“To say that Jen is passionate about children would be an understatement.” A sentiment so kindly bestowed from her graduate school supervisor, Jen continues her work with children and families as a licensed marriage and family therapist in Colorado. Her work has developed over the years through serving the homeless, persons struggling with addiction, individuals and families suffering from trauma, anxiety, and depression (amongst other challenges). She particularly enjoyed supporting the emotional health of children in a K-12 school setting. She has extended training in suicide prevention, awareness and postvention, integrative neurobiology, trauma and crisis intervention, couples therapy, attachment, self-regulation and competency, as well as play and telehealth-based therapies.
Jen strongly believes the fastest way to sustainable, healthy change is through the family system. Problems in today’s world often come through misunderstandings and outside issues forcing families to deal with unexpected stressors. Humans, believe it or not, are built to sustain stress but our culture doesn’t often teach us how. Jen can be a great conduit for developing the tools each and every one of us needs. In your work with Jen you will often find her sitting on the floor, looking to engage each individual in the room, no matter how big or small, on equal levels. She tends to say things like “you got this!” and “you have everything within you” as she understands that humans are self-healing and innately good.
Jen’s road to becoming a provider in the early childhood space was not the traditional one. She began her higher education completing an undergraduate degree in Business Marketing from the University of Southern California circa 1993 (Go Trojans!). She spent the next couple of decades raising her children in Northern California and Colorado during which time she was the consummate volunteer alongside their school and sporting endeavors. She had a lightbulb moment the first day she volunteered in her son’s preschool class and immediately began pursuing an early childhood certificate which led her to some precious years working as a preschool teacher. When she moved to Colorado, she continued to volunteer until her kids said “no more mom!” and she had to find something else to do. With the encouragement of friends and colleagues, she began pursuing a graduate degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Regis University. Her degree was conferred with highest honors in December 2017 and since then she has served multiple different populations in the therapeutic space. She is thrilled to have come full circle back to her early childhood roots.
Jen strives to provide a safe, confidential atmosphere to do the important work that therapy entails. She is looking forward to supporting the unique needs of your family, laughing and learning along the way!.
If you are new, please feel free to fill out Jen’s intake forms before the first session. These forms can also be filled out during the first session.