I have been a social worker for 23 years. The majority of my career was spent in trauma and loss, foster care and special needs adoption. I have experience with young adults who have grown up in the foster care system, both those who were adopted and those who aged out of the system. I also have extensive experience in grief and loss issues following the loss of a loved one having counseled adults and children in that area. I am currently a full-time school social worker and have experience dealing with typical siblings of non-typical siblings and the issues this brings into a family, even after adulthood.
I have experience helping couples deal with fertility issues, grief and loss, and the loss of a child. I have also worked with parents following the death of an older child, or an adult child who passed away.
My background is varied, as are my beliefs and practice areas. I personally, am a person of faith, however come from a politically and societal liberal base. I think many of us fit into this, although it can feel very isolating in today's climate. I have successfully worked with adults of all faith, or no faith basis at all depending on what my client was most comfortable with.
I have experience working with people of faith who have gone through divorce or blended family issues.
I would say I am LGBTQ friendly, but would never pass myself on as an expert, much of my experience in this area with adults has been as a trusted friend or family member. My professional experience has been with kids and young adults.
My practice tends to lean toward solution focused therapy. Where are you, and where would you like to be? What changes needed to be made to get there? What will it look like when we get there so we know we arrived? I enjoy helping clients identify their needs, goals and their strengths to help reach those goals.
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Relationship issues, Eating disorders, Career difficulties, Depression, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Adoption and Foster Care, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Communication Problems, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
MI LMSW 6801086414
Highly recommend and very attentive. Her insight adds more than I expected.
Written on Jun 12, 2023 after therapy with Jennifer for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd
Jennifer is a great listener and advice giver. She helped me feel like I wasn’t crazy in my feelings.
And always checked in to see how I was doing. I would recommend:)
Written on Mar 09, 2023 after therapy with Jennifer for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Jennifer helps keep me on track and accountable. I've used skills learned from her to help me throughout my days when stress starts to get overwhelming.
Written on Feb 25, 2023 after therapy with Jennifer for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, coping with life changes, and coaching
Jennifer helped me work the emotional mess left after I cut off my verbally abusive mother and brother. She validated my experience when my previous therapist kept on pushing the idea that I could maintain these people in my life even when they made me miserable. Jennifer genuinely cares about me reaching emotional stability and happiness on my terms.
Written on Jul 27, 2022 after therapy with Jennifer for 7 months on issues concerning depression, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse
Jennifer has been very helpful by providing great insight and offering advice that has been very effective for my life. She is a wonderful listener. I highly recommend her.
Written on Jul 12, 2022 after therapy with Jennifer for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse
She is exceptional!
Written on Jun 29, 2022 after therapy with Jennifer for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and parenting issues