College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Janeé M. Steele is a licensed professional counselor and certified CBT therapist. Dr. Steele has been a professional counselor for 15 years, and currently specializes in the treatment of depression and anxiety. Her certification in CBT includes over 40 hours of post-graduate training from the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, as well as evaluation of her clinical work, earning her the status of Diplomate and Certified CBT Therapist through the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies.
As a professional counselor, Dr. Steele utilizes CBT techniques and mindfulness strategies to help clients challenge the negative thoughts that lead to distressing emotions, behaviors, and physiological symptoms. In this work, Dr. Steele consistently seeks to build relationships with clients that are characterized by empathy and unconditional support, understanding that the therapeutic alliance is the most significant factor in empowering clients to overcome the negative views about self, others, and the world that lead to dysfunctional thoughts in daily situations.
In addition to her work as a counselor, Dr. Steele has also served as a counselor educator for the past 10 years. She is currently a member of the core faculty at Walden University. She received her PhD in counselor education and supervision from Western Michigan University and a master's degree in educational psychology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where she also received bachelor's degrees in psychology and elementary education. Dr. Steele has published both conceptual and research-based articles and a book chapter in peer-reviewed journals such as Counselor Education and Supervision, the International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, and the Handbook of Counselor Education. Her most recent publication titled, “A CBT Approach to Internalized Racism Among African Americans” describes cognitive conceptualization and treatment planning using CBT and a proposed cognitive model of internalized racism.