Jennifer Barker Santopietro, MS, LPC

Loveland, Greeley

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose”. (Dr. Seuss) Jenni believes that being heard and listened to without judgment inherently increases coping. She recognizes the value of family and close friends’ support during times of struggle, but she also believes that feeling better can be expedited by an objective person to listen and to help explore options to current behaviors and attitudes. Jenni feels strongly that all people have a story, and the opportunity to share their story can help them find meaning, purpose, direction, and calm as they attempt to make changes. Her counseling style is eclectic. When appropriate, she uses visual, kinesthetic, and creative modalities like writing, music, role-play and play during counseling sessions. Most often Jenni likes to help people find options within distressing situations. Finding positive ways of thinking about choices and finding humor while taking risks to change can be very useful tools. Jenni also values helping people find new ways to approach hard conversations and situations. While not everything has an immediate solution, Jenni believes that most people are more resourceful than they give themselves credit for, and ultimately, she hopes to help people find peace as they realize they are not alone.

Jenni has been working as a therapist for 26 years. Since 1990, she has been a music therapist working primarily with people with developmental disabilities and their families. Since 2007, Jenni has worked as a counselor for children, adolescents and adults, and she worked for 10 years as a counselor in the public schools. She is a confident advocate for children who are dealing with changes in their lives perpetuated by changes in the lives of the adults who care for them, and she is supportive of adults who are ready to make changes in their lives either by necessity or by choice.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicide Ideation
  • Life Transitions
  • GLB Individuals
  • Transgender/Genderqueer
  • Academic Difficulties
  • Work Issues
  • School Refusal
  • Relationship Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Divorce
  • Trauma
  • Foster Care
  • Family Issues
  • Eating Disorders