I’ll be in Columbus every Monday from 9 - 5 starting on May 6, 2019! Call today!

ABOUT Terri Kern

My Philosophy

In my view, there are two skills people need to successfully navigate through life: flexibility and resilience.   Therapy is the process of building these critical life skills in a safe and supportive environment without judgment or the therapist’s biases or opinions.  My role as a counselor is to guide patients through self-discovery in order to gain a realistic view of self and the world around them.  It’s not my job to tell anyone what to do or how to do it.  Rather, I help each patient achieve the changes they need or desire in order to strengthen their well-being.  You are the expert in the challenges you face, and only you know what changes you need to make.  I am solution-focused and expect you to do some hard work, and I’ll walk with you in your journey and provide education, encouragement, and support along the way. -  Terri Kern, MA, LPCC

My Treatment Focus


My focus is to help individuals and couples grow, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. I achieve this by providing therapy in a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan. 

My Patient Promise


I promise to be there for you every step of your journey.  My goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life. 

My Therapy

Individual Counseling


Individual counseling can help you develop new insights about your life and uncover underlying issues that cause you to feel bad.  Negative emotions culminate into stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other psychological disorders.  I’ll help you develop new tools to handle your emotions and problems so that you can improve the quality of your life. 

Couples & Marriage Counseling


Couples face many challenges that can cause disconnection, anger, constant complaining, and hostility.  I use the Gottman Method of of Relationship Therapy and give couples tools to communicate effectively, manage conflict, appreciate your partner, and connect with your partner is a healthy and productive way.   I even help couples break up in a respectful way.  

Parenting Coaching


Positive parenting can be a challenge for married, single, step, and foster parents.  We all want the best for our kids and often times we resort to learned behaviors from our own childhood to manage issues that arise with our children.  I can help you work with your child to manage everyday problems and address discipline issues.  Parenting coaching can help you create a deeper connection with your child and bring peace to your home.

Adolescent Counseling


Becoming a teenager or a young adult can be a difficult time for kids.   Teens face issues of independence, relationships with other kids and adults, sexuality and identity.  Emotional disorders such as depression, anxiety, and more serious problems such as schizophrenia and other psychological disorders become apparent during this time.  Suicide is the leading cause of death for kids in this age group.  I help teenagers develop healthy coping and problem solving skills that help them build their self-esteem and self-sufficiency.

Workplace Stress


Workplaces are sometimes riddled with bad bosses, unrealistic workloads, and fear of being fired or downsized.  Poor coping skills at work can lead to depression, anxiety, hopelessness, and substance abuse.  I can help you gain the tools you need to deal with difficult people, manage the demands placed on you, and develop the confidence needed to navigate through the rough waters.

Video & Telephone Counseling


Sometimes called Telehealth or e-counseling, I provide video and telephone therapy for patients who want to engage in counseling remotely.  I have a HIPPA-compliant portal that allows us to talk face-to-face via video.  We can also conduct our sessions via telephone.  These methods are ideal for days where you can’t get into the counseling office but don’t want to miss a session.

My Blog


Written by S.T. on Mar 19, 2019 after counseling with Terri for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, and parenting issues

Terri is literally perfect on every level! I truly can not believe I have even gotten so lucky to have matched with her.... From professional to personal and everything in between she is outstanding...

Written by S.T. on Mar 07, 2019 after counseling with Terri for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Terri is a compassionate person who really listens and provides valuable and practical insight. She helps define goals and different methods by which to attain them. Terri provides a safe, judgment-free environment in which I can be honest with her and myself. I am so lucky BetterHelp matched us!

Written by J.E. on Jan 24, 2019 after counseling with Terri for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, and anger management

It was very difficult for me to reach out and ask for help since I am such a control freak and micromanager. I was so happy to be matched with Terri. She is lovely, supportive, a wonderful listener, and has great coping suggestions for me. My life is markedly improved since I began my sessions with Terri.

Written by D.A. on Jan 24, 2019 after counseling with Terri for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues

Terri is amazing! She is helping me through a number of issues and most of all helping me to realize that what I am feeling is ok. 

Written by S.H. on Jan 20, 2019 after counseling with Terri for 2 weeks

Terri is great! I feel like she completely gets me and understands what my feelings are and where they are coming from.

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Terri Kern, MA, LPCC

Licensed  Professional  Clinical Counselor at Blue Boat Counseling

Blue Boat Counseling

5858 North High Street, Suite C, Columbus, Ohio 43085, United States





Starting May 6, 2019 I will be in Columbus ON MONDAYS ONLY at Blue Boat Counseling. 

Appointments start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m.