I was a stay-at-home mom for many years, working at my children's school or doing medical transcription at home in order to be present and available for what was most important to me. I was in my late 30's when I returned to college to complete my degree and start a career, and I feel it was one of the most pivotal moments in my life.
My husband and I are avid hikers, explorers, and creative spirits. We are lovers of history and science, finding joy in experiencing these things on our adventures. I feel the most myself, the most serene and yet full of life pursuing my passions with the people I love.
Though I feel many aspects of my life have provided insight and empathy to my work as a therapist, one area stands out. In my mid-forties I became a divorcee after over two decades of marriage, something I feel is important to say out loud as a therapist. My divorce, learning new things about myself, and then falling in love and choosing marriage in this new skin have been akin to 'grad' school when it comes to relationships. I have a newfound appreciation for the difficult decisions people face when confronting a failing partnership. There is no 'right' answer and the journey is unique and personal. My life experiences have allowed me more wisdom and insight, and infinitely more empathy, for the journey of relationship introspection, choosing reunification or divorce, and finding love again. I learned a great deal and hold a deep desire for helping people sort through their own stories of love and commitment.
Jenni offers marriage and family therapy services for adolescents, individuals, couples and families. At this time, in-person and teletherapy appointments are available. See the "Contact" link above for more information about days and times for sessions.
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I am passionate about my work. I love when people cultivate intimate conversations with the intent of learning more about themselves and others. I'm also acutely aware not everyone is comfortable with what some see as 'the mushy stuff.' When people say "I don't do feelings," I know there's some strong messages telling them vulnerability is weak or wrong, and that's where the work begins.
Braving the wilderness of becoming our authentic selves isn't easy or comfortable, but I'm convinced true happiness isn't about being easy or comfortable. It's about being real, making peace with the stories of our life, and finding self acceptance that includes an ongoing path of growth. The first relationship we have to work on is the one we have with ourselves.
I have strong guiding principles of diversity, openness, curiosity and inclusion that are rooted in my desire to embrace and celebrate work with clients having varying identifications, cultures, stories and belief systems. Cultivating self-compassion, defining how to build trust in self and others in a way that helps delineate healthy boundaries, and reconciling fears of scarcity that tell us we aren't enough.... those are game changers in life, and I can't help but get excited when I see others do hard work in these areas and benefit from the process.