Jennifer Whitlock, Licensed Professional Counselor
has 20 years experience
helping adults and teens
create a life worth living,
using individual therapy,
and sometimes a touch
of marital and family therapy.
"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 with alternate lifestyles. I can help people come out to loved ones, deal with harassment or merely discuss relationships without having to change the pronoun. I have advocated for transgender clients who have chosen to make full transitions, and full those who have decided to transition in some ways and not others. I have currently run three groups for transgender individuals - one for all ages, one for teens, and one for friends and family of gender variant individuals. Last year, I presented two workshops on transgender issues at the 12th Annual LGBTQA College Leadership Conference at William Paterson University, and next year I am slated to lead a Gender Diversity Sensitivity Training at the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama Conference.
"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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