Jean M. Hankins, M.Div., M.S.M.H.C., LPC
I am a client-centered therapist trained in many therapeutic approaches ready to help you become joyfully and confidently engaged in your life. I was born in Greenville SC but only lived in the state for 6 weeks. My husband, Damon and I moved to North Myrtle Beach two years ago bringing me back to my home state. We share our home with our sweet cat, Mischief. We have two adult children who love coming home to the beach!
It is my goal to help each person experience help and healing while learning new skills for life's issues. It is my vision to allow people to discover themselves through their faith. At all times it is my desire to provide unlimited welcoming, unconditional love and the unwavering hope of transformation. As each of us grows in our faith we learn that physical and mental health is part of our whole salvation. As our faith deepens we begin to understand and believe Christ’s desire is for us to be whole. This is the encouragement that each person needs as they struggle with crisis. Stress and emotional issues can be a difficult, if only because it's something new. My commitment is to help you make positive changes in your life. Together we will explore how current patterns of feeling, thinking and acting could be altered by increasing mindfulness and self-compassion.
My work experience has allowed me to bring a wide berth of skills to our work. I joined HCA/Dominion Hospital, Falls Church VA as an intern in 2010; I joined the HCA/Choices Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), located in Ashburn VA in 2013. At Choices IOP I provided psycho-education groups utilizing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy as well as individual and family one-on-one counseling. In these venues I encouraged clients to express their feelings and discuss what was happening in their lives, and helped them to develop insight into themselves and their relationships. Before joining HCA/Dominion Hospital I served an internship at the National Institutes of Health Hospital and Clinics, Bethesda MD as chaplain where I offered pastoral counseling to patients and families as well as grief counseling. I have also offered grief counseling through Evergreen Hospice.
My theological education began in my family. I am the granddaughter of a Lay Leader in the Methodist Church. I am the daughter of a Licensed Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church. I have been in the church and been the receiver of theological education for my entire life. While as a baby I was exposed to theological ideas I remember them through the stories my family tells about me being part of a live nativity as a baby. My parents led the MYF for several years and I was part of that experience. As I grew I began to hear God's message of love and grace and this has shaped me as I have been a part of a loving and trusting family. I feel the unconditional love of Jesus in my life wherever I go. This has allowed me to seek out answers, be assured of God's love, and accept people with grace and love.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Master of Science Mental Health Counseling, 2011, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA.
Master of Divinity, 2007, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.
Bachelor of Science in Management, 2003, Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA.
Member American Counseling Association
Member American Association of Pastoral Counselors.