About

Why Embrace Counseling? My desire is to help clients:

 

1. Embrace the idea of counseling: Acknowledging you need help is the first step. I’ve found that your success or failure in counseling has everything to do with your willingness and commitment to make positive changes.

2. Feel embraced & welcomed in my office: From the time we speak on the phone to each time you walk into my office, my hope is that you feel unconditionally accepted and free to be yourself.

3. Embrace oneself, others, & your situation: Growing up with 2 older sisters, we had our share of sibling squabbles. Every time that our parents had to get involved and all was said and done, our parents would tell us to embrace one another. We would reluctantly hug one another and feel silly, especially after a heated argument. Now as an adult with kids of my own, I can appreciate my parents’ wisdom. I believe that it is only after we can first embrace the reality of our situation can we then attempt to change it. Accepting ourselves and others just as they are recognizes our shared humanity and our shared weaknesses.

I help adolescent girls & women with anxiety or depression and couples going through a difficult season.

Hi, I’m Jen.

I understand that counseling is a very personal matter, and sometimes it takes time to find the right counselor for you. I recognize that I won’t be the best fit for everyone, and that’s okay. If you are looking for someone to fix your problems, you won’t find that here. I don’t fix clients’ problems, and I don’t pretend that therapy is an easy process but, working together, I help clients discover how to make real changes toward improving their lives and creating meaningful connections with those they value. When you work with me, you’ll find that I’m very approachable & down to earth. I accept you just as you are, and I will do all I can to help you reach your goals for counseling.

I know what it’s like to try and balance wearing 10 different hats and feel like you’re always coming up short.  It can be very frustrating and exhausting. My goal is to help individuals recognize their inherent value and find freedom through acceptance.

I live in Greenville, South Carolina with my husband of 17 years, 2 daughters, and our energetic Lab Pei dog named Hazel. When I’m not in the office, I am probably homeschooling my girls, reading, playing guitar, or trying out new restaurants.

If you have decided that you’re tired of being tired and are ready to make real changes, then I invite you to please contact me today for a free phone consultation.

Professional Bio

You may be wondering if I’m qualified to do this work. I graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelors degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering and later continued on to graduate with a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Some people may view engineering and counseling as completely opposite fields, however having worked in both, I find that my engineering investigative background into the root of problems enhances my skills as a counselor and helps me stay curious of my client’s experience. Additionally, having the balance of the analytical as well as the empathetic enables me to better empathize with my clients. Since 2019 I have also worked as an Affiliate Therapist with the Center for Sexual & Relational Health.

Credentials:
Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified Betrayal Trauma (Addo Recovery)
Certified Discernment Counselor (Doherty Relationship Institute)
Certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist (ICEEFT)
Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy, Level 2 (ICEEFT)
Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Basic Level
Transformative Couples Therapy

Memberships:
International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
American Counseling Association (ACA)
American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)

Ready to make changes to live the life you were meant to live?