Maternal Mental Health Counseling

Maternal mental health disorders, including depression and anxiety, are real illnesses, and when left untreated, can cause negative consequences for the mother, her child, her family and society. These illnesses may be caused by a combination of biological, psychological and social stressors and worsened by risk factors such as limited social support and teenage pregnancy.  Maternal anxiety and depression are the most common complications of childbirth, yet they are not routinely screened for or treated.

The process of recognizing, getting treated for and recovering from postpartum depression or anxiety can seem overwhelming. Please know that with informed care you can prevent a worsening of maternal mental health disorders and can fully recover. There is no reason to continue to suffer. Some women treat symptoms with medication, some with natural remedies, some with diet and exercise, some with counseling, support groups, or spiritual practice. Many use all of them combined. Recovery is about you and your individual health and personalized treatment.
Being a Mom is hard work. If you're not feeling like yourself please reach out for support and help.

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Child and Adolescent Counseling

Jennifer has worked with children and adolescents her entire career and knows what they need. She understands that children, like adults, can benefit from therapy. Talking about and working on difficult life issues can help children and adolescents develop problem-solving skills and also teach them the value of asking for and receiving help. Jennifer can help children cope with stress and a variety of emotional and behavioral issues. Many children need help dealing with school pressure, such as schoolwork, test anxiety, bullying, or peer pressure. Others need help to open up about their feelings surrounding family issues, particularly if there's a major transition, such as a divorce, move, loss or serious illness. Jennifer uses different modalities besides just talk therapy when working with children that include art and play therapy.

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Family Counseling:

There are times when families realize that something needs to shift in their life before arguments or conflict or complete silence can stop. Together Jennifer and her clients will look at the patterns within each family, figure out what creates what, and get you all through the situation. Maybe a child is acting out or maybe a parent is at their wit's end or maybe you think that something is just not right in the family. In any case, Jennifer can help families gain tools and understanding on improving communication and positive feelings in the home. Difficult relationships can be changed and family members that are stressed can find relief and new patterns of coping. Jennifer can help your family pave the road for a healthier home life and the increase the ability for each member to nurture their future relationships. Jennifer believes that family relationships form the beginnings of all other relationships in our life. She works from a family systems background. Working together with her clients she looks at all parts of their family picture, both past and present. It is very useful to include as many members as are willing to take part in the process.
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Individual Counseling

Jennifer loves working one on one with people. She creates a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment for her clients to express their thoughts and feelings and explore the causes of their emotional distress. She collaborates with them to develop strategies for coping with difficult emotions and circumstances which helps improve their life functioning.

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