Two weeks before her 17th birthday, Jenny was on her way to a week-long summer youth camp with her church. One minute she remembers giggling over Seventeen magazine ads with friends a few rows ahead of her in the 15-passenger van, the next moment she’s recalls being rushed to the hospital after being struck by a cement truck.
A few years later, her world crashed in on her as she realized that she could no longer hold on to the facade that she was “ok”. What she didn’t know, didn’t have a name to, was that she had PTSD. She had labeled it so many other things, all pointing to some innate deficiency: weak, failure, unworthy. Finally being able to put a name to what she was experiencing, knowing how to define her inner world, was indeed half the battle and the beginning to healing and empowerment.
Practicing since 2007, Jenny has extensive experience counseling in the following areas: sexual assault trauma, crisis intervention, human trafficking trauma, domestic violence trauma, grief counseling, dissociative disorders, OCD, adoption and foster care work, healing for children and spouses of NPDs and BPDs . Being in private place for 10+ years, Jenny’s sweet spot is helping teens and their parents through depression and anxiety (which often are the root cause of other detrimental behaviors that may bring them to counseling in the first place) and rebuild connection that can often deteriorate occur during those difficult times. She is also a regular speaker at area Chinese churches, speaking to immigrant parents in order to help bridge the generational and cultural gap that immigrant parents and their Asian-American children can find themselves in. A neuropsychology nerd, she likes to incorporate brain science and practical techniques to help facilitate understanding and communication.
Jenny uses a combination of attachment theory and cognitive behavioral therapy in her sessions. To put it simply, we all long to be connected to significant people in our lives, and disconnection is fueled by the fear of either 1) being unable to get the connection we need, or 2) others being unable to provide the connection we desire. So come prepared to discover the root of areas of disconnection in your life, as well as work towards practical steps to move toward connection.