My goal is to help people live fuller, more enjoyable lives by addressing issues and patterns that are acting as barriers to more satisfying relationships and a lasting sense of well-being.
I received my Master’s degree from Syracuse University in Marriage & Family Therapy. In addition, I completed a year-long postgraduate training program at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and advanced clinical training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, an evidence-based model for couples.
I regularly treat a range of presenting concerns including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, professional setbacks, life transitions, trauma & substance abuse. My view of how problems manifest is rooted in understanding difficulties through a contextual lens.
I primarily work from an integrative perspective incorporating Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. I generally take a flexible approach to these models that respects the unique and individual needs of each client. Sessions typically blend symptom relief with more insight-oriented work to promote lasting change.
Taking the time to confront challenges or to enhance an important relationship helps us function at our best. While many people can acknowledge that the quality of our lives is greatly influenced by the quality of our relationships, individuals often allow conflicts to worsen significantly before seeking the appropriate treatment. I recommend a more proactive, preventive approach. I regularly help both individuals and couples address a variety of concerns, and I place a strong emphasis on helping my clients to cultivate and maintain more fulfilling relationships.
I have developed a particular expertise in helping couples to work through struggles with intimacy, and achieve a more optimal erotic intimacy. This often includes addressing a variety of sexual and general relationship concerns. I also work with individuals who are looking to enhance or improve these areas.
In addition to my clinical work, I am also a professional member of two long-standing clinical consultation groups (Esther Perel & Suzanne Iasenza) that focus on couple dynamics/ relationship quality/ repair/ enhancement, infidelity, sexuality, and intimacy.
It's helpful to know that we all experience times when we feel discouraged, overwhelmed, and uncertain. We can be quite accomplished in many aspects of life and simultaneously continue to struggle in other important areas including our relationships or our ability to cope (in healthy ways) with difficulties.
“Jennifer has an amazing ability to put others at ease. I would want to sit across from her and share my heart. She has a very comforting presence that comes from deep within; she is made for this work.” - Jessica Ellis, LMFT
I had the pleasure of meeting Jennifer while she completed postgraduate clinical training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. I immediately noticed Jennifer’s passion to help individuals, couples, and families create positive shifts in their lives using her extensive clinical training to support the changes they envision. Jennifer is both kind and compassionate in her ability to help clients feel safe and supported when overcoming barriers. Moreover, she learns about their unique life experiences to identify the strengths that will support their future endeavors. As a colleague, Jennifer’s ambition and commitment to self-development motivates others to do the same through modeling and coaching which makes me grateful for her friendship and professional guidance in the field.” -Stephanie Vigoya, LCSW"
Jennifer is an intelligent, hardworking, and sensitive clinician who has been great to work with. We have collaborated over several years, and I have been impressed by her caring nature and thoughtful conceptualization of cases. A shared patient of ours has greatly benefitted from her individual therapy, as well as her direction in group therapy. Jennifer is very responsive and an excellent communicator and very easy to work with." -Shannon Delaney, MD, Psychiatrist and Researcher, Columbia University Medical Center
“Jennifer is a wonderful Marriage and Family Therapist. She does exceptional work with couples in helping them communicate effectively and rebuild their relationship. I highly recommend her!” - Liz Morrison, LCSW
“Jennifer is an intelligent, warm, and thoughtful clinician. Having known Jennifer for over ten years and worked with her for several of them, I have found that Jennifer has a keen ability to create a comfortable environment which engenders trust in everyone she meets. She has significant experience and expertise working with couples and individuals to resolve their most difficult challenges, and does so with empathy, collaboration, and an open mind. In addition, Jennifer is a passionate life-learner and believes her own ongoing professional development is essential to best support her client’s unique needs.” -Kristina Ortiz, MHC