About Me

Jon Jay Esslinger, MS, LPC, LCAS, CSI, NCC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, Counseling Supervisor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and a trained family and teacher specialist.  My goal is to help families and teachers create healthy and strong relationships at home and in the classroom environment.

I utilize a multitude of evidence based and best practice tools to provide the highest quality of therapeutic interventions and techniques.

Evidenced-Based Therapeutic Techniques:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Family Centered Therapy
  • Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
  • Trauma-Focused CBT
  • Multisystemic Therapy
  • Trauma Resiliency Training

With families and teachers, I believe in using a multitude of tools in order to provide the techniques that best work for their unique situation.  Each person and challenge is unique, so there is not a one-size fits all approach.  That being said, there are a variety of best practices that influence the work that I do with families and teachers:

  • Conscious Discipline®
  • Positive Parenting
  • Attachment Parenting
  • Emotional Parenting
  • Parenting with Love & Logic®
  • Love & Logic® for the Classroom
  • Positive Discipline
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Emotional Classroom Management
  • Educational Linguistics
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Non-Verbal Classroom Management

The Love & Logic® Approach:

Many parents and teachers are interested in the Love & Logic® approach, so I want to address it in some detail here.

I believe in techniques that bring the fun back into parenting and teaching, while helping the child and student learn responsibility.  Love & Logic® is a philosophy founded by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline, M.D.  It is based on the experience of a combined total of over 75 years working with and raising kids.  Founded in 1977, it is the approach of choice among leading educators, parents, and professional counselors worldwide.  Love & Logic® is a philosophy of raising and teaching children which allows adults to be happier, empowered, and more skilled in the interactions with them.  Love allows children to grow through their mistakes; logic allows them to live with the consequences of their choices. Love & Logic® is a way of working with children that puts parents and teachers back in control, teaches responsibility, fosters healthy emotional growth, and instills confidence and dignity in young people as they navigate the complexities of the real world.

Love & Logic® offers adults an alternative way to communicate with children. The techniques produce immediate results because they are simple, practical, and easy to learn. The concepts behind Love & Logic® place a heavy emphasis on respect and dignity for children while allowing  parents to grasp simple approaches instead of learning difficult counseling procedures.

Although Love & Logic® is not a substitute for therapy, it is a powerful addition. The philosophy encourages healthy communication and gives people a glimpse of how a healthy family and learning environment functions. It also provides easy-to-learn techniques that can be applied immediately.

It’s never too late for parents and teachers to begin using new and powerful techniques. They are always valuable and effective, regardless of whether the work is with a teenager or a toddler. (Adapted from www.loveandlogic.com.)

For more information about these approaches, please visit:

Evidence-Based Mental Health Treatment for Children and Adolescents (SCCAP): www.abct.org/sccap/

National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (NACBT) : www.nacbt.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): www.nami.org

National Institute on Drug Addiction (NIDA): http://archives.drugabuse.gov/TXManuals/CBT/CBT3.html





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