Jenni tries to bring a sense of genuine warmth, compassionate curiosity, and humor to the therapeutic relationship. She believes that people are the experts in their own lives, and views therapy as a collaborative process that encourages growth, resilience, accountability, and empowerment. As an art therapist, Jenni incorporates the art making process as a restorative tool to increase insight using nonverbal forms of expression and expanding imaginative capabilities within oneself. Her desire is to provide a safe space to explore past experiences and traumas while creatively working towards healing.
Jenni is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Registered Art Therapist. She works from a narrative, strength-based, intersectional, anti-oppressive, and trauma informed lens. Jenni has a background working with adolescents and young adults in a community mental health setting. To meet each of her client’s unique needs, she uses a diverse range of therapeutic practices and theories. She has worked with trauma related symptoms and disorders, emotional dysregulation, anxiety, depression, attachment disruptions, life transitions, personality disorders, identity development, and the LGBTQIA+ community. Jenni has extensive experience utilizing mindfulness and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills and techniques. Being an art therapist, she tries to find creative and affirming ways of exploring a person’s experiences while helping her clients feel empowered to achieve their goals and build resiliency in their lives.
Jenni received an undergraduate degree in early childhood development from Fresno Pacific University in California. She has earned a master’s in counseling and art therapist from Adler University here in Chicago.