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In person/Telehealth Options: Jonathan is available for in-person counseling and telehealth counseling.
Ages seen: Ages 4 and up
Populations: I serve children, adolescents, teens, adults and couples experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, suicidal ideation, couple’s communication and career counseling issues.
Days/Hours Available: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 12pm-7pm; Saturday 9am-4pm
Experience: Jonathan Semro has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, couples, and families having served for 24 years in pastoral ministry. Jonathan earned a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Houston Baptist University. He completed a practicum semester at West Oaks Hospital in Houston, Texas, working with dual-diagnosis, adolescents, and teens. Then he completed Internship I and Internship II with Serenity Wellness and Counseling in Cypress, Texas, with a variety of clients from ages 4 to 70+. For Internship II, Jonathan also worked for Christian Family Solutions where he gained valuable experience in individual and couples online therapy.
Everyone goes through struggles. I deeply appreciate the therapists who have helped me through difficult times in my life. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to earn my client’s trust in the counseling relationship and offer them a kind, compassionate, listening ear as we walk together to improve their mental health and wellness.
I am eager to assist and guide clients to make positive changes in their lives. I incorporate active listening, reflection and reframing communication styles and am understanding and non-judgmental. I am ready to help my clients navigate through the challenges of their life by supporting them as they discover their personal strengths, coping skills, and goals for the future.
I decided to become a counselor because I wanted to expand my skills of connecting and empathizing with people. I have always been a people person and am very comfortable talking with people. I want to enhance talk therapy by offering evidenced-based practices and knowledge to people experiencing life’s challenges.
I would teach people breathing techniques to help them regain a sense of control over their thoughts and reactions.
I have personally been in counseling at various times in the past 20 years. One of the most important things I have learned is that I am in control of my reactions to situations so I do not have to be controlled by other people’s opinions and expectations.
I would recommend 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin. This book opened my eyes to the idea of the locus of control and how I can protect my own mental wellbeing.
My ideal client is open to the possibility of personal change.
I practice self-care by spending time with my family, watching Astros games, reading for fun, playing piano, and getting enough sleep.
In April 2023 my mom passed away unexpectedly. Since I can’t invite both my parents, I would invite my dad and my two godmothers. Those three people are the three living people who have had the greatest impact on my life and who I am today. They provide a never-ending supply of support and understanding.
I relate most to holistic practices that incorporate guided meditation, breathing, centering and grounding exercises. I incorporate them into my session when people are feeling overwhelmed by life’s challenges.
I have been playing piano since I was 4 years old. I was in Barnes and Noble at midnight for the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I met Sarah, Duchess of York, when she was the Weight Watchers spokesperson.