Dr. Jagers retired in September 2018 after 42 years as a private practice counselor in the Dallas. He continues to serve the missionary community with East-West Ministries and with his home church, PCPC (Park Cities Presbyterian Church). He also remains active with his leadership of the local chapter of CAPS (Christian Association for Psychological Studies).
For six years in the late 90’s, he served on the Licensed Professional Counselor Board in Austin. For nine years he served as Director of Counseling Services at Dallas Theological Seminary.
His short-term mission trips have taken him to Uzbekistan, Spain, Tanzania, Indonesia, Peru, China, the Middle East, Switzerland and Senegal. His passion is to care for those who care, but who often don’t take adequate care of themselves. Hence, the member care ministry fits him well.
Educationally, Lee received his PhD in Counseling at the University of North Texas, his ThM in New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, and an earlier MS in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State College.
He holds three licenses:
- LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor)
- LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist)
- LCDC (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor)
He is a member of four professional organizations:
- American Counseling Association
- American Psychotherapy Association (Diplomate Level)
- Christian Association for Psychological Studies
- Christian Counselors of Texas
He and his wife, Sonia, have three grown children and has five grandchildren.
He can be reached on his cell phone at 214-336-6281 or his e-mail LeeJagers@gmail.com
A couple of personal notes:
This website is meant to be a place to organize and present those topics that I am thinking about on a daily basis. Lately, I am interested in finding good people doing good things in the community and showcasing them. I would love to be a resource for those who share my interests, and hope to be a catalyst for professional dialogue.
To help new clients answer the question, “What kind of person is my counselor?” I offer the results of my Strengths Finder Inventory Report that I took recently. Out of 34 “Strengths” measured, these are my top five. I think they describe my values pretty well.
People who are especially talented in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links between all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason. Your Personalized Strengths Insights What makes you stand out? Chances are good that you underscore what people have in common even though their backgrounds, experiences, languages, cultures, or interests vary greatly. You facilitate dialogue between individuals. You create peace within groups and between people by linking them to one another. Driven by your talents, you may assert — that is, declare or affirm — that every person comes into your life for a purpose. This partially explains why you launch into discussions or engage in small talk with people you are meeting for the first time. Perhaps you want to figure out why your paths in life have crossed. Instinctively, you are attracted to news that promises to improve the quality of life for the entire human family. This information makes you feel much more optimistic about the world’s future. Because of your strengths, you may be determined to make the acquaintance of certain individuals you identify as seekers of truth. Perhaps you are attracted to people who ponder philosophical questions such as “What is the meaning of life?” or “What is beauty?” or “What constitutes wisdom?” or “Why do bad things happen to good people?” or “Why should ordinary people like me even ask these kinds of questions?” By nature, you consider people more important than things. The value you place on humankind guides your decision-making. It also influences what you say and do as well as what you choose not to say and do.
People who are especially talented in the Positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do. Your Personalized Strengths Insights What makes you stand out? By nature, you feel pleased when friends seek your counsel. Being asked for guidance uplifts you. It often gives meaning to your life. Driven by your talents, you often marvel at your ability to sense the feelings and perspectives of other people. You feel very good about yourself and life in general when you put aside your opinions, biases, or preferences. Your satisfaction probably comes from figuring out why someone behaves, feels, or thinks differently than you do. Because of your strengths, you spontaneously tune in to the emotions and needs of individuals. Your intuitive insights tell you when a person needs to be cheered up, offered support, or given approval. This special gift of yours helps people grow personally and professionally. It also frees them to feel good about themselves and what they can do. Instinctively, you are eager to share your time, talent, and treasure with others. You understand the importance of giving. You are naturally big-hearted. As a result, you quickly see what is good and right about the individuals you meet. You are apt to keep your distance from those who only talk about what is wrong with people. It’s very likely that you feel enthusiastic about life when you contemplate everything you can accomplish in the coming months, years, or decades. You probably need to know what the future holds before you can concentrate on today’s activities.
People who are especially talented in the Individualization theme are intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. They have a gift for figuring out how people who are different can work together productively. Your Personalized Strengths Insights What makes you stand out? Chances are good that you may help people see the opportunities and possibilities that await them in the coming months, years, or decades. Instinctively, you are keenly aware of people’s unique traits. You notice characteristics that distinguish each person from everyone else. Driven by your talents, you occasionally buy books or check them out of the library because you enjoy reading. Your investigative mind may sometimes be a bit restless until you have collected enough information to produce answers. Maybe you read about topics of personal or professional interest. These might range from history to science, from politics to mathematics, from entertainment to sports, or from art to law. It’s very likely that you may help people move in the right direction by highlighting what is working well. Perhaps you emphasize the good things about individuals, groups, or situations rather than dwell on mistakes or problems. By nature, you may ponder options rather than react without thinking through things. Sometimes you weigh the ramifications, consequences, outcomes, or effects. Sometimes you aim to understand the basic “whys” and “hows” of a situation, problem, or opportunity. Individuals might trust you to be cautious. They might expect you to raise important issues that require further consideration.
People who are especially talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena. Your Personalized Strengths Insights What makes you stand out? Chances are good that you are an original and innovative thinker. Others frequently rely on you to generate novel concepts, theories, plans, or solutions. You refuse to be stifled by traditions or trapped by routines. You probably bristle when someone says, “We can’t change that. We’ve always done it this way.” Because of your strengths, you occasionally aim for the topmost title or prize. With some forethought, perhaps you generate alternate tactics. Your options may give you an edge over people whose performances or results are being compared to yours. Driven by your talents, you often experience satisfaction with your life when someone asks you to scrutinize, assess, examine, or evaluate things such as people, processes, plans, or mechanisms. By nature, you favor conversations where information, facts, or data are considered objectively — that is, emotions do not distort the truth. You pose questions, evaluate answers, and figure out how things work. Reducing an idea, theory, or process to its most basic parts provides you with many insights. You are likely to archive — that is, preserve — your discoveries so you can use them later. Instinctively, you feel more favorable about life when you can freely use your sophisticated vocabulary. Your pleasure is multiplied tenfold when your choice of words stimulates the thinking of others.
People who are especially talented in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions. Your Personalized Strengths Insights What makes you stand out? Because of your strengths, you are comfortable saying, “I am a fine educator.” You probably converse with others in your field about ideas, theories, or concepts to gather the latest thinking. Using these insights, you are apt to draw your students into discussions that entice them to explore topics. You want them to really understand the subject rather than memorize a few facts just to pass a test. Driven by your talents, you gravitate to discussions where the participants are committed to searching for truth and reason. Instinctively, you may gravitate to people who love to think about or talk about the past. Your taste in books and other written materials sometimes leads you to the history sections of bookstores, libraries, or Internet sites. Perhaps your passion for reading about humankind’s ever unfolding story allows you to feel comfortable in the presence of specific historians. It’s very likely that you occasionally read several books or publications at the same time. Without confusing yourself, perhaps you peruse — that is, studiously examine — one for a while, then put it down, pick up another, and continue reading where you left off the last time. Maybe your need to gather information partially explains why you juggle two or three topics, plots, or authors in the same time span. Chances are good that you periodically are comfortable having time to yourself. Perhaps these interludes provide you with an opportunity to read. Whether you are sitting on a quiet beach or in a crowded airport terminal, you might be able to create your own space with a book, magazine, newspaper, document, or correspondence. Gleaning certain kinds of information, inspiration, or insights from these sources might make your relaxation a bit more pleasurable or your delays a bit more tolerable.