Hi, I’m Jaclyn Hitchcock and I am the School Based Professional Counselor here at HCA.
I received my Bachelors of Science in Psychology at UGA, go Dawgs! Upon graduation I worked for three and a half years at Emory University in the Maternal Substance Abuse and Child Development center, as a prevention research assistant. I then continued my calling to work with children, by pursuing a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University. While working towards my licensure, I simultaneously worked towards a secondary license specializing in play therapy for children and adolescents. After completing the long list of requirements, I received my LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) and RPT (Registered Play therapist) licenses. I then started my career in private practice, specializing in working with children and adolescents. In the last ten years, I have provided therapy to individual child/adolescent clients, ran numerous social skills groups, and attended dozens of conferences on working with children and adolescents. Three years ago I decided to pursue the school counselor license from the state of Georgia, and received it that year.
About six years ago, God led me to HCA. I was surprised to find that Horizon did not have a counselor on staff, and felt God nudging me to try and fill that role. This is now my fifth year at HCA. Leaving private practice to become a school counselor was a big step for me, but a step that I knew God wanted me to take. It was part of his plan all along. I feel so blessed to be here. Working with and advocating for children and adolescents is my calling in life. Helping students to manage their stress levels, to learn how to cope through a panic attack, to talk through their anxiety, to grieve with them, to pray with them, to help them communicate better, to advocate for themselves, to resolve conflict, to work through their downtimes, to brainstorm ways of helping them to thrive, and working with their parents and siblings, are just a few of the many ways that I love to support your children.
This is a particularly hard time right now, as most of us have never experienced a pandemic. We are all trying to learn a new type of normal that can have both positive and negative impacts on our lives. I have gathered some resources that I feel may be helpful for getting through this time frame. I am also available through phone and email. You can reach me at (678) 947-0711 ext. 5214, or Jaclyn.firstname.lastname@example.org Please feel free to reach out, as I am always here to support your children.