Jeanette James – Her 23-Year journey to emotional healing, Navy Dad, Vietnam Veteran Story, Licensed Professional Counselor (001)

Jeanette James

Jeanette James on healing from emotional trauma. Vietnam Veteran’s daughter’s 23-year healing process, controlling military family deployment expectations, Veteran’s PTSD recovery, Battle Buddy Help suggestions and her first military coin.

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Introducing Jeanette James

Jeanette James is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, owner of Aligned Empowerment. She leads a successful career in providing therapy via Telehealth to Veterans, active-duty service members, military families and in-person services to immigrant children. She utilizes evidence-based practices suited to meet the unique needs of her clients.

She holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling for Mental Health from the University of Phoenix and has over ten years of leadership experience. Through holding a diverse range of management positions in social service nonprofit and for-profit agencies, she has garnered considerable experience serving victims of trauma, with much of her focus being on military/Veteran populations and women-specific issues.

Throughout her career, she has received distinguished awards that recognize her for her level of integrity, collaboration, and excellence within her field. Amongst those awards are being the recipient of the 2019, 2020, and 2021 Star Award and the 2018 “The Founder’s Award” through Cohen Veterans Network (CVN). She was granted therapist of the year in 2014 though El Paso Behavioral Health System.

In her spare time, Jeanette enjoys reading, hiking, exercising at the gym, and Latin rhythm dancing. She is also a producer of self-help videos that she posts in an effort to benefit and inspire others.


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Episode 001: Jeanette James – Her 23-Year Journey to Emotional Healing

Jeanette James’ Power Statements

  • We wake up every day in stress.
  • Healing to me is the ability to be you fully at all times; the good and the bad.
  • My entrepreneurship allows me to impact lives outside of my employment.
  • The ego has to go out the door when you are a the therapist, coach, or peer.
  • I get very angered when people say military families are entitled. That word should not exist. 
  • Education is empowerment. Empowerment is when you utilize it. 
  • The weekend are weekdays we somehow assigned to live our lives.
  • Sometimes we give our energy to people who don’t care about our energy at all.

Jeanette James’ Favorite Movie

The Little Mermaid – Her Favorite “memory” movie.

Jeanette James’ Favorite Books

Personal Book:
The Power of Now – By Eckhart Tolle

Professional Book:
Dare to Lead – Brene Brown
Whale Done – Ken Blanchard

Connect with Jeanette

Personal Profiles:
Facebook | Instagram | She provides her email address in the podcast. I am not providing it here so she will not be spammed.

Professional Profiles:
Linked IN |  Psychology Today

Other Resources

1-800-273-8255 – Veteran Suicide Prevention Hotline

Jeanette James’ Biography – Jeanette James’ official Endeavors page

The Scott Whittle Show Podcast Page – The complete list of the Scott Whittle Show podcast.

The Scott Whittle Show Podcast Facebook Page – The official Facebook page for the Scott Whittle Show.

Articles about the effects of deployment on children:

Trauma Faced by Children of Military Families – A May 2010 article published by The National Center for Children in Poverty.

Psychiatric Effects of Military Deployments on Children and Families – A February 2012 case study by Dr. Trenton James and Dr. Jacqueline Countryman published by the National Library of Medicine.

Persons mentioned in this eposide:

Dr. Osvaldo Gaytan – The personal Facebook page of a child psychiatrist in El Paso, Texas and the creator of the private Facebook Group Guitarantine 2020

Dr. Osvaldo Gaytan – The professional Linked In profile of a child psychiatrist at El Paso Behavioral Health System in El Paso, Texas.

Facebook Groups, Companies and Agencies mentioned in this eposide:

Cohen Veterans Network – The webpage for the El Paso location. CVN is a national non-profit agency helping post 911 Veterans and their families. Jeanette won “the Founders Award” in 2018.

El Paso Behavioral Health System – The official website. EPBHS is a for-profit mental health agency where Jeanette won the “therapist of the year” award in 2014.

Guitarantine 2020 – A private Facebook group created by Dr. Osvaldo Gaytan during the pandemic for musicians and singers to interact. Jeanette posted various singing video here during the pandemic.

The El Paso Ballroom Dance Academy Website – Want to learn to dance or become a better dancer? Jeanette’s recommended dance studio in El Paso. You might see her there. Listen to the complete podcast to discover the days she is there.

The El Paso Ballroom Dance Academy Facebook – The El Paso Ballroom Dance Academy Facebook page.

The El Paso Ballroom Dance Academy YELP – The El Paso Ballroom Dance Academy YELP page.

Author: Scott "SW" Whittle

Scott "SW" Whittle is a Gulf War era Veteran and former Texas Real Estate agent. He is the husband of Laura and father of Bethany. His professional bio can be seen on his LinkedIn profile. (