Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
Jennifer believes that seeing one’s face in the mirror and stating “I need help” is one of the most powerful and courageous things a person can ever do. At first, putting ourselves first and addressing our needs can feel undeserving and intimidating. However, over time our efforts produce new peace, contentment and self-confidence. Jennifer believes we are all works in progress sometimes needing a little help along the way.
As a mental health therapist, Jennifer is passionate about helping people find healing on their journey of change and enjoys helping clients become more empowered to find their own passions. Jennifer believes in helping clients see things from a different perspective and using unique techniques to help them achieve their individual goals. She uses her recreational therapy background to help clients reduce depression, stress, anxiety, help them stay grounded, regulate their breathing and improve self-esteem and self-worth. She uses art, music, games, role play and body movement to help individuals achieve their unique goals.
Jennifer works with adolescents, adults, first responders and seniors most often including those who are struggling with depression, anxiety, co-dependency, grief, self-esteem, communication, personal identity, life transitions, stress, mood and personality disorders, sexuality and addictions. She frequently employs cognitive behavior therapy and dialectical behavior therapy to help clients learn why they use maladaptive behaviors and grow to adopt healthy behaviors instead. She believes people are unique as are their struggles. She is a LGBTQIA+ informed and experienced psychotherapist.
Another clinical specialty of Jennifer’s is working with those struggling with unresolved trauma. Trauma can be physical, emotional, verbal or sexual. Those suffering with trauma may have buried someone they love, suffered a financial hardship or witnessed trauma firsthand. Trauma comes in many forms but produces similar responses such as anxiety and hypervigilance. Jennifer provides psychoeducation to clients to help them understand the physical and mental/emotional impact of trauma and she uses motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy to help client’s minimize traumatic responses so they can move forward.
Jennifer has had a broad life experience and traveled the United States for over ten years and explored much of the world during her travels. She has worked at a level one psychiatric facility helping those in crisis. She has also served clients living in a residential treatment facility who struggled with mood and eating disorders, trauma, chronic pain and addiction. Her therapeutic approach is inclusive and diverse as she has worked with people from North America, Europe, the Middle East, South America and Asia. Jennifer attended the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where she earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Recreational Therapy. She went on to become a certified therapeutic recreational specialist (CTRS). She later attended Walden University, where she earned her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, specializing in trauma and crisis (CMHC). Jennifer has passed the National Counselor Exam (NCC).
In her free time Jennifer enjoys spending her time with her eight dogs, doing art, reading, exploring Florida, relaxing in her pool, being at the beach and spending time with friends and family.