about working in addiction treatment is giving back to others in need. Changing lives for the better is one of the most rewarding parts of my career. Just creating a supportive environment for clients and their families is something that not a lot of people can say they do.

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