A bit about Jennifer
Jennifer considers herself a global citizen having been raised all over the world with a father in the United States Air Force traveling to many places throughout her childhood and adolescences. She grew up in a blended family surrounded by many different cultures, beliefs, races, religions, gender identities, sexual orientations, socioeconomic statuses, etc. Jennifer was raised in a culturally Jewish household and converted to Islam about 10 years ago. She has been a lifelong student of yoga, religious studies, speaks Spanish fluently, and has made it a life goal to learn as much as she can about as many cultures and faiths as possible, she represents a level of cross cultural competency and global awareness that is not likely to be surpassed or found elsewhere. In a lot of ways, Jennifer is like a bridge who connects cultures, races, religions, etc., that would not normally get a chance to learn about each other.
Jennifer earned her bachelors degree in Psychology with a Minor in Spanish at University of Northern Colorado. She furthered her education by getting a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University, Orange, CA and a license in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has been working as a therapist for nearly 15 years and has been working in social services in general for over 20 years. She is also a proud graduate of 1000 hours of highly specialized yoga therapy training through the American Viniyoga Institute and is a Certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT). Combining these two treatment methodologies, as well as her vast knowledge of the number of institutions and systems that are at play in Southern California, Jennifer brings a unique and highly effective approach to treating the mind, body, and spirit with individuals who are wanting to learn lasting ways to improve their mental health, establish healthier relationships, and grow as a person.
Jennifer began her career working with children and their parents, individuals with developmental disabilities and neurodiversity (including Autism, ADHD, Down's Syndrome, etc) and has dedicated a majority of the early part of her career to working with families effected by these often challenging life differences. In the second stage of her career, Jennifer shifted her focus to adults and couples working in an outpatient setting. She has focused her most recent training and work experience to build on her skills to work more effectively with couples dealing with relationship crises, individuals impacted by trauma, and issues related cultural and/or religious diversity. Jennifer is a fully affirming, sex positive, anti-racist therapist who works with relationship issues including family relationships and romantic relationships of all kinds including monogamy and polyamory, LGBTQIA+ relationships. She also has a strong skill set to work with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, sleep disturbances, chronic/terminal illness, cancer, grief, pain management, and gender dysphoria.
Jennifer has a unique skill set to work with religious communities of all kinds as well as any other spiritual-based groups that struggle to find a "safe" space in mainstream society that does not judge or contradict religious practices. Jennifer provides private and small group yoga therapy classes as well psychotherapy services (counseling) to adults, couples, and families with sensitivities to all cultures and spiritual practices.
She also provides specialized workshops on the therapeutic use of yoga asana, pranayama, meditation to improve overall wellness. Her studies have taught her how to use the ancient teachings of yoga in conjunction with Western Psychology to help heal the mind, body, and spirit in a way that does not contradict or interfere with any religious practices or beliefs.
She also really enjoys offering clinical training/mentorship for other clinicians or clinicians in training as well as clinicians who are wanting a mentor to help guide them towards a successful private practice.
También, Jennifer habla español y puede proveer estos servicios en las dos idiomas.