Paul Jenkins is a master’s level intern studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. Paul is a member of the American Counseling Association and is working towards licensure as a professional counselor. After over 15 years of pursuing interests in education, business, and international relations, Paul is honored to now have the opportunity to help individuals pursue growth, healing, and self-actualization through counseling. Paul utilizes his variety of work, educational, and life experience to meet clients wherever they are on their journey, and he draws especially from the experience of transformation that he found as a counseling client himself.
Paul believes that one of the most important elements of a healthy counseling relationship is that the client is able to authentically reveal themselves and still be accepted. To achieve this, Paul strives to understand and empathize with whatever is challenging each client while recognizing and affirming the strengths and sacredness of their individuality. Like Irvin Yalom, Paul views clients as “fellow travelers” with no one being immune to the tragedies of life. Because of this perspective, he considers it an honor to have people willing to share their stories and struggles with him. Although Paul’s goal is to encourage and empower his clients, he is just as often inspired and enlightened BY them.
Paul’s therapeutic approach is Client-Centered and emphasizes the importance of balance. Paul believes that it is important to address issues related to the whole self, including emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical wellbeing. He sees the first step towards this balance as the courage of each individual to face issues that need attention. That’s why every client that steps foot in his office he is hopeful for, and he is excited to have the opportunity to walk along beside them during their journey.
Although a lot of Paul’s time right now is spent working and studying, that’s not all he does. He also enjoys great food, great coffee, art, music, history, sports, travel, cultural exchange, and chilling with friends and family. Not a native of Nashville, Paul grew up in Knoxville, TN and received his undergraduate degree from Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Though he does love home, many of his fondest memories also come from his time spent living, studying, and working in places like the U.K, Spain, and Ecuador.