Jennifer White has over twenty years experience working with children, families and young adults. She began her career in community mental health where she worked with children and families impacted by trauma and addictions. She gained expertise in working with addictions, trauma, grief anxiety, depression and emergent mental health issues.
For almost a decade, she worked with college students as both a therapist and assistant director of counseling services. There she further expanded her interest and expertise in relational trauma, grief, loss, addictions as well as gender identity issues. During her tenure in Higher Education, she developed particular interest in the body’s response to stress and completed numerous mindfulness based trainings and retreats, including MBSR. She designed and facilitated many groups for both students and staff incorporating mindfulness based strategies.
Jennifer believes that mental health is the ability to respond to setbacks, disappointments and ambiguity – that is, life events – with flexibility and resilience. Often, childhood misattunements with caregivers, traumas and neglect shape responses that become fixed patterns throughout life. With therapeutic intervention, positive attachment relationships can be forged, old memories can lead to new insights, which can inspire more adaptive responses. Her practice combines a psychodynamic approach coupled with mindfulness based methodologies to explore, release and transform stuck emotions, body sensations and negative cognitions leading to increased energy and greater life satisfaction.
She has a post – graduate certificate in Integrative Trauma studies from the National Institute for the Psychotherapies.