In therapy, there’s a gradual peeling back of layers until one finds what it is they’ve been seeking. What one is seeking can be a number of things. Maybe it’s love, joy, comfort, satisfaction, confidence, self-acceptance, a sense of purpose, a sense of resilience or maybe it’s, simply, peace.
As your therapist, I see my role as a guide and support in your journey to uncover what it is your seeking. As a holistic psychotherapist, I don’t see myself as the expert of you. Rather, I see that you already have all of the answers within you. My job is to merely help you uncover it so you can become more aware of yourself and your abilities.
Therapy can be incredibly challenging and nerve racking. It can be scary to look at yourself, your relationships and life experiences. My intention as your therapist is to hold you in a non-judgmental and compassionate space so that we can best work together to uncover what it is you’re seeking.
My work is very integrative, as I like to utilize a variety of therapeutic interventions depending on the client’s personality, issues and my own intuitive sense of what may work. Some therapies I like to use include, but are not limited to, are:
I most like to work psychodynamically and I draw many ideas from depth psychotherapy (from the work of Carl Jung and James Hillman). Based on my own personal experience as a client and in working with clients, I’ve found that taking a more depth and holistic therapeutic approach can be the catalyst for lasting transformation and healing.
My main intention as your therapist is to be sure that you feel comfortable working with me and that you sense we are a good fit. If for whatever reason I am not the right therapist for you, I will do my best to help you find someone else who is.
Jennifer is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (IMF #101672) in the San Francisco East Bay. Jennifer is a graduate from JFK University, where she earned her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Transpersonal Psychology. Jennifer grew up in the midwest and moved to California to pursue her MA. Previously, she worked in education where she primarily worked with adolescents, though she has experience working with kids of all ages. Part of that time was spent teaching English as a Second Language in South Korea.
Jennifer is a holistic psychotherapist and specializes in working with individuals dealing with anxiety, relationship issues and life transitions. In her work, she is very integrative. Along with traditional talk therapy methods, she also integrates mindfulness, dream work, guided imagery, sand tray, breath work, body-based therapies and other experiential therapeutic interventions.
Jennifer’s Master’s thesis was focused on the various women’s issues that can come up in psychotherapy. The project focused on reasons for why sexism exists, the generational sexism that influences women’s development and the struggles women are dealing with today in their relationships and household as many women need to be involved in the workforce.
Jennifer is currently working through the Center of Psychotherapy, Spirituality and Creativity in Oakland, CA. She is supervised by Rulik Perla, MFT #43965.