My goal is to assist you in your journey to step into the power and truth of who you are. As you make this authentic transformation , you will develop skills to find the answers within, so that you can know your value. As a compassionate and loving person, I find joy in helping others improve their lives. I earned my Master of Social Work at Arizona State University in 1990. I have used my skills in so many settings. One of my significant experiences was my role as a Program Director at a residential treatment program for teens who had been in prison. I provided individual, group and family counseling and more. Another experience was my time in the Peace Corps in Jamaica working as a Medical Social Worker and then starting a Women's Crisis Center for domestic violence/sexual assault /and abuse. Most recently I completed a 2 year program in advanced spiritual psychology which has expanded the depth of my skills. I have provided counseling for a variety of personal issues such as depression/anxiety, stress, family problems, trauma/abuse, addictions, relationships/parenting issues, sexual assault and abuse trauma and more. Over the past years as a clinician, my experience has taught me that one of the most important aspect of counseling by far is the connection and comfort you feel with the person you choose to share your personal challenges. As a very compassionate and loving person, I am able create a safe and supportive connection with the people that I assist. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you to create a more loving and peaceful life.
Also experienced in:
Trauma and abuse , Grief , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , Coaching , ADHD , Abandonment , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Codependency , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Dependent Personality , Divorce and Separation , Domestic Violence , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Guilt and Shame , Impulsivity , Isolation/Loneliness , Life Purpose , Mood Disorders , Posttraumatic Stress , Self-Harm , Self-Love , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
Years of Experience: 15
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Grief, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dependent Personality, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Narcissism, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
IL LCSW 149009202
Her wonderful compassion and feedback have given me confidence to share.
Written on Apr 12, 2023 after therapy with Jennifer for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes
Jennifer was amazing to work with! I felt instantly connected to her. She made me feel very comfortable as I talked with her. She listened with great intent. She gave me great tools that I believe will help with me throughout my life.
Written on Mar 29, 2023 after therapy with Jennifer for 3 weeks on issues concerning trauma and abuse
Jennifer is excellent, I am grateful that she is my therapist
Written on Feb 07, 2023 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and anger management
Jennifer has been a very caring and thoughtful person. Encouraging me in every session with her positive outlook. Thank you!
Written on Jan 26, 2023 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem
Didn’t think that I would be a therapy person but working with Dr. V has been a wonderful experience.
Written on Sep 03, 2022 after therapy with Jennifer for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management
Jennifer has been very helpful in helping me with gaining different perspective on some topics. I appreciate her prompt responses and availability. I feel like she cares about me and my goals and that makes me feel good about continuing with therapy.
Written on Apr 13, 2022 after therapy with Jennifer for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, and adhd