Negotiating the challenges of everyday life is not easy. It's especially more difficult if you are struggling with other issues like anxiety, depression, significant life changes, sexual identity, relationship struggles, trauma or addiction. A life out a balance is not a self-fulfilled life! Giving yourself permission to acknowledge what is not working and wanting to talk to someone is a courageous step. Therapy should be an opportunity for you to share your struggles in a judgment free compassionate environment. My style is to provide a space where vulnerability and authenticity are welcome. I also know that to make change, it takes encouragement and sometimes a little push. If you are ready to start your journey to being happier and more fulfilled in your life, I would like to be your guide.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) practicing in Utah and have been in the field of social work for 29 years. I have two undergraduate degrees from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT, and a Master's in Social Work Degree from Smith College in Northampton, MA. In addition to doing clinical work, I teach at the college level. As a result of living all over the United States, I have worked with many diverse populations and welcome the opportunity to continue to do so.
I currently specialize in working with individuals and couples on relationship issues and sexual wellness. I assist clients with sexual issues and concerns, including, but not limited to: intimacy issues; infidelity; communication; sexual pleasure; sexual function and dysfunction; sexual variation; sexuality/gender identity; and sexual functioning over the life span. The approach I use for supporting a client is tailored to each individual's unique needs, and is often eclectic, meaning a combination of several therapies. My early training was based in the psychodynamic approach of Object Relations. As my focus changed to include couples in my practice, I now utilize a variety of treatment modalities, with the emphasis being on Attachment Based Therapy, Relational Life Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. I have come to deeply appreciate that no matter who the person, circumstance or diagnosis, it is empathy, compassion and equanimity that are the greatest gifts I carry into therapeutic relationships.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Infidelity, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Sex Addiction, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
UT LCSW 273804-3501
Jennifer is amazing. She is so smart, kind and a real person that listen to you and help you to find ways to deal with whatever you are struggling with. She makes each session very personal and specific. I am so grateful I started talking to her and I can already see changes by using the tools she is teaching me.
Written on Feb 01, 2022 after therapy with Jennifer for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd
Jennifer is great. A fully trained professional, as you would want and expect, but more than any other therapist I’ve seen in the past she puts me at ease and picked up on my idiosyncrasies quickly - which has been important in keeping me active in therapy (something I want and need).
Written on Jan 17, 2022 after therapy with Jennifer for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes
Jennifer is a highly skilled and personable counselor. Highly recommended.
Written on Aug 19, 2021 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 months on issues concerning depression, and adhd