Hello! My name is Jennifer Alder, LMSW. I have a BA Degree in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work. I have been a fully licensed social worker for over 7 years and practice out of the state of Michigan. I have enjoyed working in the mental health field for 15+ years in numerous capacities. I have successfully worked with all ages from birth-end of life assisting with many difficult transitions, challenges, and uncomfortable moments with those I have had the pleasure to work with. I regularly receive feedback about my sincere presentation and how I speak to people like people not like "clients".
I have over 5 years experience working with children and families in the child welfare system within foster care and adoption both with birth parents as well as foster/adoptive parents and their children. I have worked in a combined partial/inpatient psychiatric facility for over 5 years as well offering individual and group therapy to both adolescents and adults in the areas of general psych, trauma, eating disorders, and addiction. I have worked as a therapist with children suspected of being sexual abused with a local children's advocacy center. I have also worked with a groundbreaking organization in the community helping to assist seniors with aging in place and facing end of life issues, while trying to avoid them going into the ER and hospital or nursing facilities unnecessarily. I have worked a great deal with each of my clients as individuals as well as their family systems which support them. I enjoy using a person centered mixture of CBT, DBT, ACT, MI, & art therapies based on the needs of the individual I am working with. I have done this work both in person as well as virtual during the unprecedented season of Covid 19 which has caused many of us to change our modalities and think outside of the box in order to meet the needs of those we serve.
It is never easy to acknowledge it is time for a change in our lives . This need arises from a variety of sources and for many reasons. Sometimes we need assistance with navigating our emotions or processing what is occurring in our lives while other times we may need more guidance with finding our direction on where to even begin. I am very hopeful that together we can walk through any obstacles you may experience and help to find a way to overcome them and gain more support and success in your personal goals. I commend you for your courage and commitment in working to improve your self and I would feel very honored to assist you in this process and walk beside you throughout your very personal journey!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Communication Problems, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dissociation, Family of Origin Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Isolation / Loneliness, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
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She is so understanding of your problems and very caring. She’s always quick to respond to me in any time of need.
Written on Aug 27, 2023 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem
Jennifer is very down to earth and easy to talk to. So far, she has given great advice and helped me navigate through some tough times.
Written on Jun 21, 2023 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and coping with life changes
Jennifer has been such an incredible therapist for me. I feel like I am able to finally heal properly and take charge of my life. She’s extremely compassionate, understanding, and educated on the subjects we work on. I feel extremely confident confiding in her about my issues and I’ve been able to heal from past traumas.
Written on Mar 23, 2023 after therapy with Jennifer for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Jennifer is extremely knowledgeable, and it's only been 2 sessions. I would highly recommend working with her.
Written on Mar 21, 2023 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd
I came into this experience totally in the dark about therapy. Not even sure I needed it. The first session with Jen let me quickly know I had made the right decision for myself. Jen is so easy to talk to, she makes me feel completely comfortable. She has given me tools that have made a difference in my life just after a couple sessions. I would highly recommend Jen to anyone!
Written on Feb 14, 2023 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, and anger management
She is amazing
Written on Feb 13, 2023 after therapy with Jennifer for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, and adhd