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about Jenessa

I bring a committed presence and respectful inquiry to the work; my style as a therapist is calm, kind, and engaging. Our work together will support your empowerment through the development of embodied awareness, mindful reflection, and understanding; this can activate greater choice in your everyday living and help grow more satisfying relationships.

As a somatic psychotherapist, I value the communications and experience of the body equally alongside mental and intellectual experience. I integrate various models into my work including but not limited to Interpersonal Neurobiology, Formative Psychology, Psychodynamic and Attachment theories, Emotionally Focused Therapy and other somatic modalities.

It is my calling to help people come into deeper connection with themselves, including their felt body experience. Research into the effects of mindfulness and awareness continue to show the multitude of health benefits from slowing down and becoming intentionally aware of sensation, thought, belief and meaning. Building self compassion and working with the ways our brains process and encode experience is a direct way to bring about change.

My professional and personal experiences all contribute to my role as a therapist. I am continually deepening my practice through trainings and peer consult groups, Authentic Movement, yoga and meditation.

Education:
Wesleyan University, BA in English Literature
California Institute of Integral Studies, MA in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Somatic Psychology, 2007

Credentials:
California as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #96860
Washington as Licensed Mental Health Counselor LH60224970

Membership:
US Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP)
California Association for Marriage and Family Therapist (CAMFT)
Postpartum Health Alliance (PHA)