Rev. Jane Ward Carlton
M.S.M.F.T., M.Div., LMFT, LPC
- Downers Grove
630-357-2456 ext. 114
- career/professional development
- family issues
- life transitions
Jane has extensive experience providing psychotherapy and relational therapy for individuals, couples and families experiencing a broad range of issues, including survivors of childhood abuse, trauma, violence, relational betrayal and loss, couples experiencing communication and intimacy difficulties, struggles in parent-child relationships, difficulties of navigating intellectual giftedness in various forms, women’s issues, and individuals exploring spiritual issues. Jane utilizes a relational and integrative therapy approach. She believes that each person who reaches out for therapeutic support deserves a relationship that is marked by a sense of safety, trust, compassion, warmth, acceptance, understanding and genuineness. While providing this type of relationship, she utilizes her expertise to help each person experience the unique growth, healing and wholeness they seek. Jane also has a passion for serving congregations that desire to provide care-giving to their own church members and surrounding communities.
Jane holds a Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy from Northwestern University and completed clinical training at The Family Institute in Evanston, IL. She also holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and completed parish ministry training in Carney’s Point, NJ and hospital chaplaincy training at Princeton Medical Center in Princeton, NJ. Jane is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). She is also a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is trained in premarital counseling using Prepare/ Enrich. Jane is a member of The True North Task Force of the Chicago Presbytery which seeks to help facilitate change and healing in faith communities in which boundaries have been transgressed and to educate faith communities and their leaders to prevent boundary violations. Jane is also a Board Member of the Illinois Association of Marital and Family Therapy working on planning for and serving mental health needs at the state level.
In addition to sojourning with others through the counseling process, Jane loves spending time with her family and friends, hiking outdoors, swimming, exploring nature in all its forms, playing piano and guitar, enjoying Chicago’s museum and musical theatre scene, continuing her learning through advanced and specialized training in providing therapy, and avidly reading non-fiction. Jane also cherishes the weekly opportunities to worship and serve at her church and to serve others in the wider community.