Jacob Gunter, APC
Therapy is not for crazy people; it’s for courageous people. Sometimes it can be hard to admit that we are struggling in our everyday life. Small issues we face may eventually become issues that affect our entire life. Sadness turns to depression, stress turns to anxiety, and frustration turns into anger.
We don’t feel guilty about seeking help for our physical health; neither should we for our mental health. Being able to accept who we are as people can help us find the change for the better. This same mindset can be seen in wanting help for our children and teens.
You are not a failure as a parent or guardian for seeking therapy for your children. On the contrary, being proactive proves that you are wanting the best for those you love. Life can be hard and we may not always know how to handle the new challenges thrown at us. Rather we face depression, anxiety, anger, trauma, suicidal ideations, self-injurious behaviors, stress, sexual issues, mood swings, or just feeling like everything is falling apart, we all need help.
Therapists do not try to change the individual but the thoughts and behaviors that lead to feelings of doubt, distress, and despair. No one is an expert on you but yourself. Therapy is to help guide you through the negative feelings so you can find the true and best version of yourself.
Jacob has worked in the mental health field since 2015 working with teens struggling with anxiety, social skills, depression, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, sexual problematic behavior, anger issues, gang affiliation, and borderline personality disorder. Jacob has also created and facilitated group therapy consisting of healthy relationships, anger management, social skills, healthy sexuality, impulse control, healthy masculinity, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Jacob takes a holistic approach to therapy integrating DBT, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and person-centered approaches helping clients apply problem-solving, guidance, emotional regulation, and mindfulness. Jacob is certified in DBT skills training.
Jacob is continuing his education in TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT, and Play Therapy.
Some fun facts
Jacob enjoys reading, writing, and playing video games with friends. He enjoys cooking and going on bike rides with his wife. Jacob is also a homebody where he enjoys spending time with his guinea pigs, Charlie and Cubone, and his cats, Dragon and Slayer. Jacob is also a huge Star Wars fan and enjoys the sport of fencing. Jacob has also hosted charity events to raise money to help organizations fight against human trafficking.
Now-the qualifications… (important and kind of boring part)-feel free to skip if you already know Jacob is the one you want to help you.
Jacob was born and raised in Georgia where he acquired his education. Jacob graduated from the University of West Georgia in 2015 with a bachelor’s in Psychology. He went on to his master’s in clinical Mental Health counseling from Liberty University in 2022. Jacob is in the process obtaining his experience to be a Licensed Professional Counselor.