About

Welcome 

I’m Jennifer.

and here is the truth

A couple recently asked me why I was so passionate about couples therapy. I froze. I didn’t know if I wanted to give the truth or a version of the truth. I went with a cleaned up version; the method has amazing outcomes, people tell me it’s life changing, and couples can use these skills on their own without needing my help for the rest of their lives. The part I left out was that at 39 I stood leaning against my dining room table having just been told I had to have a partial mastectomy. Through tears I told my husband all I wanted was to have a good relationship with him, a good relationship with our son, and to do a good job for my clients. He hugged me so tightly and said I was already doing all of that. But I knew I could do better. So I did. I reached out to the leading experts in my field and started case consultation with them. Soon after I entered the certification track to become a Certified Gottman Therapist. I started really tailoring my practice toward couples. It’s been over two years since I had that moment of clarity about how I wanted to focus my career and legacy and It’s been amazing. During even the most difficult sessions, it’s exactly where I want to be and exactly how I want to spend my time. It feels fantastic knowing that my life is being spent helping couples reconnect and feel excited about their relationship again. 

 

 

ABOUT ME

I think my kiddo is basically perfect. I’m afraid of heights, and I don’t want to fix that. My family is just as “unique” as anyone else’s.

Being a therapist feels natural to me. Learning all about the person across from me makes my brain light up—even more so helping that person find what they are missing. 

I, too, have been in therapy, so I understand how hard it is to walk through the door. If you are scared, miserable, or your relationship is hurting, I get it. I’ve been there. 

Basically, I’m human. I show up to every session as my real self, probably with coffee, most likely 5 minutes late, and happy to be there with you.

 

16 years of clinical experience

1,000+ hours therapy/year

11 years as a private practice owner

MY APPROACH

INVEST IN GROWTH.

I invest heavily in ongoing education through classes, supervision, and self-guided research. I share this bank of knowledge with my clients so their free time can be spent elsewhere.

COLLABORATE WITH YOU.

Every step of the way I’ll be asking you questions. Together we will work toward finding solutions that fit your unique experience.

TRUST THE PROCESS.

Things may feel uncertain and maybe even hopeless right now. But there is a way to heal, connect, and find true meaning in your life. I use methods and techniques proven to work for many people, and we can find a path that works for you.

BE DIRECT.

I’m here to give you the real, honest support you need to make the changes you want in your life. I’m professional, gentle, and clear.

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

PRIVATE PRACTICE

Mental health services for adults and couples (2012- Current). 

CHILD GUIDANCE CENTER

Outpatient mental health for children and families (2007-2013).

ELIZABETH LAYTON CENTER practicum

Outpatient mental health for adults and substance abuse groups  (2006-2007).

BERT NASH COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTER PRACTICUM

Intensive community support working with adults struggling with severe and persistent mental health diagnoses  (2005- 2006). 

LICENSES

Licensed independent clinical social worker

licensed independent mental health practitioner #2007

EDUCATION

Bachelor of General Studies, Psychology and Sociology Minor

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS  (2004).

master of social work

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS  (2007)

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Working With Disorders of Body Image

  • A Guide for Mental Health Professionals – Revised (3 CEUs) 7.29.14

Human Sexuality

  • (10 CEUs) 8.2.14

Boundaries In Mental Health Treatment: Ethics 

  • (2 CEUs) 8.2.14

Ethical Issues in Therapy

  • (2 CEUs) 11.15.13

Therapy Concerns for LGBTQ Clients

  • (6 CEUs) 6.20.14

Nebraska Adolescent Perpetration Network

  • (9 CEUs) 11.29.12 & 11.30.12

DSM-5: A Comprehensive Overview

  • (10 CEUs) 7.11.16

Ethics and Boundaries Issues

  • (2 CEUs) 7.11.16

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • (12 CEUs) 11.17.16

Ethics and Boundaries Issues

  • (3 CEUs) 10.16.17

Counselor Burnout & Wellness

  • (1 CEUs) 10.16.17

Gottman Couples Therapy Level 1

  • (12 CEUs) 5.11.18 & 5.12.18

Gottman Couples Therapy Level 2

  • (28 CEUs)  7.13.18, 7.14.18, 7.27.18, & 7.28.18

Gottman Couples Therapy Level 3

  • (20 CEUs) 10.26.18 – 10.28.18 – Presented by Michael A. McNulty, Ph.D., LCSW, PC

Gottman Treating Affairs and Trauma

  • (17 CEUs) 12.30.20

Ethics and Boundaries Issues

  • (3 CEUs) 12.31.20

Ethics: Nebraska Social Work and Mental Health Practice Regulations Updates

  • (2 CEUs) 8.18.2021 Presented by Susan Reay, EdD, LICSW

Ethics: Self-disclosure in Therapy

  • (1.5 CEUs) 12.26.21 Presented by Benjamin E Caldwell, PsyD, LMFT

Couples and Addiction Recovery Training

  • (8 CEUS)  3.18.22 Presented by Robert Navarra, Psy.D., MFT

Gottman Level 3

  • (20 CEUs) 4.22.22-4.24.22 Presented by Michael Brown, LMFT, Master Gottman Trainer

Certification Track for the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy

  • Entered 5.15.22

The seven principles for making marriage work leaders training

  • 9.22.22-9.23.22

Sensate Focus: A Clinician’s Foundational Toolkit

  • (3 CEUS) 10.15.23 Presented by Jordan Rullo, PhD, ABPP, CST-S

When One Says “I’m Done” & The Other Says “Let’s Try”
Discernment Counseling for Mixed-Agenda Couples

  • (6 CEUS) 10.20.23 Presented by Steven M. Harris, Ph.D., LMFT

externship in emotionally focused therapy

  • (28 CEUS) 11.15.23-11.18.23 Presented by James Furrow, Ph.D., LMFTA and George Faller, LMFT