Integrative Trauma Informed Psychotherapy

Military & Veteran Focused

Complex PTSD & Military Sexual Trauma

Trust yourself enough
To rise from the grounds of doubt
Bury that which has stopped you
From feeling alive
Set aflame your inner glory
Breathe the air of freedom
and live
— Medusa


As a Navy Veteran as well as a psychotherapist, my mission is to provide the highest caliber psychotherapy to active duty military members, veterans, and their families. Compassion combined with evidence based trauma informed psychotherapy for PTSD, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and a myriad of other mental health concerns. I am familiar with the military and the effects this can have in all aspects of our lives, especially in our mental health and wellness. We will work collaboratively to integrate various treatment modalities to meet the needs of you as the client.

Types of Psychotherapy Offered

  • Individual Psychotherapy

  • Telehealth for residents of Washington and Florida

  • Couples Therapy

  • Not offering child or adolescent therapy at this time


The main goal of therapy is to explore the areas of our mind that we have shut off or shut down in order to survive and accomplish the tasks at hand. Being cut off and disconnected are risk factors for suicide, depression, anxiety, and exacerbation of many other underlying issues. Therefore, in therapy we seek to reconnect both within our own mind and body healing as wells connecting to others again. To maximize the effects of psychotherapy, my main goals for this practice are as follows:


Create Collaborative Treatment Plans - We develop and discuss our treatment plan before and during treatment.


Maintain dignity and respect for each other and each of our human qualities.


Challenge each other to push beyond what we thought was possible.


Healing is not a one time event; it is something that slowly occurs through hard work, kindness, flexibility, and openness.



Rising Phoenix Wellness Center, LLC, was founded by Jennifer R. Ayers, LICSW, in 2017. After serving in the United States Navy as Clinical Social Worker, then working for another couple years at the local Naval Behavioral Health Clinic, she decided to pursue a dream of independent practice while still serving her fellow Sailors, other service members, and veterans. She has been on the waterfront in Coupeville since that time cultivating her practice and advancing her education and training to better serve her community. At the same time she opened Rising Phoenix, she began her Doctorate in Clinical Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. She plans to graduate in 2020 with her doctorate.

The rising phoenix is a symbol of growth even after burning to ashes. It is from the ashes of our life that we can rebuild and become stronger and mightier than we thought possible. Trauma changes our minds, bodies, and spirits. We often need help to navigate the healing process. Rising Phoenix Wellness Center aims to be that safe place to rebuild and grow again out of the ashes of our trauma.


Treatment Modalities

Rising Phoenix Wellness Center, is focused on providing the most up to date treatment modalities using an integrative and collaborative perspective. This means that we work together to create a course of treatment that has relationship at the center of the treatment process. We honor all perspectives and attempt to address issues as they arise.


Eye movement desensitization & reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is an evidenced based intervention recognized by the Veteran’s Administration & the Department of Defense as a first line treatment for PTSD. We also use EMDR in treating dissociation associated with Complex Trauma.

ATTACHMENT focus psychotherapy

Our first connections (attachments) impact how we relate to both ourselves and the external world. These relationships are often the path to healing by addressing the wounds that we have from the past we can begin to build new pathways in the present.

Mindfulness cognitive behavioral therapy (MCBT) & dialectical behavioral therapy(DBT)

Both these modalities interact and overlap with each other. As we learn to tolerate distressing emotions, we can better regulate our own emotional reactions to situations that may cause us to become emotionally dysregulated. Through MCBT & DBT we learn skills that help us restructure some less helpful thoughts and have insight into our own reactions.