About My Clients
I practice via TELEHEALTH only. I particularly enjoy working with the LGBTQIA+, alternative relationship (polyamory, ethical non-monogamy, etc.) and kink/fetish communities (gender, sexual, and relationship diversities). I specialize in working with multiple issues, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, spiritual and religious trauma, PTSD, grief, and perfectionism. I offer a unique perspective because of both my personal experiences in these areas and my training.
My Background and Approach
I’m Jen and I’m not perfect. It took me a long time to be able to say that. The truth is, it is impossible for anyone to be perfect and it is exhausting to keep striving for it. So why do people attempt to be perfect? Perfectionism is often the result of childhood or adolescent trauma in which unfair expectations were communicated or assumed, either directly or indirectly. Perfectionists are often black and white thinkers and struggle to live in the gray. My goal is to help clients understand and live in the shades of gray. Though treating perfectionism is only one part of my practice, it is a good example of the trauma-informed work I do with clients. It turns out most people who have experienced trauma struggle with living in the “gray areas” of life. Trauma can manifest in all kinds of mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and dissociative disorders, just to name a few.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I believe that everyone deserves mental health assistance and I offer sliding scale to allow lower income clients to take advantage of mental health services. I believe trans women are women and trans men are men and should be treated as such. I believe that different romantic relationship styles can be healthy. I believe that Black Lives Matter and use my privilege to advance the cause of all BIPOC. I believe that most organized religions cause more harm than good to individuals that results in spiritual trauma. I believe in universal healthcare, elimination of student loan debt, and the distribution of wealth to create more economic equality. I believe that there is a mental health crisis in the United States exacerbated by racism, prejudice, sexism, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, low socioeconomic status, unethical medical practices, and many other systemic issues.