Hi, I’m Jen.
If you've made it this far, then you're in a place where you're trying to understand who I am and how I can help you. In order to help you with that process, I'm going to provide some basic information below. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to reach out via email or by phone. I am happy to talk through your questions – no strings attached.
WHo I serve
Over the years, I've realized that my skills are tailored for working with adults who may be struggling with anxiety, trauma (PTSD), navigating major life changes, as well as those who struggle with setting boundaries within relationships while learning to detach from other people's emotions so you don't feel anxious. This is known as healing from co-dependency. If you aren’t sure if those areas fit your needs, click here to find out more.
I consider myself to be a very direct and active therapist. I'm not someone who will ask you to lean back while I listen and mutter, “uh huh” and, “tell me more.”
Therapy with me is very much a team effort. I believe that counseling is about self-discovery. Together, we can link the past to the future in order to understand why certain issues keep coming up in your life and how to resolve them for good. This doesn’t mean that I tell you what to do or give you direct advice; I'm in the trenches with you, trying to figure out what's going on.
It’s important to mention that I consider myself to be a mind-body practitioner, which means that I see a strong link between physical and emotional health. When we're working in my office about emotional issues, I'll also be talking to you about your physical health. When we address both at the same time, it helps the process of healing a great deal.
This holistic view of treatment is central to my work and I encourage my clients to integrate things like meditation, Yoga, Reiki, and Acupuncture into their health routine as they see fit. I'm happy to discuss why I think this is important as well as teach about these methods and how they are related to emotional health. Additionally, I can make referrals for other local holistic practitioners in the area as needed.
Education and Training
I get it; you want to know that I know what I'm doing to figure out if I might be a good fit for you. Let’s start with the letters after my name that you see on the site and are a part of my signature (LMHC, CASAC, EMDR-3).
The LMHC stands for Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I received this license after getting my masters degree and completing 3,000 supervised clinical hours in New York State.
CASAC stands for Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor. I have additional specialty training in addiction treatment. This helps me to work with people who may have a past history with substances or is struggling with family members or a partner who is using. If your main issue is addiction I am likely not the best therapist for you. It is my belief that in the early stages of recovery/treatment you need a great deal of support and a clinic or a program will be your best first step, especially if you are just leaving detox/rehab.
EMDR-3 means that I completed advanced training in a specialized form of treatment called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for trauma (EMDR). The number "3" means that I've completed the most advanced level attainable.
Prior to obtaining my credentials, I received my Bachelor's degree in both Psychology and Spanish at Radford University in Virginia. I then returned to my native state of New York, where I earned my Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling at CUNY’s John Jay College. During my graduate school training, I completed a year-long internship at Mt. Sinai’s Addiction Institute of New York, where I received intensive training in Harm Reduction Psychotherapy.
What makes me different
I think it's important to mention that, even though I have all of these letters after my name, that’s not why I think I'm a good therapist. I believe I'm a good therapist because of my ability to treat everyone with respect. I don't put you in a box of symptoms, your journey is different and unique. I never assume anything about your lived experiences.
I'm someone who truly loves what I do, and I have a personal commitment to never stop learning. This is important because a lot of therapists out there pass their tests, get their degrees and never put in the effort to continue to learn and evolve. I want you to know that I continue to develop my skills in order to have a positive impact on the lives of those whom I serve.