Jennifer Whitlock, Licensed Professional Counselor
Jen Whitlock has more than 20 years experience helping adults and teens create a more vibrant and satisfying life for themselves.
She's well acquainted with a variety of psychological perspectives, including Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic, Gestalt, Insight-oriented and Internal Family Systems. Instead of forcing a clients to conform to one therapeutic model, she collaborates with the individual to find what best fits that individual and that particular time in their lives.
She loves to use experiential and expressive modalities such as psychodrama and play therapy because they makes it more comfortable to face uncomfortable issues.
"I have a knack for talking toteens, even those who didn't want therapy in the first place. That's because I'm fun to talk to and I really listen and understand.
"I have helped adolescents tackle such problems as attitudes, anxiety, conflict, self cutting, depression, past trauma, sexual issues and peer conflict. I presented my expertise on "How to Engage the Difficult Teen" at aNew Jersey Counseling AssociationConference.
"I welcome theGay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioningpopulation. Homosexuality is not a problem that must be cured, but there are challenges unique to people outside the mainstream. I can help people come out to loved ones, deal with harassment or merely discuss relationships without having to change the pronoun.
I have special knowledge of transgender issues, as I have worked with the population for more than 10 years, and I have presented workshops on gender issues at such venues as Columbia University, Vernon High School, the New Jersey Counseling Association, the Mazzoni Center's Philadelphia TransHealth Conference, Gender Conference East and others. I can write letters for hormone therapy or surgery, if appropriate. I lead groups for transgender individuals - check to see which one is active at the moment.
"I have extensive training inexpressive therapiessuch as play therapy and psychodrama. It can be difficult to put certain feelings into words. Writing, art, music and role playing can communicate the unspeakable. I use psychodramatic games in group therapy to encourage spontaneity and team building, and I created a group, SHOUT OUT!!! that focused on these games.
"In my own life, creative pursuits have been a huge source of satisfaction. I have written articles and stories for publication and for self-expression, and I've acted in community theater. These activities have made my life rich. Satisfaction can come from solving problems, and it can also come from creating a life that you love.
"I invite you to Create a Live Worth Living."
-- Jen Whitlock, Licensed Professional Counselor
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