Welcome to TouchingTrees.
Learn about our experience and approach.
My practice and services are focused on helping individuals, couples, and families learn to manage stress from relationships. Some of the most stressful times, of course, are when a divorce or separation is going on, so that is often how I enter into someone's life. My involvement can include individual therapy, couples therapy, Discernment Counseling, decoupling counseling, and coaching.
My approach includes looking at the ways you are feeling "stuck" through emotional, physical, and financial attachments to a stressful relationship. From there, we work together to understand how you got to where you are, why you are motivated to change now, and how you can achieve your personal goals. Those goals may include goals related to parenting, to partnering, or to growing into a more authentic identity.
I use strategies from Internal Family Systems, systems theory, and structural theory, as well as values integration and vulnerability exploration. Sometimes the best vehicle for growth is a trusting relationship with a therapist, and I strive to provide that to every one of the people I work with.
Our first meeting or two is a great way for you to share as many thoughts and feelings as you want. The more I can learn from you, the better I can tailor your therapeutic experience to meet your needs. I'll be taking lots of notes during these sessions!
Depending on your needs, we will work together to figure out the patterns that are getting (or keeping) you stuck. We will also work together to create a plan to make the most of our time together. I want you to feel so much better after participating in therapy, and understanding and changing patterns and cycles is a great way to do that.
I believe that the client's needs determine the type of therapy we do together. Generally, I like to integrate any number of theories and strategies into my work with you. I'm always learning, too, so don't be surprised if I share with you some book or concept I just discovered if I think it would be a help to you.
Jenni's Experience & Focus
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Argosy University
Recipient of a Lilly Endowment Fellowship to Indiana University for Secondary Education
B.A. in English Composition, DePauw University
Jenni specializes in post-divorce issues related to emotional, physical, and financial attachment, as well as decoupling counseling. She is trained in Prepare/Enrich, Discernment Counseling, Mediation, and Parenting Consulting.
* Author of Outsmart Your High-Stress Divorce
* Presenter of Outsmart Your High-Conflict Relationship
* Author/Presenter of "Divorce, Everlasting" to Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (MAMFT)
* Experience providing therapy to young adults with developmental disabilities, as well as their families