I have had the privilege to be a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and provide therapy services for over 2o+ years. I completed my MS.Ed at Southern Illinois and my undergraduate work at the University of Iowa. I am passionate about working with adolescents, adults, families and couples. I believe in using a relationship based, strength driven approach for each individual. I provide a safe and relaxed environment to encourage you to achieve the goals you have identified. I have experience in addressing areas such as depression, grief and loss, crisis management, anxiety, trauma, suicide and crisis, LGBTQ, women’s issues, stress, mood disorders and comorbidity and many others. I believe I offer a very positive experience, as my goal is always to build a solid relationship out of trust and caring. I have worked within the fields of corrections, schools and education, communities, addictions, residential and outpatient settings. I believe in focusing on strengths, meeting you where you are at regarding your goals and building relationships with each individual. I use techniques based on your needs; including CBT, TFCBT, RET, Relationship and strength based, culturally sensitive, solution focused, addiction. mindfulness, Systems and Brief approaches. I address the biological, emotional and relational aspects in your life. I believe each individual has the ability to make changes in their life. I feel it is a honor to be chosen to engage in the therapy journey with you. I will empower you to find your strengths, your abilities and to be the expert in your life. Seeking therapy is often the hardest step and I look forward to being a part of your future story.
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dependent Personality, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
IA LMHC 00681
Jennifer is very kind, supportive, and understanding. I feel heard and motivated to keep moving forward with the changes in my life. Plus, she's just fun! If you want a no-nonsense therapist, she isn't for you. If you want a therapist you can laugh with whilst feeling safe and comfortable enough to dish your darkest secrets, she's the one for you! Bonus points for my queer fam: she is LGBTQIA+ friendly! She is an intersectional feminist as well (Disclaimer: I am white [as is she] so I can't speak to her experience talking to people of color, but I'd say she's an ally and she's an empathetic one at that.)
Written on Apr 21, 2023 after therapy with Jennifer for 1 year and 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd
Jennifer is an awesome therapist and was very supportive of me. She helps me focus on what I need to and provide the support that gives me the courage to move forward. I appreciate all that she has done for me.
Written on Apr 15, 2023 after therapy with Jennifer for 1 month on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and compassion fatigue
I haven't been with Jennifer for very long but having someone I know I can go to and will respond rather fast has been great. Being a first-time participant in therapy I was nervous to get started but she made the video sessions comfortable and safe.
Written on Apr 11, 2023 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and adhd
i love her she’s amazing
Written on Mar 11, 2023 after therapy with Jennifer for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd
Loving my experience. I can’t wait to continue this journey
Written on Jan 10, 2023 after therapy with Jennifer for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and adhd
I like it so far. It’s been 2/3 weeks
Written on Dec 31, 2022 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, and intimacy-related issues