Judith E. Pearson (CHT,LPC,PhD)
As a skinny little kid growing up in blue-collar family on the outskirts of Kansas City, I never imagined I’d get a doctorate degree, publish books, have a counseling practice, travel the world, or end up living just minutes outside of Washington, D.C.
My father had a 9th grade education and married my mom right after she finished high school. She had me at 18, followed by three younger sisters. I loved reading, drawing, and swimming. I was a good student, so no one was surprised that I was the first person in my extended family to graduate from college. I paid for college by working summers as a life guard/swim instructor and by taking out National Student Defense Loans.
I married my college sweetheart, a smart young Army officer. We were immediately assigned to Fort Huachuca, AZ, where I taught swimming with developmentally delayed kids. Soon we transferred to Fort Bragg, NC. For the next five years I worked as a social worker, a counselor in a center for emotionally disturbed children, and on a childhood testing project for the state department of health. I added a master’s degree in counseling to my bachelor’s degree in social work.
My husband took a position with the federal government and we moved to Northern Virginia in 1977. I worked as a testing psychologist in a government agency. I hated the lack of advancement opportunities for women back then and the male-dominated politicking. I resigned, taking a job with a small federal contracting firm working on research and development projects for the Department of Defense. In 1980 I sat for the state boards, becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Although my coworkers were likeable and professional, I knew I didn’t belong in a corporate culture. The salary was good enough to pay for vacations all over the world. Nevertheless, I wanted to work in mental health. Like Andy in the Shawshank Redemption, I burrowed my way out.
For the next 19 years I led a double life. By day I worked as project manager. On nights and weekends I earned a doctorate degree, published in professional journals and magazines, and obtained certification as a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Master Practitioner Trainer in NLP. Through Toastmasters International I won several speaking competitions and held leadership positions, earning the title Distinguished Toastmaster. I started a part-time practice, getting referrals by teaching adult education and continuing education for mental health practitioners.
The next few years were difficult, with several setbacks, including a divorce, injuries from an auto accident, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome due to exhaustion. I switched companies and worked as a Project Manager/Writer on an Air Force outreach contract to small businesses. Somehow I doggedly managed to continue publishing articles, reviewing books, teaching, and counseling clients on nights and weekends. In 2004, my life turned around. I married John, a handsome, outgoing Captain in the US Navy. I left corporate work for good.
Today I have a busy private practice, Motivational Strategies, Inc. in Springfield, VA. I specialize in hypnotherapy and NLP. I’ve published two books with an international publisher: The Weight, Hypnotherapy and You Weight Reduction Program manual, and Why Do I Keep Doing This? - a book on self-hypnosis. My first ebook is Stop Arguing: Easy Conflict Resolution for Couples. Improve Your Writing with NLP will be released in 2013. I speak at conferences and hold workshops on the applications of hypnosis and NLP for habit control and improved communication skills
I am the Executive Director of the National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists, on the Advisory Board of the International Hypnosis Research Institute, and a member of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis and the Association of NLP. I am licensed in Virginia. I've published over 200 articles and reviews on habits, NLP, and hypnosis.
The Reason I Became A Helping Professional
Experience has taught me that we don’t accomplish meaningful goals unless we consciously choose what we want from life and we decide to settle for nothing less. Then we must knuckle down to the hard business of planning, taking personal responsibility, exercising self-discipline, and motivating ourselves to take action and put forth consistent effort. That’s why I named my practice Motivational Strategies, Inc.
I work with clients mired in self-sabotage, plagued by self-imposed anxiety and insecurity, and struggling with overeating, smoking, chronic worry, insomnia, phobias, and negative self-talk. To me it all comes down to habit. People get stuck because they repeatedly engage in self-defeating behaviors. That’s why I focus on habits. Habits can make the difference between success and failure, health and sickness, fulfillment and misery.
NLP and hypnosis are excellent psychological tools for transforming your mindset. I practice solution-oriented counseling and coaching. I teach strategies for
• Setting workable goals
• Improved coping skills
• Self-discipline, personal responsibility, accountability, and motivation
• Effective communication skills
• Accessing your inner strengths and resources
As the Habit Maven® I’ll help you stop the habits you hate and start the ones you’ll love.
Call me for a free 5-10 minute phone consultation. Contact me to speak at your next event. Please go to my website, sign up for my free occasional newsletter, and get a free report: Ten Ways to Stop a Bad Habit, Ten Ways to Start a Good Habit.
Judith E. Pearson
Judith E. Pearson
Over $120 per session