Jen has passion and skills for helping organizations and people thrive and live more fully. Jen spent her first professional career in campaigns and mission-driven advocacy work, and then a second career as a counselor and therapist, and now offers both Counseling and Consulting, where she brings her counseling and organizing skills to support organizations with change initiatives, organizational mapping, internal dynamics, and strategic planning.
Jen brings thirty years of experience to support organizations. Jen worked at a senior level for over 18 years in advocacy, organizing, and state legislative issue campaigns, working for a range of groups from legal services to labor unions. She directed state organizations, managed unusual coalitions, and won legislative issue campaigns, organizing campaigns, and electoral campaigns. Jen then embarked on a second career as a counselor, therapist and coach, and sought advanced training in couples counseling and individual therapy methods. She completed post-graduate training at the Washington School of Psychiatry’s clinical program on psychotherapy practice, and completed several advanced trainings and certifications in Imago Relationship Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Somatic Experiencing, Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, Complex Integration of Multiple Brain Systems, Somatic Imagery and Ego State work, RAIN, Buddhist therapy, Phenomenology, Gottman method, and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.
In recent years, Jen has expanded her work into Organizational Consulting and Change Leadership, completing the Georgetown University program of that name, as well as training with Robert Gass in the Art of Transformational Consulting, the Rockwood Leadership Institute, the Strozzi Institute of embodied leadership, and the Leadership Agility 360. Jen has consulted to mission-driven nonprofits, foundations, and large advocacy organizations. She works with Executive Directors, staff at all levels, as well as elected leaders, advocates, lawyers, and organizers.
A few recent consulting projects include facilitating and leading the Organizational Mapping Tool for the Ford Foundation’s Build grantees; consulting to help a spiritual organization resolve internal conflicts and chart new directions; strategic planning; and working with a large immigrant rights advocacy group helping the staff and leadership team assess organizational growth, internal communication, staff development, and recommending new approaches for a more engaged staff and effective organization.
As a counselor and therapist with 20 years of experience, Jen brings advanced methods of therapy and coaching to her work with organizations, and finds that most organizations have found her work helpful in resolving internal tensions and conflicts. Jen offers and teachers several methods that address and heal issues within organizations. As a counselor, Jen quickly helps clients identify core issues and patterns, understand and resolve conflicts, and feel better fast. Jen has practiced counseling since 2002, and has run her own private practice since 2005.