Hi, I’m Jeff Jones.
Navigating the ups and downs of life leaves tracks in our body, mind and soul. Sometimes they’re blatant, dramatic and obvious. Other times, the impact is subtle and barely recognizable – like mine. My “normal” childhood, came with a blessing and an invisible burden.
My grandfather showered more love and attention upon me than anyone in my life – a blessing for any child. But, my mother hated him. I was torn and confused. As a teen, I learned my grandfather was alcoholic, resulting in my mother having a childhood of struggle, challenge and suffering. Secrets lay buried in the family psyche.
Decades later, I learned the childhood blessing from my grandfather came with an invisible burden. I unknowingly carried the pain of unhealed family wounds into my adulthood. Years later, I learned this pattern is a psychology concept called intergenerational transmission.
In the 90’s, my insatiable curiosity of the impact systems have on individuals and families provided me with numerous work experiences and eventual academic study in couples and family counseling. In 2006, I got a Masters degree from the University of Colorado in Denver.
This pathway of experiences informs how I work with individuals, families and groups.
Seeing how addiction has ripped so many families apart, left me sad and curious. Standing on the shoulders of many brilliant practitioners, I sequenced education and facilitated processes into a pathway for families healing from the ramifications of addiction. One person initiates.
Today, the pathway is online and connects family members across the country to recognize past impact, contributing factors to their present situation, the future they’d like to create together, and practical action steps to get there.
We cannot change our past.
We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play the string we have, our attitude.
– Charles Swindoll