Hi I’m Jennifer.
I’m a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist serving Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Orinda, Pleasant Hill, Alamo, Concord, Danville, Martinez and surrounding areas of the East Bay. I have my MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from John F Kennedy University. I have completed Brainspotting trainings Levels 1 and 2 by Lisa Larson, LMFT of the Pacific Counseling & Trauma Center. I have been in the helping profession since 2015.
What does “Transpersonal” mean, you ask? It literally means “beyond the person”. Therapeutically, this basically means that I approach therapy by looking at the “big picture” rather than one issue or diagnosis. I look at all of the things that have influenced you that have led you to where you are today.
That being said, my approach to therapy is not pathological. I don’t view a diagnosis of depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc. as a “disorder”, meaning: there is something inherently wrong with you. Rather, I see these things as very normal reactions to your life experiences as a human being in this life. As a Holistic Therapist, I know that many people with the same circumstances and life experiences could easily have that same exact internal reaction.
I believe that everyone is capable of healing — and I also know that everyone’s healing process is going to look different.
I accept my clients as they are and where they are. To me, nothing needs to be changed unless you want it to change. And when and if you want it to change, I’ll be here to support and guide you through that process.
I am LGBTQ friendly and embrace diversity. I have worked with a variety of clients with many different backgrounds and cultures. In addition to my private practice work, I have past experience in the community mental health field. In agencies, I worked with adults with opiate addiction and underprivileged youth (and their families) with severe behavioral issues.
Education, Training & Interests
I have my Masters of Arts in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from John F Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA.
My education at JFKU was highly experiential (meaning: it was artistic and we practiced a lot through projects, writing and with fellow classmates). JFKU allowed space for each student to develop their own creativity as a therapist. Pair that with my interest in understanding the research within the field of psychology, I enjoy balancing both the science and art of therapy when working with clients.
I have taken part in trainings and advanced coursework in:
- Jungian Psychology
- Somatic psychology (aka body-oriented therapy), including somatic approaches to healing trauma
- Brainspotting Levels 1 & 2, which you can learn more about here.
- Non-Violent Communication
- Highly Sensitive Persons
- Dream work and symbolism
- Guided imagery
- Enneagram (non-pathological personality typology)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Intuitive Development
- and more!
When I am not taking a class or training, I am often reading and taking part in any form of self-study on my topics of interest. In other words, my reading for “fun” often involves reading books on psychology, psychotherapy and spirituality.