Life is hard, But I can help.
My name if Jennifer Forbes and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is passionate about helping individuals, couples, and families in times of crisis. Crisis can come in many forms: financial, relational, familial, social, academic, identity, career, etc.
My work focuses on understanding what is not working, developing a customized plan to address it, and implementing strategies to overcome it. My counseling style is pretty laid back and direct. I have been described as a good listener, supportive, collaborative, and a problem solver.
If you are wondering if counseling is for you, consider it from this lens. When your health is falling apart, you go to a doctor. When your car is falling apart, you go to a mechanic. What do you do when your life feels like it is falling apart? One way is to seek help from a counselor.
If you’re interested in scheduling, please click on the 'work with me' link.
For additional questions and/or alternative service options please visit my practice at Seed of Hope Counseling Services at www.sohcs.com and schedule a free consultation or initial appointment.
Jennifer M. Forbes, LMFT
License & Education:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), State of Illinois
Number of Years in Practice: 12
M.S. Applied Family & Child Studies with Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, Northern Illinois University
B.A. Psychology, Northern Illinois University
Trauma CBT Certified
Domestic Violence Certified
Sexual Abuse Certified
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
- Intimacy-related issues
Stress, Anxiety , Addictions , Grief , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Depression , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Blended Family Issues , Chronic Pain Illness and Disability , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Divorce and Separation , Emptiness , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Fatherhood Issues , Fertility Issues , Forgiveness , Immigration Issues , Infidelity , Isolation/Loneliness , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Men's Issues , Midlife Crisis , Money and Financial Issues , Multicultural Concerns , Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships , Postpartum Depression , Post-traumatic Stress , Pregnancy and Childbirth , Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling) , Sex Addiction , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Sexuality , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
IL LMFT 166.001007
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Jennifer is the best!
Jennifer is attentive and reassuring. She offers her expertise in a way that keeps me safe and confident and also with such a reflective tone. I'm grateful. She feels like a friend I can trust, but that helps me get through some of the hardest things in life!
My weekly "dates" with Jennifer quickly became one of the few things I looked forward to every week even when she makes me do things I did not have fun doing... but were necessary steps in the process. I am very grateful for her continuous support and help and she has been key to my happiness! <3
Jennifer is amazing, she knows how to talk to me she gets me.. I have made so much progress having her as my counselor.. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a great therapist.
I've only been working with Jennifer for a few months and I can already feel a change in myself. Setting goals and learning to trust myself is easier thanks to her help and support.
So far I love her style and approach. She’s super friendly and responsive.
Jennifer is the best! She helped me understand and create my goals, which were previously intense and confusing to me. I have gained clarity through out our sessions. I am grateful for her energy and wisdom. She created a safe and comforting space for me to experience my emotions, and always asked me the perfect questions. I appreciate that she sent me resourceful links and checked on me between sessions. I felt supported the entire time. :-)
Truly an amazing counselor! I suffered from debilitating panic attacks, trauma from my past, and a phobia of driving my car; with Jennifer’s cognitive behavioral techniques and ability to listen before giving advice, I was able to over come most of what was pulling me down! If there’s ever a moment in the future where I need mental health help, I would 100% go back to her. The great thing is, she’s down to earth, but also knows what she’s talking about! I do think sometimes it’s a little deeper than what we think… and going to her helped me sort through, not just the surface, but the deeper issues. Most importantly, I never felt judged.
She was readily available whenever I sent messages, and never missed a meeting! She continuously check in and had me complete forms that helped her to get the whole picture and me to see on paper what I needed to work through! She has a gift, and is meant to do what she’s doing; helping us. Thank you for everything!
Jennifer has helped (and is helping) me so much over from our sessions. I was suffering a lot in quarantine, feeling trapped, and also struggling with my insecurities & feeling lost. Jennifer is helping me identify what I can do to help change my thinking patterns to live a happier, mentally healthier, life -- I'm so grateful for her as a therapist.
Jennifer is such a sweet person and a great counselor. She is always understanding and really cares for her clients. I’m so lucky to have her
Jennifer really takes her time to understand, process and execute a plan for a better understanding. Very attentive, responsive and active with our sessions. Can’t wait for what’s to come in therapy.
First time doing therapy and Jennifer has made it really easy and comfortable for me to open up and talk. I also really like that she is available on messages and she gets back to me whenever she can. I feel Jennifer has helped me stay motivated to work on my goals and work on myself. I’m excited for the outcome of this therapy