Jakki Annunziata, LCSW
Jakki Annunziata is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) who earned her Master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University. Jakki enjoys working with clients who are open to courage and vulnerability in the therapeutic exploration of their lives. She enjoys working with artists/creatives, people struggling with low self-esteem, people in early recovery from addiction, and those who are motivated to make changes. Jakki is passionate about helping clients grow into the best versions of themselves.
Jakki understands how difficult it can be to ask for help, especially for those who have always needed to be ‘the strong one’ or are used to helping others while neglecting themselves. Asking for help can feel challenging and uncomfortable, but that first step of making the call and showing up is often the most difficult part. Jakki also understands how daunting it can feel to initiate change, as the fear and uncertainty that comes along with it can prevent us from moving forward. Jakki supports her clients by joining as an ally to their process, reminding them that they don’t have to work through life’s challenges all on their own.
Jakki believes in developing a genuine relationship where you can feel seen and heard and show up as your authentic self. She works with clients to address self-destructive patterns by getting to the core root of their issues. Jakki specializes in helping clients approach their core wounds, which may have led to outdated coping tendencies, diminished self-esteem, feelings of shame, or difficulty functioning in relationships. In exploring these wounds in therapy, Jakki and her clients work toward healing old wounds in order to experience greater self-appreciation and fulfilling relationships in the present.
Jakki brings a calming, understanding, and non-judgmental presence to the therapeutic relationship, which Jakki balances with active challenge and feedback in order to facilitate growth and change. Her therapeutic approach is integrative, collaborative, and individualized. Jakki has many years of experience working with trauma and addiction and prides herself on individualizing care to meet clients’ specific needs. Jakki helps clients replace ambivalence with a proactive skill set to reach their goals and maintain a sense of wellbeing, improved self-compassion, and self-love.
“You are not broken and in need of fixing. You are wounded and in need of healing.”
– Danu Morrigan
“Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change”
– Tony Robbins