M.A., Lesley University, Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy
B.A., Assumption College, Sociology and Psychology
As Assistant Director of Counseling, Jennifer provides clinical oversight of mental health services including supervising counseling staff and practicum/internship students. In addition, Jennifer is a mental health consultant for the college community.
Jennifer provides students with individual counseling for a variety of reasons. Although she is a generalist and works with students who have a diverse range of mental health concerns, her clinical interests include mood disorders, depression, anxiety, non-suicidal self-injury, relationships/family dynamics, trauma, sexual identity and college adjustment.
Jennifer believes that managing stress is vital to overall well-being, and has training in meditation and mindfulness. Her clinical approach to the therapeutic process involves a strengths-based perspective and cognitive behavioral techniques with trauma-informed clinical care. Her other interests and trainings include expressive therapies such as movement and art, coping with grief and loss, body image, and life transitions.
“I enjoy helping students with their personal growth and development, while taking into consideration individual characteristics and values. College is a pivotal time in a young adult’s life where they learn to negotiate the ups and downs. For many it is a time of exploration, instability and feeling in-between. It is a privilege to accompany students during this developmental stage and time filled with possibilities and unknowns.”
Jennifer came to Mount Ida College in 2012 and moved into the Assistant Director Position in 2014. Prior to coming to Mount Ida Jennifer worked as a Senior Crisis Clinician at Advocates Psychiatric Emergency Team Jennifer has been in the counseling field since 1994 beginning with working as a high school counselor for three years in Belize. Through many work experiences, she became interested in specifically working with young adults who have interest in pursuing a college education while managing various mental health concerns including life’s stressors and symptoms of mood disorders and trauma.
Jennifer finds value in supporting student success directly through individual counseling and facilitating workshops as well as indirectly by supporting members of the community by providing mental health trainings and consultation to Faculty, Residential Life and Athletics.
A career highlight for Jennifer at Mount Ida is the Koru Mindfulness workshop series that trains students in mindfulness techniques to manage the stress of adjusting to college and series that trains students in mindfulness techniques to manage the stress of adjusting to college and being a successful college student.
It is a privilege to accompany students during this developmental stage and time filled with possibilities and unknowns.