Hello! Welcome to Regain! My name is Jen and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC, #004782) and Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC-2, #30053) in New York State. I have over 13 years of experience providing counseling to couples, families, individuals, and groups for both mental health and addictions themes. My Master’s degree is in Marriage and Family Therapy, Community Mental Health Counseling, and Addictions Counseling (2009), and I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Family Studies (2006). I have worked in multiple settings, including shelters, community mental health centers, schools, and private practices. Since becoming a counselor, clients, such as yourself, have come to me for a lot of different things, including communication issues, infidelity, divorce, depression, anxiety, trauma (particularly in the areas of childhood abuse and first responder and the military), social relationships, self-esteem, and substance abuse (individual / within the family).
My therapeutic approach is mainly from family systems theory, which summed up says “we are not islands”. We are influenced by the world, or the “systems” around us starting from birth (and even before). These systems influence how we see the world and how we make decisions. When things happen to us (good or bad), our system shapes how it affects us and what our reaction turns out to be. We bring these systems into our relationships, and they influence how we interact with each other in both positive or negative ways, particularly in the areas of communication, morals and values, intimacy, and relationship beliefs. I also “borrow” concepts from other theories in order to help with what’s occurring in and out of therapy.
I see counseling as a didactic relationship, or in other words, a journey we (you “the couple” and me) take together. Each of you are the “expert” of only you. Your individualized couples counseling experience should be focused on what you want and your goals. My job is to help “guide” or “lead” you in achieving those goals, while you continue to work together and actively participate and do your best to reach your goals together. I will support you as you do so. It’s like we build a house together. I am responsible for the frame and structure of the house; while you get to fill the rest of it in, make it look the way you want it to, and in the end, turn it into the home you want it to look like.
Starting counseling can produce negative feelings, such as worry or fear; couples counseling, in particular, can produce anger, resentment, and frustration. Part of the journey we go on, however, is to work on processing those feelings together right from the start. I want to provide a safe environment for you that is warm, respectful, trauma-informed, and meets both of your needs individually coming together as a couple. I look forward to meeting you should I get to do that. Thank you for taking the time to look at my page!
- Relationship issues
- Trauma and abuse
- Self esteem
I also have experience in Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue
LMHC #004782 (Expires: 2022-06-30)
We have had a short time with Jennifer. However, she is immediately good at getting you at ease and really laying some kind of roadmap for recovery.