Jackie Spring

Position: Outpatient Therapy & Consultation

Jackie provides mental health counseling and Specialized Consultation Services (SCS) at FIRSTwnc. With previous experience providing structured teaching and consultation to individuals on the Autism Spectrum, Jackie now comes to FIRSTwnc as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Master’s degree from Western Carolina University. With her initiative, empathy, and optimism, Jackie practices counseling with a diverse group of young people and their caregivers.

Whether with children or teens, Jackie’s approach to counseling is collaborative, and she empowers each individual to lead the counseling process while sprinkling in opportunities to enhance skills and progress toward goals incrementally. Jackie incorporates various evidence-based practices to fit each person, such as Child Centered Play Therapy, TraumaPlay, Theraplay-based strategies, Natural Flow EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She often integrates expressive arts and body-based practices into her sessions to bring forward the tools that the body already possesses.

As a consultant for teams and caregivers, Jackie has specialized experience in evidence-based practices for children, teenagers, and adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She understands that learning occurs throughout the continuum, including one-on-one skill development, team training, and parent coaching.

Jackie is available in person and through telehealth. In addition to her work as a counselor and consultant, Jackie loves being playful with her family and friends, practicing partner acrobatics, getting out for hikes on beautiful (and crummy) days, crafting, and gardening.