Jennifer Boyea

(LMFT)

About Me

I am passionate about helping people find balance and peace in their lives whether they are struggling with relationship issues, mental health symptoms, or every day life stressors. I believe the therapeutic relationship we create is one of the most important components of a successful outcome. I strive to make people feel comfortable by remaining open minded, non-judgemental and genuine. I offer a strength based approach (utilizing DBT, Mindfulness, CBT and Solution Focused Therapy) to the people I work with and the situations they are dealing with because I strongly believe every individual has the capability to promote healthy change in their lives when they are ready and willing. Life is already hectic with never ending to-do lists and responsibilities that it can be easy to fall out of balance and begin to feel overwhelmed by it all. I feel confident that we can problem solve ways to help you regain that balance. I take a holistic approach to assessing the areas of your life that are causing the imbalances and help you develop ways to either cope with the circumstances or find other solutions to help alleviate suffering. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California and have been working in the mental health field since 2000. I have been licensed since 2011 and before that worked as a behavior specialist . Most of my career has been working in the school system, juvenile detention centers and residential facilities for youth removed from their homes. I have worked extensively with children, adolescents and their parents. I am also passionate about the mind, body and soul connection and am constantly researching and learning new ways to improve this important connection within myself so that I can share insights and knowledge with others looking to do so as well.

Important: Please Read
I do work a full time job Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm Pacific Standard Time and will therefore be unavailable during those hours to respond. I have designated virtual office hours so that you will know when I am available online to either respond to messages you have sent me, or to provide a Live session (message chat, video, or phone call) if requested. Response time to messages varies Monday-Friday depending on when the message was sent and when my online office hours are that day. Typically response times can range from within the hour to 36 hours but could be up to 48 hours depending on the number and length of the messages received. It is very important to me to put together a thoughtful response rather than a rushed one, so thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.

Betterhelp Virtual Therapy Office Hours
Monday-Thursday 6:00-9:30pm


* Please keep in mind I am not typically available on the weekends but you are still free to send me messages as often as you need over the weekend and I will follow up with you on Monday during my office hours.

Effective 11/7/2018, therapy appointments will be scheduled as follows:
30 minute appointments are actually 25 minute sessions, allowing for 5 minutes to write a note or take a quick break in between sessions.
60 minute appointments are actually 50 minute sessions (just like if you were to attend a therapy session in person), allowing for 10 minutes to write a note or take a quick break in between sessions.

Betterhelp is still working on making changes to allow for sessions to be booked in hour blocks rather than 30 minute blocks. This will certainly help prevent people being able to book 30 minute blocks back to back, especially when they wanted a full hour and I can’t always get into the system quickly enough to block the 30 minutes following the scheduled time to guarantee an hour session. Please note this does happen from time to time and I do my best to avoid disrupting everyone's schedule to accommodate needs.

I encourage you all to try and set up regular session times each week to ensure you have access to services more regular. While I do my best to accommodate last minute changes or requests, I also know I am not always able to do so and want to make sure you are getting what you need without a gap in being seen regularly.

I have been working with Betterhelp now for over a year and a half during which time I have been evaluating my own habits and making efforts to improve my own self-care so that I can always be my most optimal to best serve you all. In that process I have come up with some ways to have more effective balance in responding to messages each day without sacrificing my own self-care time. If we have a regular scheduled therapy session that week, I will be responding to additional messages within approximately 48 hours. If we don’t have a therapy session scheduled that week, I will be responding to messages within approximately 24 hours. This will ensure that my time is being given to each of you more equally but also taking into consideration individual needs. Any messages received after 1pm on Friday, or Saturday and Sunday will be responded to on Monday during my online hours (6:00-9:30PM PST).











Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Parenting issues
  • Self esteem
  • Depression

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder

Years of Experience: 13

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMFT #50099 (Expires: 2019-03-31)


Reviews

Written by L.O. on Nov 26, 2018 after counseling with Jennifer for 9 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

Jennifer has helped tremendously over the last year, I'm so glad I got paired with her.

Written by W.E. on Oct 28, 2018 after counseling with Jennifer for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and bipolar disorder

Jen is the benchmark for all therapists. She listens, shows she cares about me, and provides great suggestions.

Written by D.A. on May 15, 2018 after counseling with Jennifer for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and grief

What more can I say other then Jennifer is amazing! She listens and really respects me and supports me so much! Thanks for caring so much about all aspects of me!

Written by J.A. on Nov 27, 2017 after counseling with Jennifer for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, family, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

Jennifer is a wonderful counselor! She always gives me a great perspective on my issues and gives me sound advice. With her counseling, I always feel listened to and validated. I feel like I've learned a lot because of her, and have gained practical skills to make my life better. I am really appreciative of her help and I can't recommend her enough!

Written by L.A. on Nov 16, 2017 after counseling with Jennifer for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and bipolar

Jennifer has given me so many tools in my life to deal with emotions and life events. I've benefited so much from her counseling. Would highly recommend her!

Written by S.T. on Oct 10, 2017 after counseling with Jennifer for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Jennifer is a very compassionate soul who understands and takes the time to assist with goals and emotional needs even in times of crisis. Thank you for your superb support.

Written by E.R. on Aug 09, 2017 after counseling with Jennifer for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Ms. Boyea makes it really easy to relate to her. She is personable and always kind. She takes in everything you say and churns out a positive and constructive response even when the subject is truly harrying. Thank you.

Written by J.A. on Jun 21, 2017 after counseling with Jennifer for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, family, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

She's the best what more can I say

Written by L.A. on Jun 20, 2017 after counseling with Jennifer for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, parenting, and self esteem

Jennifer is a great counselor. She is very professional. She takes the time to write out thorough, thoughtful responses. She is helping me through a number of different problems/crisis sensitive situations. I highly recommend her.

Written by S.W. on Jun 19, 2017 after counseling with Jennifer for 4 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, sleeping, self esteem, and anger

Jennifer Boyea has been of great help to me. She listened when I needed someone to talk to badly.

Written by K.I. on Jun 18, 2017 after counseling with Jennifer for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping, and self esteem

Jen is amazing! just what I needed in my life. I enjoy this system with my every day to day schedule it fits right in when I need her the most. Gives the best advice with such flexibility in her options. Always makes me comfortable to open up to her. feels like having a friend with true productive advice. I cherish Positivity! Jennifer's Got it!!! Thank you Jen you are the Best!!!!

Written by A.B. on Jun 08, 2017 after counseling with Jennifer for 1 month on issues concerning relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

Jennifer has been a real pleasure to work with. Very supportive and collaborative in the process.