About Me

I like doing therapy. I find it rewarding, challenging, and fulfilling. I get to see clients change, grow, and become who they want to be. I get to watch them overcome their fears, anxieties, past traumas, and let go of unhealthy self-defeating patterns of feeling, behaving, and relating to others. I get to see them replace these patterns with a new way of seeing themselves and others. There is no profession like it.

I have wanted to be a therapist for a long time, and it all started back in a theories course I took as part of my undergrad psychology degree. I was required to critically review a book of our choosing. The book I chose was by the famous Swiss Psychologist, Carl Jung. It was called “Answer to Job” and it changed my life. From that point on, I wanted to better understand myself and others, and to learn how to help those suffering in life. I was hooked, and for the last 25 years I have been reading, studying, training, and receiving supervision in psychology, psychotherapy, neuroscience, trauma, and Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy.

I have 22 years of clinical experience and am currently an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Counseling at Marymount University. I am a guest faculty member of the Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry and board member of the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association. 

I enjoy teaching psychotherapy, conducting training seminars, writing, and have been an active presenter at regional, national, and international conferences.

For fun I like writing and playing music, cooking, gardening, and traveling. I also love the outdoors and enjoy mountain biking, hiking, and camping when I can.

Education

Ph.D in Counseling, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
MA in Counseling, Appalachian State University
BS in Psychology, Appalachian State University

Post Graduate Certification

•  Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, Washington School of Psychiatry

Licenses & Certifications

District of Columbia Licensed Professional Counselor (PRC 13971)
North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC 2530)
National Certified Counselor (NCC 35241)

ISTDP Training and Supervision

Supervision with Allan Abbass, 2009-present
Supervision with Jon Frederickson, 2008-2009
Spring ISTDP Immersion, Padova, Italy.  Allan Abbass (2010 & 2011)
Annual Halifax ISTDP Immersion, Allan Abbass (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016)
Graduate, Washington School of Psychiatry 3-year certificate program in ISTDP (2011).

REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

Journal Articles

Abrams, L., Post, P., Algozzine, B., Cooper, J. B., Miller, T., Gomory, T., & Ryan, S. (2006). Ethnicity and professional characteristics of play therapists. International Journal of Play Therapy, 15, 11-34.

Culbreth, J. R., & Cooper, J. B. (2008). Factors impacting the development of substance abuse counseling supervisors. Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling, 29, 22-35.

Cooper, J. B. (2008). Mental health consultation versus counseling supervision: A brief overview. Virginia Counselors Journal, 30, 55-58.

Cooper, J. B. & Ng, K. M. (2009). Trait Emotional Intelligence and Perceived Supervisory Working Alliance of Counseling Trainees and Their Supervisors in the Agency Setting. International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, 31(3), 145-157.

Cannon, E. C. & Cooper, J. B. (2009). Clinical Mental Health Counseling: A national Survey of counselor educators. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 32(3), 236-246.

Book Chapters

Cooper, J. B.  (2007). Response to critical incident: Mandated Supervision: Trouble for an External Counseling Clinical Supervisor. In T. L. Harrington & J. R. Culbreth (Eds.), Critical Incidents in Clinical Supervision. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

Cooper, J. B., Meyer, D., & Paul, R. (2008). The impacts of marriage on depression and anxiety with non-clinical adults who have experienced early life stressors. Compelling Counseling Images:  The Best of VISTAS 2008. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

Cooper, J. B. & Jackson-Cherry, L. (2009). Essential crisis intervention skills. In L. Jackson-Cherry & B. T. Eford (Eds). Crisis intervention and prevention. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Cooper, J. B. (2009). Counseling skills. In B. T. Eford (Ed). Orientation to the profession of counseling: Advocacy, ethics, and professional foundations. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Cooper, J. B. & Ng, K. M. (2009). On becoming an emotionally intelligent counseling supervisor. In  J. Culbreth & L. Brown (Eds.). State of the art in clinical supervision. Routledge

CONFERENCE AND PRESENTATIONS

Refereed International

Briggs, W., Cooper, J. B., Furr, S., Magnus, V., & Scarboro, B. (2008). “If only I had known…”: Lessons from the field. Three hour learning institute presentation at the 2008 American Counseling Association Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Hagedorn, B., Lambert, S., Juhnke, G., Cooper, J. B., Rohr, S., Temme, M., & Chiofalo, J. (2008). When talking won’t work: Implementing experiential activities with addicted clients. Program presented at the 2008 American Counseling Association Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Meyer, D. D. & Cooper, J. B. (2008). The impact of marriage on depression and anxiety with adults who have experienced early life stress or traumas. Poster presentation presented at the 2008 American Counseling Association Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Lambert, S. F. & Cooper, J. B. (2008). Building networks among addiction and offender counselors: Developing IAAOC state chapters. Poster presentation presented at the 2008 American Counseling Association Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii

Cooper, J. B. (2007, June). Emotionally intelligent supervision: An examination of the role of emotional intelligence on the development of the supervisory working alliance. Program presented at the Third International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision, Buffalo,  NY.

Ng, K. M., & Cooper, J. B. (2006, April). Emotional intelligence at work. Three-hour learning institute presentation at the 2006 American Counseling Association Annual World Convention, Montreal, Canada.

Refereed National & Regional

Cooper, J. B. & Meyer, D. &  (2012, March). How does that make you feel? An introduction to affect regulation in counseling. Three-hour learning institute presentation at the 2012 American Counseling Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.

Meyer, D. & Cooper, J. B. (2011, November). How does that make you feel? An introduction to affect regulation in counseling. Virginia Counseling Association Conference, Portsmouth, VA.

Meyer, D. & Cooper, J. B. (2010, October). How does that make you feel? An introduction to affect regulation   in counseling. Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Williamsburg, VA.

Kok, K. M., Cooper, J. B., & Hill, K. (2010, March). The practice of emotionally intelligent supervision. Three hour learning institute presented at the 2010 American Counseling Association Convention, Pittsburgh, PA.

Rambo, T. D., Cannon, E. C., Cooper, J. B., & Nielsen, S. (2008, November). Fundamentals of counselor supervision: Minimizing liabilities-maximizing achievement. Program presented at the 2008 Virginia Counselors Association Conference, Roanoke, VA.

Cannon, E. C., Cooper, J. B., & Davis, T. (2007). LGBT adolescents: The ethical responsibility of professional school counselors. Program presented at the 2007 Virginia Counselors Association Conference, Portsmouth, VA.

Cooper, J. B. & Cannon, E. C. (2007). Creative supervision: Integrating the sandtray as an experiential adjunct to the supervision of counselor trainees. Program presented at the 2007 Virginia Counselors Association Conference, Portsmouth, VA.

Lambert, S., Cooper, J. B., Baker, N., & Smith, K. (2007). Connecting Virginia addiction and offender counselors: The development of an IAAOC Chapter. Program presented at the 2007 Virginia Counselors Association Conference, Portsmouth, VA.

Cannon, E. C., Cooper, J. B., Starkey, D., Sheperis, C., & Williams, R. (2007, June). Community, clinical, mental health counseling specialties: Working to establish a solid counselor identity.  Program presented at the 2007 Association for Counselor Eructation and Supervision (ACES) Conference, Columbus, OH.

Cannon, E. C., Cooper, J. B., & Jackson-Cherry, L.  (2007, June). Navigating the culture of academe: What they don’t teach you in your doctoral program. Program presented at the 2007 Association for Counselor Eductation and Supervision (ACES) Conference, Columbus, OH.

Ng, K. M., Cooper, J. B., & Snow, S. (2005, February). Supervision 101 for beginning clinical supervisors. Program presented at the North Carolina Counseling Association Conference, Charlotte, NC.

Ng, K. M., & Cooper, J. B. (2004, April). Counselor educators and international counseling students. Program presented at the 2004 American Counseling Association (ACA) Annual Convention, Kansas City.

Ng, K. M., & Cooper, J. B. (2004, February). Differences between non-Western international counseling students and American counseling students: In the eye of their professors. Program presented at the North Carolina Counseling Association Conference, Charlotte, NC.

Ng, K. M., & Cooper, J. B. (2003, September). Counselor educators’ experience in training international counseling students. Program presented at the 2003 Southern Association for Counselor Educators and Supervision (SACES) conference, Chattanooga, TN.

Local and State Workshops

Cooper, J. B. (2012, July 20-21). Introduction to motivational interviewing. 1 CEU course taught at Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery County Campus, Rockville, MD.

Cooper, J. B. (2008, April). An introduction to motivational interviewing. Training conducted for local and state substance abuse counselors. Sponsored by Virginia Tech’s chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, Falls Church, VA.

Cooper, J. B. (2007, December). An introduction to emotional intelligence. Program presented to the 5th grade class of Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School, Falls Church, VA.

Cooper, J. B. (2007, July). Introduction to sandplay therapy with adults and children. Program presented to the counseling staff of The House of Ruth, Beltsville, MD.

Cooper, J. B.  (2005). An introduction to motivational interviewing: theory and technique. Staff training  conducted for McLaughlin Young Employee Assistant Program. Charlotte, NC.

Cooper, J. B. (2004) The supervisory relationship: Implications for practice and research. Guest lecture for Doctoral internship class in counseling supervision. University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Cooper, J. B. & Scarboro, B. A. (2003). Get into gear: Motivational interviewing with addicted populations. Training for local and state substance abuse professionals. Charlotte, NC.

Cooper, J. B. (2001). Motivational interviewing: Techniques for addressing substance abuse issues with adolescents. Training to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Student Assistance Program Counseling staff.

Cooper, J. B. (1999). Modified interactive group therapy: Integrating Self-Psychology into the group treatment of clients with dual disorders. Training conducted for the outpatient chemical dependency staff at Pathways Recovery Center, Gastonia, NC.