About Jennifer Dean, PhD, LCSW
Here is the real truth about me
We are all imperfect human beings, comparing ourselves to others and trying to figure out where we best fit in. Like many people, I spent many years focusing on my flaws and creating havoc in my life. There was a point in my life where I struggled with anxiety and negative relationships. I had a perfectionist mentality that stemmed from my own early childhood trauma, and have faced divorce and life-threatening health issues. I’m a parent to three tweens and teens, and finally discovered that life really starts to get dynamic and exciting when you can shed the image and finally just be you.
If you don’t know who that “you” is, it’s ok! One of the best reasons to begin therapy is to develop a deep and grounded sense of self. There are no holds barred in our work together. As you can see, I am an open book. I practice relational therapy, which means I bring my honest self into the room. The dynamics that arise between us will help to identify the dynamics you are experiencing out there in the world.
Being a PhD in Clinical Social Work, I approach therapy from the whole-body perspective. I use a wide combination of techniques, based on what makes you feel the most comfortable. Cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma theory and Relational psychotherapy guide my work. I also work with Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, which means I practice a type of body therapy that helps release trauma. This is a very simple and non-invasive process, where I will talk you through how to overcome sensations and complete unfinished desires that may be trapped in your body.
Along with seeing clients in my private practice, I am fortunate enough to be able to use my trauma training to work with women and men who have been sex trafficked and now work in prostitution. Today I am finding new richness and joy in life on a daily basis, and I am honored to be able to be of service to others who find themselves on the same journey.