Hello, I’m Jennifer, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in New York City
Finding the right licensed professional therapist can be difficult – each therapist has a different style, different methodologies, and different perspectives from their education, experience, and personal histories. While the most important qualities to look for in a therapist are training and experience, the next most important quality is how comfortable you feel with them. (Studies show the effectiveness of therapy depends on a high quality therapeutic relationship!) So let me tell you a little about myself and my approach.
My specialties are healing relationships, sex counseling and helping couples transition into parenthood. I also deeply enjoy working with individuals and families to strengthen relationships and overcome challenges including low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, trauma, major life transitions, dating concerns, job stress, and more. I see an equal distribution of individuals and couples in my caseload. (See Services)
What I love most about Marriage & Family Therapy is its emphasis on healing relationships and the value placed on understanding discord through a contextual lens. I have a keen appreciation of how context – each individual’s experience and perception – affects how they communicate and function within their relationships. We are all products of our environments, experiences, perceptions and conscious decisions.
Training and Education
I graduated from the Marriage & Family Therapy MA program at Syracuse University, completed a year-long post graduate training program in couple and family therapy from the Ackerman Institute in NYC, received advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (one of the most effective research-based approaches to couples therapy), and was also a member of two professional consultation groups (with Esther Perel and Suzanne Iasenza) with an emphasis on sex therapy, and affection and desire in long-term relationships. I’ve also sought out advanced training in Gottman Method couples therapy and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). These models, I’ve found, help clients to create genuine lasting positive changes in their lives.
Prior to starting Modern MFT in 2014, I worked in several, varied, hospital and outpatient settings where I received training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Parent Management Training. At Middlesex Hospital, I provided in-home intensive psychotherapy services aimed at helping couples and families to resolve serious conflicts and repair fractured relationships.
After moving back to the NYC area from Connecticut, I was offered a position at Columbia University Medical Center where I worked while pursuing postgraduate training at the Ackerman Institute and the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. This postgraduate training allowed me the unique opportunity to learn from some of the most dedicated, talented, and knowledgeable clinicians in the field of relationship health.
During this time, I began my private practice in NYC with a focus on helping adults to address problematic relationship patterns as well as anxiety, depression, and self-esteem issues.
What does this mean for our work together?
All of my training, experience and commitment to lifelong learning contributes to my ability to help you uncover your unique path towards increased fulfillment and connection. In our work together, I will be mindful of your needs, considerate of your unique challenges, and unceasingly supportive of your goals.
I value authenticity, courage and curiosity – in myself and in my clients. Through a professional relationship based on mutual trust and respect, we’ll empower you to move forward with more joy, confidence, and resilience.
“We all have within us the ability to repair our lives and our relationships, to overcome obstacles, and live in a way that is a true reflection of our highest self.”
-Jennifer Uhrlass, LMFT