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I’m Jennifer, the face behind JD Counseling & Psychotherapy, LLC. I specialize in working with all things “fear”. Fear is one of our most innate emotions, and the basis of many challenges like OCD, anxiety, phobias, and more. Growing up, I always felt like I was an innately fearful person; often finding that I was more likely to run in the opposite direction of any risk or unknown. I spent many years feeling like fear was a deficit. As I got older and began studying psychology and literature at the University of Rhode Island, I learned that fear serves an important purpose. Without it, we’d be unable to make intentional and valuable decisions. In fact, without fear we never really grow.
I turned insecurity about my own fears into curiosity, and continued my studies at the University of Saint Joseph in hopes of learning how I can encourage people to embrace the “good side” of fear, and learn to better control it. I was one of the first in the state of CT to simultaneously complete the requirements for an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and an MA in School Counseling so that I could work in a variety of settings to help people manage fear.
During and after graduate school, I developed my skills in the gold-standard of fear treatment; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) in schools, agency, and private practice settings working with teens and adults on issues related to fear.
In the last few years I became a National Certified Counselor (NCC) as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and made it my mission to start a business built exclusively on treating fear, anxiety, OCD, and related disorders with the most effective tools. Each year, I spend much of my time continuing my education on new modalities, and adapting new and promising techniques from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and trauma-based theories into my treatment. My mission is to help you take control back from fear, and better understand fear’s role and purpose for you, so you can have a more peaceful and fulfilling life.
While I’m not “therapizing”, I love fruit and vegetable gardening, catching up on new movies and TV shows, going for drives and hikes to explore new places, and hanging out with my husband and dog, Gracie!
To learn more about my specific services, explore using the button below. If you have any other questions about me, JD Counseling & Psychotherapy, LLC, or want to inquire about setting up an appointment, please reach out using the form to the side, or any of my contact information listed at the bottom of the page!