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Jillian Towar, MA

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor #10682

(Supervised by Victoria Rohrer & Kimmy Peterson)

Jillian Towar is an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor who graduated with her Master’s Degree in Mental Health and Clinical Counseling from Southern New Hampshire University in 2021. Jillian began furthering her education in Fall of 2021 towards her PhD. in Counselor Education and Supervision with a focus on Crisis and Trauma through Walden University. Jillian is dedicated to progressing her understanding of mental health and the physiological impact trauma can have on our lives and experiences and hopes to further advance research and our perspective of this relationship in the field of mental health and psychology.

Jillian is passionate about supporting individuals in their pursuit of finding understanding, connection, and self-compassion in their life experiences. Jillian has committed herself to diversifying her education and approach to counseling through webinars, books, research, and conferences. Jillian believes that our moments of greatest struggle can also hold the most potential for growth and self-discovery. By giving ourselves a supportive space to explore the places that feel painful or stuck, we open ourselves to a wealth of information about our deepest desires, strengths, and wisdom. This makes it possible to live with greater self-compassion, freedom in our actions, and ease in our relationships. Whether you are navigating a significant life transition, suffering from anxiety, depression, or trauma, Jillian provides a safe and respectful space to embark on this journey. Jillian believes she maintains this relationship through a strength-based approach in her use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Play therapy, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Jillian has experience in guiding youth, individuals, and families through the barriers and challenges presented by the pandemic, recurrent social injustices, vicarious trauma responses, and traditional stressors of daily life. Jillian has experience with youth and families who struggle with depression, anxiety, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, insomnia, substance use, trauma histories, and autism diagnoses. Jillian has worked with non-profits in favor of supporting and influencing youth to overcome their life circumstances through the Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma County, Ceres Community Project, and Social Advocates for Youth. These organizations allowed Jillian to strengthen her ability to connect with youth of all ages and diverse backgrounds and help them feel heard and understood in their developing identity. Jillian has continued to commit herself to diversifying her education and approach to counseling through webinars, books, research, and conferences.