About Jan M. Click
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Trauma Therapist in the Santa Clarita Valley
My Passion for Being a Therapist and in Treating Trauma
I love supporting and guiding my clients towards healing chronic stress and trauma, helping them to create hope in their lives.
I found Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to be a powerful and effective treatment modality in my own personal healing journey, and was motivated to obtain the professional training in 2003.
At that time, I was already treating therapy clients who had experienced trauma, and because of the effectiveness of EMDR, I knew it would be of great benefit to my clients.
In addition to my work as a therapist, my work in the community, as well as teaching and consulting with therapists, is highly rewarding. It helps ensure that more people have access to healing.
Key Qualities as a Therapist
I’m a compassionate therapist with over 40 years of experience providing counseling to people from all walks of life. My focus is to help my clients resolve symptoms of trauma, chronic stress, depression, anxiety and painful relationships.
My extensive training and experience in helping people overcome the devastating impact of persistent and severe stress and trauma (see below) enables my clients to have the best possible treatment so that they heal in the shortest time possible.
I attend regular trainings and conferences to keep up to date on the latest research and methods of therapy.
The ongoing consultation I receive to get guidance on the sessions that I provide to my clients helps ensure that I’m meeting my clients’ needs in the best possible ways.
For 32 years, I was a social worker with the Veterans Administration Health Care System (VA).
I worked in Mental Health, Long Term Care and Hospice during my time at the VA. I provided direct patient care and served in several administrative positions, including supervisor and consultant to other VA staff.
For 14 of the years that I worked at the VA, I provided various services in mental health including, psychotherapy to veterans with military and combat trauma as well as childhood trauma.
One of the primary treatment approaches that I utilized during this time was Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.
I was one of the first therapists at my facility to offer this innovative and highly effective treatment.
In 2011, I started a part-time private counseling practice, which eventually led to retiring from my position at the VA in 2012 and moving into private practice full-time.
Master of Social Work (MSW), Mental Health Concentration, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California (1980).
Certifications and Advanced Credentials
- Certified Therapist in EMDR
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA) Approved Consultant
- EMDR Institute Approved Facilitator
- Trauma Resiliency® and Community Resiliency Model® Master Trainer
- Trauma Resiliency Model® Approved Consultant
- Trauma Resiliency Model® Approved Facilitator
- Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator
- Member EMDR International Association
- Member, National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Presentations and Facilitations
- Delivered over 36 presentations on the Trauma Resiliency Model®, the Community Resiliency Model®, EMDR treatment for military and combat trauma, and Brené Brown’s Daring Way™ curriculum.
- Facilitated over 30 Trauma Resiliency Model® and EMDR Trainings to professionals
Professional Roles with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
- Vice President, Membership and Organizational Service of California Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Board of Directors.
- Alternate Regional Director, NASW California Chapter
- Co-Chair Northern California Women’s Council, NASW California Chapter.
- Chairperson, NASW Regional Women’s Conference Planning Committee.
- Chairperson, NASW District 16 Clinical Practice Committee.
Other Professional Roles & Assignments
- EMDR consultant to Department of Army clinicians who have taken EMDR training.
- Coordinator, Behavioral Health Performance Improvement. Greater Los Angeles VA Health Care System, Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center.
- Director, Social Work Graduate Education Program
- Chair, Advance Directives Subcommittee/Bioethics Committee. VA Southern California System of Clinics, Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center
- Co-chair, Wellness Steering Committee. Co-Chair, Wellness Fitness Committee, VA Medical Center, Sepulveda, CA
- Chairperson, EEO Advisory Committee, Jerry L Pettis Memorial VA Hospital, Loma Linda, CA.
Miller-Karas, E. Building Resilience to Trauma: The Trauma and Community Resiliency Models®, co-authored book chapter, “Veterans, Warriors and their Loved Ones”, Routledge, 2015.
As you can see, when it comes to treating the pain and turmoil of trauma, my vast training and experience show that I am a uniquely qualified therapist in the Santa Clarita Valley.
If you’re struggling with severe stress, anxiety, depression or relationship pain, I can help.
Regardless of how long or much you’re suffering, I’m confident that I can support and guide you towards a more enjoyable life.
Contact me for a no-charge, 15-20 minute phone consultation to discuss how I can help.
If we decide to work together, you can book a therapy appointment in my Valencia office in the Santa Clarita Valley, via video conference, or by telephone.