You, Me, and Therapy

This really is about you, not me.

You want to be content with who you are but so many of us don't really know ourselves. 

You're tired of feeling like you have to constantly distract yourself from your own thoughts, emotions & feelings.

You're exhausted by stressful relationships (including the one with yourself).

You're sick of wanting more but not knowing how to get there. Many of us are raised by "wounded" adults who pass their hurts on. We spend the first 18 years of our life with so much being out of our control. That's a lot of opportunity to get a little lost, a little messed up and a lot exhausted. 

"Didn't all of that just make me stronger?" Children don't need to be strong, they need to be safe; physically and emotionally. It's hard to pin-point our sh*t on any one person or single event because it doesn't work like that; emotional, mental, behavioral, and relational challenges are rooted in millions of tiny moments throughout our lives.

There's no one perfect statement that clarifies what therapy can do for you. Therapists aren't magicians and therapy isn't one-size fits all; ​everyone needs a slightly different approach. It's meant to be collaborative and I want to be your biggest advocate while you navigate a new path.

We'll start by sifting through your baggage (better than TSA does) and we'll discover the roots of challenging behaviors, self-sabotaging thoughts/behaviors and negative core beliefs.

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my parent page or here for my family page.

Helping parents find themselves, re-connect with their significant others, learn how to effectively co-parent and connect with their kiddos. 

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my teen page.

Helping teens with all the struggles they face including anxiety, depression, school stressors, identity exploration, etc.

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Please click here for my individual page and here for my adult page.

Helping adults heal the trauma/hurt caused by early attachments, dysfunctional upbringings & oppressive systems. 

Single, married, w/kids, child-free, non-binary, female, male, agender -- come as you are.

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I'm Jen (she/her)
(Planter of seeds).

So, of all the therapists, 

why choose me?

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I'm weird. The good kind of weird. 

The kind that puts you at ease, because you know I won't judge your weird. 

If you want standard, inside the box therapy - it's not usually my thing.

My couch is comfy, but I don't want you on it for years.*

You are capable of diving in, doing the work, healing and moving forward. 

I'm a parent (bio & step), a spouse (current & ex), and a daughter/sister/friend, etc. I'm Neurodivergent (#adhd) and a member of the LGBQTIA+ community. So, because of how statistics work, we've likely got some similarities. Which means I've probably had some of the same struggles as you​. It sucks to not have answers or support. Let's work to put out your fires by figuring out what's causing them in the first place. ​

I feel like clients tend to come in with a pile of puzzle pieces and I get to help them put it together. I'm particularly fond of watching clients grow as we map out where they've come from, where they are and where they want to go. I want to see you have healthy relationships, whatever that looks like. I also want you to find a relationship with yourself -- it will always be the deepest.  As with most therapists, I use a variety of approaches, it just depends on what you've got going on. At the end of the day, I do my best to look at the "whole" picture so I can figure out what you need from me. The only type of therapy I don't really do is surface level talk therapy.

I'm what I like to call a realistic optimist. Which means, I'm not rainbows and unicorns but I'll believe in you and what you're capable of even on the days when you can't. I believe you're capable of being content and finding balance. I believe you're capable of having healthy connections. You already have so much that you bring to the table, my job is to help you see that yourself. 

If it's helpful to know, some of my core values as a therapist are informed by: anti-racism and feminism.

Modern​ feminist therapy is not just for women. It seeks to address the concerns of all who have been impacted by the systems of oppression that we face daily. This includes Black/Indigenous/People of Color, LGBQTIA+, Neurodivergent people, Disabled people, etc. 

If you feel we may be a good fit, reach out for a free phone consultation.

If you want to read about my background, education, training, etc. Click Here.

What I Do

- Therapy for individuals, families, and parents -

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Individual Therapy

Connect. Explore. Grow.

There are many reasons why we seek out therapy. Often, we're going through a difficult season in life that we're struggling to navigate. 

Whether you feel crushed by anxiety, weighed down by depression or can't seem to get away from toxic relationships --  you deserve a safe space to process, explore and grow. 

Adolescents: 13-17

Adults: 18+

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Family Therapy

Stop the cycle and heal together.

 

Our relationships and attachments can be some of the richest aspects of our lives, they can also be the most painful. 

Maybe you feel like you don't know your kid anymore or you're at a loss on how to help them through the phases of their life. You've read all the parenting books and it's just too much. Parents and children don't exist separately and neither should their healing.

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Parent Therapy

Re-connect & Strengthen Your Foundation

Becoming a parent puts significant strain on your sense of self and your ability to have relationships with others -- no matter how prepared you were. 

For those who have lost sight of themselves. Who feel disconnected from their partner. Who can't seem to figure out a parenting style that works and struggle with making parenting decisions  -- parent therapy is a great way to find support, work through your own unresolved childhood "stuff" and re-connect. 

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Telehealth

  • Uses HIPPA compliant & secure platform(s)

  • Includes video and phone sessions

  • See Telehealth page for more information.

Brainspotting

  • Can be incorporated into individual, family or couples therapy.

  • Used to resolve trauma, manage anxiety & depression, enhance performance, etc.

  • See Brainspotting page for more information.

Whatever is going on, I'd love to help.

Some Of The Things I Can Help You With:

ADHD

Anxiety

Body Image

Communication

Co-parenting

Depression

Disordered eating

Family Dynamics

Grief

Mood

Parenting

Relationships

Suicidal Thoughts

Self-Harm

Self-Esteem

Sleep

Trauma

I am located in Southside Anchorage.

I'm gonna be real.

The pandemic has spoiled me with regard to working from home.  So, I decided that when I resumed in-person sessions, I wasn't going back to a traditional office setup. Luckily, my home office is situated apart from my living spaces (so no bumping into my family members and they can't overhear sessions).

Perks of therapy in a home office:

  • Private office with a client bathroom; doesn't feel clinical

  • Private entrance & waiting room

  • Convenient location (Southside Anchorage)

  • Quiet, safe neighborhood

  • Free parking

  • Size inclusive furniture 

COVID19: 

  • Daily sanitization of the therapy spaces; both have air purifiers with UV lights.

  • In-person sessions are reserved for fully vaccinated persons

  • To mitigate risk, I do my best to space in-person sessions out so that I have enough time to properly sanitize and ventilate the air in between.

Please note:  As I change the way the spaces are decorated over time, the pictures may not always be up-to-date.

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Front of Building (entrance door is now dark blue)

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Waiting Room
Waiting Room

This is the main door you'll see as you walk in and the door that I come out of to get you for appointments.

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View as I walk you out.

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Front of Building (entrance door is now dark blue)

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