Jennifer is a worldly person who grew up 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. As a Jewish Muslim convert, who is a lifelong student of yoga, 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 diversity and global compassion 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 has 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 over 10 years and has been working in social services in general for nearly 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 mental health 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 and grow as a person.
Jennifer has an extensive work history of over 20 years 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. Jennifer also has extensive training and experience in working with non-Military trauma/PTSD, cultural diversity, religion, relationship issues (both family and marital, monogamy and polyamory), LGBTQIA+, gender dysphoria, anxiety, panic, depression, sleep disturbances, chronic/terminal illness, cancer, grief and pain management.
Due to her personal experiences and studies, 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" resource 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, workplace wellness, and clinical training for other clinicians or clinicians in training. 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.
También, Jennifer habla español y puede proveer estos servicios en las dos idiomas.