Vanessa Jackson, M.A.B.C., LPC, EMDR, CSAT


B.F.A., Communication Design, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

M.A.B.C., Counseling, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX

Student Ed.D. in Community Care and Counseling with a focus on Traumatology, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA (expected graduation May 2023)


Vanessa grew up in a military family, spending most of her childhood in Turkey and Germany, moving every 2-4 years. 


She pursued her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Design at Southwest Texas State University and graduated in 2001. After a divorce and difficult financial hurdles, she decided to go back to school as a single parent of two kids, then 3 and 5 years old, and attended Dallas Theological Seminary. It was during this time that she met her husband and his two children, they dated and were married a few years later. Blending their family, working as a Chaplain full time, and completing school, she graduated with honors and obtained a Masters in Biblical Counseling Dec 2015.


Vanessa’s personal experience, mixed with her professional experience and training, makes her a great fit for anyone tackling identity, purpose and direction. Her specialty is working with single parents going through difficult transitions, co-parenting, and self-doubt. She is EMDR trained and CSAT certified, specializing in Betrayal Trauma. Vanessa loves working with couples who are motivated to grow together, is both Prepare & Enrich and SYMBIS certified, as well as leads the High Conflict Couples Class at the south office location. 


In her free time, Vanessa swims, paints, and loves spending quality time with her husband and five children. She currently serves as President of the Christian Counselor of Texas Association Austin Chapter, services in missions abroad with Ananias House, and recently published her book Suddenly Single. She lives in the Lakeway area and is attending Life Austin Church in Southwest Austin TX.


Check her out online:

Abigail Network, a local Austin, Texas resource site for single parents to find connection, community and resources.






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Phone: 512-331-2700