***Jen can accept a few new clients as of June 1, 2022***
**Jen is authorized to offer telehealth to Vermont residents through June 30, 2023**
*Jen does not accept insurance*
I work as a Licensed Professional Counselor, helping people grow through hard times such that troubling habits become creative opportunities for greater health of body, mind, spirit, and relationship. I'm said to be unconventional, with fearless trust in peoples' indestructible wisdom and their ability to align with it ever more authentically over the lifespan.
Therapy with me involves cutting through confusion not with condescending corrections but with humor and high regard, increasing self-awareness and mindfulness not by gaining knowledge and security but by relating more confidently with the unknown, decreasing anxiety and panic related to trauma and PTSD not by conquering every threat but by responding to triggers with courage and self-regulated discernment, working with depression-related symptoms not through avoiding or exaggerating negative emotions but through getting to the heart of complicated grief/loss and learned helplessness, and managing bipolar mood swings not by escaping what's negative and clinging to what's positive but by relating directly to the in-between, ie the subtle aspects of both.
Therapy with me involves opening to what's possible and never giving up on what's going to be found at the root of suffering to be basically good and workable, even if incredibly challenging. It's my sincere hope that our connection will open your heart and ease your mind, improve your overall health, energize your personal relationships and work life, and inspire the recognition and application of your deepest good sense in any circumstance.
(1) Understanding Narcissism (Date of Completion 4/8/2022): Narcissism is literally all the rage, having recently become a more popular label for those we really despise. I chose a 10 day summit (20 CE credit course) to learn more about narcissism, to get beyond/beneath the hype and stereotypes to the heart of the matter of this maddening class of personality disorders. Speaking on topics ranging from developmentally appropriate narcissism to our own everyday narcissistic tendencies to the malignant narcissist and those who love/hate them, a majority of the presenters (including AH Almaas, Carolyn Myss, Rick Hansen, Craig Malkin, Terry Real, Karla McLaren, and Clarissa Pinkola Estes) impressed with their challenging, compassionate, counterintuitive understanding of the narcissist's frustrating lack/fear of empathy.
(2) Feeding Your Demons® Certification (Date of Completion 9/14/21): FYD® simply and creatively bypasses the learned habit of talking about emotions in favor of relating more directly and genuinely with them. During a year of intensive training in FYD®, now certified as a facilitator of it, I am a direct experiencer of the transformative power of this absolute gem of a practice. (I aspire to reserve a few appointments per week for psychotherapists with an interest in Feeding Your Demons® work. If you're a mindfulness-based or mindfulness-interested therapist committed to self-care and walking your talk for the long haul personally and professionally, ask me about FYD®.)
MA, LPC, NCC, BC-TMH