Jennifer is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in private practice in the Tampa Bay Area. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology (University of South Florida) and a Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling (Troy University-Tampa Bay). As a Certified Clinical Trauma Therapist, her focus of study has been trauma and gentle healing techniques with a focus on women's issues and empowerment.
Jennifer began working with single parents over eighteen years ago helping them to achieve employment and education goals through empowerment and exploration of self-direction. During that time Jennifer dedicated herself to the prevention of domestic violence. This focus allowed for the development of a philosophy that included building strength through knowledge and personal power. Jennifer believes that there are four areas to examine which will lead to development of inner strength-security, empowerment, love and freedom or S.E.L.F. Through a deep examination and development of these areas we can be our true and strong selves.
Jennifer began her private practice in 2009 and that same year took a position as a coach for the Institute for Relational Harm Reduction and Public Pathology Education. With continued focus on healing, Jennifer works with anyone seeking to disengage from a dangerous relationship, heal from traumatic events, or make life changes that are based on building inner strength.
Jennifer’s belief about healing and change can be summarized in the words of Anais Nin: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”.
Jennifer has worked as a social worker, foster parent and as a volunteer legal advocate for victims of violence. She is currently a member of the Pinellas County Fatality Review Team, member of the Suncoast Mental Health Counseling Association and a contributing writer for www.saferelationshipsmagazine.com
Through her private practice located in Largo, Florida and through her work as a therapist for The Institute, Jennifer hopes to continue to help women use their inner light and strength to embrace the process of gentle healing.