Meet Jackie Dowgiallo

Jackie Dowgiallo LMHC contracts with Wellness Psychological Services to offer remote video services virtually online all across the state of Florida and will be offering some in person services in the Tampa office.

Jackie Dowgiallo is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Addictions professional who has over 10 years of professional experience.   Jackie graduated in 2011 from Towson University with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Jackie started her internship and practicum at a private practice and completed mental health crisis counseling with a Mobile Crisis team in Annapolis, Maryland.  After obtaining her degree, she moved to Washington, DC to work at a nonprofit facility providing in-home mental health counseling to adults struggling with addiction and at risk of homelessness.  Jackie then decided to move to sunny Florida and began working with individuals suffering with substance addiction and trauma in residential and outpatient treatment facilities.  During this experience, she served as a private practice therapist in Tampa, working with adults suffering with life adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, and trauma.  Most recently, she served as a Program Director for an eating disorder treatment facility in Tampa, serving adults and adolescents.  This experience elevated her interest in eating disorders, as well as related issues such as body image, self-esteem, and body dysmorphia.

Jackie enjoys working individually with adults struggling with a wide range of issues including eating disorders, body image issues, trauma, and addictions.  Jackie also has experience working with anxiety, depression, and relationship issues.  Her approach to therapy is client-centered, trauma-informed, and believes that change is possible for anyone willing to make the choice to seek help. She enjoys integrating creativity and mindfulness practices into sessions and believes in weekly therapeutic assignments to increase productivity towards therapy goals. Jackie is very excited to be a part of the WPS team and is looking forward to providing counseling services to those in the Tampa Bay area.

EATING DISORDER/BODY IMAGE SPECIALIZATION

Eating disorders involve a range of symptoms that can significantly impact a person’s functioning and can cause significant life-threatening conditions.  There are several different causes of eating disorder symptoms including: societal and cultural pressures, environmental, and genetic impacts.  The impact of eating disorders on a person’s mind and body causes susceptibility to other psychiatric conditions such as anxiety, depression, and OCD.  Control and perfectionism are commonly associated with anxiety, and are addressed within the therapeutic journey, along with exploration of underlying thoughts and feelings perpetuating the behaviors.  I will allow the client to identify how the eating disorder controls their relationship with their body, food, and movement.  I use evidence-based approaches in treating the symptoms and behaviors including Dialectical behavioral therapy, utilizing mindfulness, improving interpersonal relationships, and increasing utilization of coping skills in managing distressing thoughts.  I use Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) which includes reframing negative thoughts towards the external and internal selves.  It also explores the dichotomy between the eating disorder and the recovered self, increasing awareness of automatic negative thoughts and related behaviors.  I add in theoretical approaches such as Health at Every Size (HAES) and an all-foods-fit approach, with the goal of intuitive/mindful eating.  This means that food freedom comes from improving a person’s relationship with all foods, allowing them to not label food as “good” or “bad,” thus reducing the obsessions and maladaptive behaviors with food.  I incorporate significant psychoeducation on eating disorder causes, symptoms, and treatment, typically involving the family or support network of the client seeking help.  I would be honored to be a part of the change process for you, and help you reach body acceptance and food freedom.

TRAUMA & PTSD SPECIALIZATION

Trauma can be defined as anything negative that you have experienced in your life.  Trauma can lay on a spectrum and can range from mild to severe symptoms.  There is no specific cure to trauma, however there are several evidence-based treatment modalities that help to alleviate symptoms in the moment.  I take a trauma-informed and client-centered approach in the beginning of therapy together.  These approaches help to establish empathy, rapport, understanding, and safety in the therapeutic relationship that is necessary for exploring deeper into the trauma itself.  I then incorporate neurobiological education into the session, helping the client to understand exactly what happens in the body when faced with a trauma trigger.  Education is a powerful tool in increasing body, mental, and emotional awareness, which can quickly improve the ability to use effective coping strategies to prevent and tackle the triggered symptoms.  I then use several different strategies to increase coping skills, including Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness/yoga techniques.  I also will utilize techniques from Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) which uses rapid eye movements to help desensitize negative experiences from trauma triggers.  ART also helps to re-shape the trauma narrative, which helps to reduce negative memories/flashbacks associated with the trauma itself.  I also have experience working with dissociation experiences that can be linked to trauma, using similar techniques and interventions.  Relief and change is possible with those struggling with trauma, and I would be grateful to be a part of that transformative process with you.

ADDICTION SPECIALZATION

Addiction can be defined as continued use of something despite it’s negative consequences.  Addiction can be debilitating, impacting all areas of a person’s life.  It can break a part relationships, careers, goals, and happiness.  I view addiction as a brain disease, and something that can be treated.  Treatment is possible with identification and utilization of specific external and internal motivators.  The most successful outcomes with addiction occur when there is a high degree of accountability with a person’s recovery, including a positive support network and the right treatment.  In the therapy process, I will break down the impacts of the development of the addiction and address the negative consequences to the use over time.  I then incorporate education on the neurobiology of addiction and how it can impact the brain and body.  I will then assist in creating small goals towards recovery, including craving management and relapse prevention planning.  I use mental reframing strategies from Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), distress tolerance and mindfulness from Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and improving accountability and drive to achieve recovery goals through use of motivational interviewing techniques.  When necessary, I encourage family/support network participation in the treatment process. Addiction can be considered a family disease, due to the impact in can have on all participating members of the family unit.  I know change is possible and sustainable for those struggling with addiction, and I would be honored to be a part of that change process with you.

OTHER ADULT THERAPY SPECIALTIES

  • Depression
  • Anxiety & Anxiety Disorders
  • Relationship Problems
  • Interpersonal & Emotion Regulation Training
  • Life transitions & Adjustment

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