Jennifer uses an integrative approach to counseling that is tailored to each client's unique needs. The foundation of Jennifer's approach is person-centered, holistic, and oftentimes spiritually-based (though incorporation of spirituality is based on client preferences). Jennifer often integrates traditional talk therapy with elements of EMDR, hypnotherapy, parts work/inner child work/shadow work, somatic elements, and Internal Family Systems (IFS). Attachment and emotional experiencing is also emphasized in treatment planning. Jennifer also has experience incorporating cognitive-behavioral therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and motivational interviewing to assist clients in meeting treatment goals.
"EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes."
Heart-centered hypnotherapy is a powerful, deep experience of healing your inner child and facilitating profound emotional release from traumas accrued throughout life. Contrary to popular belief, during a hypnotherapy session the client maintains full conscious awareness while simultaneously working on firmly held subconscious beliefs that limit us through behavioral, emotional, and cognitive patterns. I promise you will remember everything that happens during your session and will always have full control. Hypnotherapy works well with multiple presenting issues including anxiety, depression, attachment disorders, behavioral disorders, trauma, eating disorders, addictions (food, drugs, alcohol, sex, work, etc.), mood disorders, and general phase of life issues.
Kundalini Yoga is described as the yoga of awareness. Kundalini Yoga combines breath, mudra, drishti (eye-focus), mantra, body locks, and asanas to harness the mental, physical, and nervous energies of the body. It can bring balance to the mind, body, and soul while also providing many physiological benefits. It is both dynamic and powerful and will put you in rhythm with the infinite consciousness.
" The IFS Model, which evolved as a result of this exploration, views a person as containing an ecology of relatively discrete minds, each of which has valuable qualities and each of which is designed to -- and wants to -- play a valuable role within. These parts are forced out of their valuable roles, however, by life experiences that can reorganize the system in unhealthy ways. A good analogy is an alcoholic family in which the children are forced into protective and stereotypic roles by the extreme dynamics of their family. While one finds similar sibling roles across alcoholic families (e.g., the scapegoat, mascot, lost child), one does not conclude that those roles represent the essence of those children. Instead, each child is unique and, once released from his or her role by intervention, can find interests and talents separate from the demands of the chaotic family. The same process seems to hold true for internal families -- parts are forced into extreme roles by external circumstances and, once it seems safe, they gladly transform into valuable family members."
**Jennifer is not trained in IFS and only incoporates elements of the model from educational and learning experiences. If you are looking for a trained IFS clinician, visit the link above.**
Each and every one of us has aspects or parts of ourselves with which we do not consciously identify. These aspects of ourselves get thrown into our unconscious mind and become part of our "shadow self". While our shadows tend to be primarily negative, there are positive aspects to our shadows as well. In short, it is everything about ourselves that we tend to deny. Shadow work is deep work, a journey into the unconscious with the goal of integrating and accepting ourselves, As we learn to work with and accept our shadows, we often find that our relationships with others deepen with understanding, intimacy, and compassion.