Jennifer Varela

Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Supervisor

Certifications and/or training: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR); Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (The Beck Institute); and Animal Related Bereavement Training

Are you struggling with a difficult situation or experience?  Have you tried to “shake it off,” but find that you just can’t? I’ve been there myself, and I’ve got over 25 years of experience helping people navigate these types of issues.

I am here and ready to connect with you to sort through grief, trauma, stressors, and problems.  We can explore ways to increase your ability to not only manage and cope, but perhaps even find more happiness and calmness (even under difficult circumstances).

I understand trauma, loss, and the crushing weight of hopelessness and accompanying thoughts that things will never be better or different. For many years, I worked as an embedded criminal justice social worker and helped people navigate traumatic and difficult situations, including sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, deaths of family members and friends, animal abuse and death, and other serious types of circumstances. My work in criminal justice also allowed me to learn about the culture and the stresses and pressures that accompany first responders, investigators, and helping professionals.

I am an animal lover who has experienced the loss of beloved companion animals and know first-hand the heart-breaking decisions and accompanying emotional responses involved in serious illness and end-of-life circumstances, including euthanasia.  I have completed a specialized training program to assist people in coping with the loss of beloved companion animals and am ready to help you cope in similar situations.

I utilize a culturally competent, compassionate, non-judgmental, and encouraging client-centered approach to assist people in negotiating tough times and experiences. I have also been trained in and utilize a variety of evidence-based therapeutic interventions, including Mindfulness, EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (The Beck Institute), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy strategies, Motivational Interviewing, and other methodologies.

I hope to assist you in sorting out problems, worries, shame, depression, anxiety, hurt, loss, or trauma. Let’s meet to find a solution that works for you.

When scheduling an appointment, please ask for Jennifer Varela.

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