Jennifer a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Orlando native who is passionate about working with children and families in the community. It fills her heart with joy when she is given the opportunity to help children overcome their greatest challenges and see families feel more connected.
Children find comfort and relief in having a person who understands their needs and concerns. Using play and expressive arts in therapy allows Jennifer to work with children in an effective way that helps children feel comfortable opening up. As a parent herself, Jennifer loves working with parents and values the importance of active involvement from them. In addition to using play and expressive art therapies in her work with children, she also utilize filial therapy (also known as Child-Parent-Relationship Training) where she teaches parents how to become the therapeutic change agent for their child, instead of herself so they themselves can see the power of play transform their child's behavior and relationship with them.
A little more about Jennifer...
The majority of her counseling experience consists of working with children and families. She uses her understanding of attachment theory and interpersonal neurobiology as the foundation for her therapeutic work. She's been practicing in the field of counseling for over 7 years. Throughout the course of her practice, she's participated in extensive training and additional supervision in play therapy and Child/Parent Relationship Therapy. She has been an active member and served as Treasurer for the Central Florida Chapter of the Florida Association for Play Therapy from 2012 until 2014. She is also certified as an Adoption Competent Counselor. She has an additional certification in premarital and marital counseling using the PREPARE/ENRICH model, as well as certification in distance counseling as a Board Certified Tele-mental Health Practitioner (BC-TMH). She is also trained in using EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique).
Jennifer earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2009, earning Magna Cum Laude. She graduated from Troy University in 2012 with a Master's of Science in Counseling & Psychology (MSCP). During the course of her graduate studies, she served as President for the Counseling, Academic, & Professional Honor Society from 2010 until 2011. She also served as President-Elect and Treasurer from 2010 until 2011. She formally worked as a Senior Research Assistant from 2010 until 2012 on topics related to behavioral medicine during the course of her graduate studies.
Aside from her experience in providing therapy, she have been privileged enough to speak on topics related to mental health and behavioral medicine at national and local conferences. She also has experience providing Comprehensive Behavioral Health Assessments for children who are involved in the dependency system and Biopsychosocial assessments for the purpose of treatment planning and therapy in a community mental health setting.
When not wearing her counselor hat, she enjoy spending time with her daughter, husband, and dog. Jennifer enjoys being in nature and loves the beach!
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