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Community Highlights: Meet Crystal Jackson of Makini Counseling

Today we’d like to introduce you to Crystal Jackson. 

Hi Crystal, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Upon graduation, I started out working at a behavioral health hospital as an inpatient therapist. Although I loved working with patients who were experiencing crisis or psychosis, I knew that my goal was to have my own practice. Three years later, I decided to venture out on my with only 3 clients in my practice. Each month I would set a goal of how many new clients I would gain. Interestingly, each month I would hit my goal! Now my practice is completely thriving with a full caseload of clients all working towards their journal of healing. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
 I’ve had to learn on my own about how to run a business. I had no clue about building business credit or when to pay myself. Professionally I had to learn to work through my own feelings whenever the client prematurely terminated services. It was through growth that I learned that I’m not going to be a great fit for every potential client that I meet. And that’s okay. I realized the greater goal is for my community to gain access to mental health services, regardless if it was with me or another therapist.

We’ve been impressed with Makini Counseling, PLLC, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The name of my practice is called Makini Counseling, PLLC. Makini means “awareness” or “awakening” in Swahili. I provide psychotherapy to clients who have struggled with mood disorders like anxiety and depression as well as clients who suffer from psychotic breaks. However, I specialize in treating clients that have experienced a recent or childhood trauma. I obtained specialized training EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) to help clients help activate previously unprocessed memories and integrate the information to alleviate negative emotions associated with the trauma. This form of therapy is evidence-based and has helped many of my clients regain their power.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I’ve encountered things in my life that one would not consider to be ideal, but those experiences helped to form the person I am today. I learned to become grateful for all experiences, both good and bad. For there is no growth without pain. I firmly believe in the law of attraction. Simply put, positive thoughts bring about positive results. Therefore, there is no luck, just positive intentions. With that being said, I set the intention of running a successful private practice and I kept my thoughts positive and my heart filled with gratitude. 


  • Individual Counseling $120 per session
  • Couples Counseling $150 per session
  • All major health insurance accepted

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