Impact Therapy is an active approach to individual and group counseling developed by Dr. Ed Jacobs, Dr. Chris Schimmel, and Dr. Danie Beaulieu. This multisensory approach to counseling is a form of brief therapy that emphasizes making counseling sessions clear, concrete and thought provoking. Impact Therapy encourages counselors to combine creative counseling techniques with various counseling theories. This invative approach to counseling has been very well received by school counselors and therapists from all areas of the mental health field including private practice, mental health and drug and alcohol treatment centers, hospitals, and correctional facilities.
Ed Jacobs is the coordinator of the masters' program in the Counseling, Counseling Psychology, and Rehabilitation Department at West Virginia University. Professional publications include 25 articles in books and journals as well as four books on counseling techniques: Impact Therapy, Creative Counseling Techniques: An Illustrated Guide, Group Counseling in Correctional Settings, and Group Counseling: Strategies and Skills. Ed has been recognized for his outstanding teaching and contribution to the field. In 2006, he was given the Outstanding Teacher Award in his college. Also in 2006 he was given by the Association for Creativity in Counseling the Innovator of the Year Award. In the past he was recognized for his contributions in group work by being given the Professional Advancement Award and selected as a Fellow in the Association for Specialists in Group Work. Ed is a licensed professional counselor and has maintained a small private practice for over 25 years. Chris Schimmel is the coordinator of the school counseling master's program at West Virginia University. She serves on the counseling licensure board for the state of West Virginia and is on the task force that is updating the state standards for school counselors in West Virginia. Chris is co-author of Group Counseling: Strategies and Skills, which is in the 7th edition with an accompanying DVD which she co-produced with Ed. Chris was a school counselor at all three levels and teaches courses in counseling children, play therapy, and parenting. Chris and Ed presents throughout the United States, and other countries workshops each year on Impact Therapy, Creative Counseling, Theories into Practice and Group Counseling for state and national conferences, agencies, school districts, and organizations. They are known for their practical, down-to-earth style in both their presentations and their books.