Jenifer graduated magna cum laude from Metropolitan State University of Denver with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, before pursuing her Master of Science in Applied Psychology from the University of Baltimore in Maryland. Throughout her college journey, Jenifer knew she wanted to work with adolescents, and focused a great deal of her education on adolescent psychology and other related topics, such as elective classes in Juvenile Justice and even Young Adult Fiction.
In her Masters program, Jenifer landed an internship in school-based mental health, working with Baltimore inner-city middle school kids.
When she returned to her home state of Colorado, Jenifer accepted a position with a community mental health organization in Boulder, in their school-based mental health program.
Over the course of three years providing therapy to adolescents in the Boulder Valley School District, Jenifer worked at Broomfield Heights Middle School, Lafayette’s Justice High School, and both Fairview High and Boulder High. In her school-based work, Jenifer also partnered with Boulder County’s Truancy Improvement Project (TIP) to help students with many school absences obtain the resources they need to improve attendance, from mental health options to community resources.
Through the diversity of the populations she has worked with, Jenifer has developed skills that help her connect with clients from all backgrounds and walks of life. Jenifer’s theoretical orientation is rooted in Existential Psychology, and includes Multicultural Psychology and Feminist Psychology. Her approach to counseling is an integrative one, in which she will pull from a variety of techniques and Evidence Based Practices (EBP) from many modalities in order to best serve each individual client’s needs.
In her work with adolescents in particular, Jenifer takes a Strengths-Based, Solution-Focused approach in order to help teens and tweens find the power within themselves to grow and become more confident.
It is Jenifer’s belief that therapy is a collaborative effort, in that the therapist brings knowledge and expertise about psychology, while the client brings knowledge and expertise about themselves. To this end, Jenifer is committed to ensuring her young clients are active participants in their therapy, that they know their rights as clients, and that they feel empowered to speak up about their needs.
Jenifer joined the Longmont Kidstuff Counseling team in July of 2019, and she is excited to grow with the group practice, and contribute meaningfully to this wonderful and compassionate mental health organization.
Jenifer currently lives in Denver with her cat, Cash. She enjoys pursuing many artistic hobbies, such as singing, painting, writing, and drawing, and she is a voracious reader.