Hello! My name is Jenifer, and I am a licensed therapist in both Illinois and Iowa. I have a Masters of Science in Education in Counseling and a Bachelors degree in psychology from Western Illinois University. I have worked as a Masters-level clinician in behavioral health since 2000, and have experience working in virtually every level of care--from residential, to inpatient, to outpatient, to community mental health. This has given me the opportunity to work with individuals at various levels in their mental health journey.
I see adults of any (or no) spiritual background, but can offer Christian Counseling for those seeking a safe place to discuss their faith as it relates to their life struggles. Whatever you are at spiritually, emotionally, or mentally, I meet you where you're at! In terms of my counseling approach, I primarily practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Art Therapy and Trauma-Centered therapy. I provide counseling for those stuck in depression, anxiety, traumatic stress, or unhealthy coping patterns. Effective counseling is a collaborative experience; that means you and I will work together to identify opportunities for growth and healing, as well as the strengths you already have. I do give homework assignments from time to time so that you can continue your healing work outside session. My passion is helping people see what is possible so they can live life with more joy, peace, and wellness. I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dissociation, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
IL LCPC 180.005115
IA LMHC 099624
Jenifer is nothing but kind, caring, and an expert in her field. She's helped me work through an unbelievable amount of childhood trauma. I would recommend her to everyone I know.
Written on Aug 19, 2023 after therapy with Jenifer for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with li
She is kind, friendly, and is really good at instilling hope and motivation within you. Though we just started, I am looking forward to working with her further.
Written on Jun 27, 2023 after therapy with Jenifer for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and adhd
Jennifer just gets me and I feel like she really wants what’s best for me! She is very insightful and give good suggestions! She also prays with me and honors God! It is such a blessing to have a believer for a therapist!
Written on Mar 12, 2023 after therapy with Jenifer for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd
I've had just a few sessions with Jenifer but she has been very attentive and listens very well. I am so glad to have taken the step to open up and I am so much gladder (I know maybe not a word) that I came across Jenifer!
Written on Feb 20, 2023 after therapy with Jenifer for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and family conflicts
Jenifer is amazing; she made me feel so accepted, embraced, and supported and offers very practical advice!
Written on Dec 21, 2022 after therapy with Jenifer for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd
I honestly don’t know what I would do without Jenifer.
She has opened my eyes to so many things that I couldn’t possibly have gotten to alone.
Written on Dec 19, 2022 after therapy with Jenifer for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management