ABOUT JENNIFER

In whatever I do, I'm passionate about anti-oppression work, empowering individuals, families, and communities to reclaim their full sense of humanity.  For over 17 years, I have worked in a wide range of clinical settings, from schools, outpatient clinics, inpatient clinics, medical settings and home-based services.  I offer a diverse set of therapeutic services for children and teens, young adults, adults, families and couples in order to support you to connect more deeply and fully with yourself, with others and with the world around you.  

My goal is to help you find wellness, empathy, mindfulness, and fulfillment in your life.  

 

I specialize in working with people struggling with:

 

  • Difficulties in relationship (romantic or familial)

  • Major life changes such as entering middle school, high school or college, adjusting to a new baby, new marriage, coping through a divorce, experiencing major medical conditions, undergoing career changes, and/or dealing with grief and loss

  • Domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault

  • Emotional distress such as depression, excessive worry, anger or low self esteem

  • Parenting and co-parenting challenges 

  • Gifted children and adults

  • Children's behavioral challenges such as school refusal, separation anxiety, defiant behavior, and tantrums.  

 

My practice rests on a strong foundation of clinical knowledge and research.  As a adjunct professor and lecturer at both USC and UCLA graduate programs of social work, I have a passion for knowledge and evidence-based practice that can be tailored to your particular situation and needs, to create an effective and sound treatment plan.  

 

 

 

Work and Education

Specific areas of expertise:

  • Trauma treatment

  • Somatic integration and regulation - Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

  • Gottman-Method Couples Therapy

  • Anxiety-based disorders (children and adult)

  • Depression (children and adult)

  • Gifted children and adults

  • Early childhood development and attachment 

  • Adoption

  • Family Therapy

  • Parenting and Co-Parenting

2014-2018

Professor

USC School of Social Work

2014-2018

Program Director

Psychological Care and Healing Treatment Center

2007-2017

Executive Director

Westside Domestic Violence Network

2011-2013

Lecturer

UCLA Department of Social Welfare

2009-2011

Program Coordinator

Early Head Start

Certifications:

  • ​​​LICENSE, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board of Behavioral Science, (BBS) Los Angeles, California, 2006

 

  • Level 1 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy trained.  Currently in Level II. 

  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy - LEVEL II TRAINED completed 2014

  • CERTIFIED SEXUAL ASSAULT COUNSELOR, The Rape Treatment Center, 90 hours completed 2005

 

  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COUNSELOR, Sojourn Services for Battered Women and Their Children, 40 hours state accredited training completed, 1997

 

  • CERTIFIED CHILD PARENT PSYCHOTHERAPY – Evidence-based, dyadic model for trauma survivors ages 0-5 and their caregivers, completed 2014

 

  • CERTIFIED MAP – Evidence-based psychotherapeutic intervention covering clinical areas of depression, anxiety, trauma and disruptive behavior, completed 2014

 

  • CERTIFIED Reflective Parenting facilitator – Utilizing the research of Peter Fonagy, this model promotes insight, mentalization and attachment relationship in a 10 week parenting curriculum

 

2016-2018

Part-Time Faculty

Loyola Marymount University