Janice LaFountaine, LMFT

Name:Janice LaFountaine
Gender:Female
Specialty:Marriage & Family Therapist
Review:3 client reviews
Location:1403 S. Grand Blvd.
101S
Spokane, WA 99203
Phone: 509-590-5922
www.colaboratingwellness.com
 
Insurance:Blue Cross Blue Shield, Premera, First Choice, Tricare.


Client Review:

3 client reviews of Janice LaFountaine scored 3.5 out of 5.

A New Man
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by Blessedman, Jul. 12, 2015

It took a while for me to get the courage to seek help from a therapist.  After my very first appointment with Janice, I felt accepted, and that there was hope on the horizon for me.  I have not been disappointed- Janice has been a God send for me.

I suffered from an intense case of PTSD.  I had sought other means of relief from my symptoms, but nothing I tried worked... Until I worked with Janice.  Before working with Janice, I felt completely hopeless that anything, or anyone could help with such a severe case of PTSD.

With some of my symptoms, severe insomnia for example, she suggested that I seek assistance from other professionals, which I did.  She didn't cease with aide until the problem was resolved.  I am so grateful for Janice's "never give up" attitude!

On a personal level, I would say that Janice is one of the most compassionate, encouraging, and caring people I have ever had the privilege of meeting.  On a professional level, I would say that "the proof is in the eating of the pudding".  I am a new man, with new hope, and a renewed life!

* this reviewer has be with this therapist for 1 - 3 years
* this reviewer had 3 - 5 therapists before.
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This Woman Is Amazing
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by emrgncymedtek1214, Jul. 12, 2015

Janice is a very mellow, easy-going, low-key, compassionate person and therapist who genuinely cares about her clients.  I have been going to Janice for almost two years now and have suffered from delayed PTSD due to childhood abuse, developed severe depression as a result of my life circumstances, and am currently in a relationship with someone who has the most severe personality disorder for therapists and people alike to deal with, borderline personality disorder.  She has used a combination of interventions (I know this because I am in school to become a therapist myself) to help me deal with my interpersonal relationship issues, frustration intolerance, depression, and PTSD.  She has seen me through the worst of my issues, worked with both my partner and I when needed, educated me on coping skills etc when I lacked the know-how, listened to feedback, made adjustments to my therapy because of that feedback, and as a result I have reached most of my therapeutic goals.  I have referred many friends and couples to her, all of whom rave about her.  She was instrumental in saving my friend's marriage and they even referred her to a couple they know.  She is knowledgeable and kind and definitely worth making an appointment to see.  

* this reviewer has be with this therapist for 1 - 3 years
* this reviewer had 3 - 5 therapists before.
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Doesn't help if you have a complex case
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by DissatisfiedClient, May. 22, 2015

She is good if you are a normal person with relationship problems. If there is a mental health issue in your relationship, look elsewhere. She will just try to throw regular therapies at you, which won't work, because they're not targeting the underlying mental health issues. She also will tell you to read a lot of books, and they will be for normal couples without mental health issues, and they won't actually help.

She administers EMDR. That stuff is amazing, but it's not due to some special skill she has. You can get as good of EMDR therapy elsewhere.

If you don't give her all of the answers, if you are any bit of a challenge, she will tell you that she doesn't know how to help you. She might even tell you that you and your partner are not compatible because you have differences. She might even call one of you abusive and then change a few weeks later to call the other one abusive, when in reality, neither of you are abusive (but have both previously been abused and have PTSD from it).

If conflict or not being listened to triggers old childhood trauma, she will tell you that you don't know how to take criticism and maybe you have a mental disorder like her cousin.

When you tell her what you think you need help with and what modality you feel would be most effective, if she disagrees, she will dismiss it and tell you to do it her way. When it doesn't work, she will say she doesn't know how to help you.

I gave her a year, hoping she'd do better when she got to know me and my spouse. We're both getting a new therapist who actually listens to us, and actually does the _work_ to help.

* this reviewer has be with this therapist for 1 - 3 years
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by janicejourney 2015-07-12 12:44:16
It is helpful to therapists when you let them know how they are doing, so they can understand what is or is not working.  Hopefully you shared your concerns and criticisms with her to allow her to address them or refer you to someone that you felt was a better fit.

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