Jayne Niskey, PhD, SE Missouri Regional Coordinator
If you would ask Dr. Niskey how she got into the field of psychotherapy, she would say a murder and a friend’s drug-related death. 1 Prior to these two events, she was teaching school in California with the Los Angeles City Schools. It was there that the first event occurred when one of her young students thought little of murdering his father with a butcher’s knife. This event affected her profoundly leading her to decide to pursue advanced studies in the field of counseling and psychotherapy. The second event was the death of her best friend from a drug overdose. Although Jayne had never been involved with drugs herself, as she explains that she was too busy being a student, this event provided more impetus to return to college where she would obtain a doctorate in guidance and counseling specializing in marriage and family counseling. She now holds licenses in Professional Counseling, Clinical Social Work and Marital and Family Therapy and is board certified by the American College of Certified Forensic Counselors as a Criminal Justice Specialist and Doctoral Addiction Counselor.
Dr. Niskey is firmly committed to assisting physicians who choose to remain in rural communities such as Poplar Bluff. Before her involvement with MPHP, she did some ad hoc work for the Board of Healing Arts monitoring physicians in addition to her private practice. When the opportunity arose to work with MPHP as a Regional Coordinator, she was delighted to have the backing of a medically supported program. As she says, “physicians have given their whole lives, time and money to improve mankind. We must help them along the way if we can in any way. Just think if by some small way a physician is helped by me, how many people I actually wind up helping because that doctor has much more contact with a greater number of people than I have. It’s like throwing a pebble in a pond and the ripples go on and out and on.”
Dr. Niskey has been in practice for 35 years and thoroughly enjoys what she does. She doesn’t intend to ever fully retire or as the cowgirl in her would say, “put myself out to pasture.” Dr. Niskey served a four year term on the Missouri Committee for Professional Counselors and was published in Who’s Who in the Midwest, 24th edition, in 1994.
“Niskey Shares Life Story During Mingo Program:, Daily American Republic, April 8, 1993