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Jennifer Gonzalez, MSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

It takes courage to seek help and finding the right therapist who will validate your experiences and help you grow is crucial. Life is often hard, and you don’t have to go it alone. I am here if you’re seeking to build stronger attachments in your relationships, navigating significant life transitions, processing the pain and complexity of grief and loss, feeling stuck or unsure of your life’s path, or wanting to better understand how your past experiences inform your present-day decisions.

My purpose as your therapist is to meet you wherever you are with curiosity, warmth, and non-judgment and to provide a space where you feel accepted and understood. Ultimately, you hold the key to your own growth and healing. My role is to walk alongside you – to encourage, support and offer honest, direct feedback when it feels like you’ve lost your way.

No matter what you're going through, there is hope. I look forward to helping you access your resilience so you can experience more joy in your life and become the best version of yourself. Reach out today.

To schedule a free consultation call/text 727-308-6094

Specializations:

Credentials & Experience:

  • Intimate Relationships and Couples

  • Stress, Loneliness, Guilt, and Shame

  • Identity and Authenticity

  • Depression and Anxiety

  • Chronic Pain or Illness

  • LGBTQIA+

  • Grief and Loss

  • Life Transitions

  • Existentialism

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker

  • Master of Social Work from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC

  • Certificate from the Florida Psychoanalytic Center, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (in-progress)

  • Certificate from the William Alanson White Institute, Interpersonal Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program (in-progress)   

Jennifer sees clients aged 13 and above

Specializations:

  • Intimate Relationships and Couples: Jennifer specializes in helping individuals and couples navigate the complexities of their relationships. She provides guidance and support in communication, conflict resolution, and strengthening emotional bonds.
     

  • Grief and Loss: Jennifer has expertise in helping clients cope with the pain and challenges associated with loss, whether it be the death of a loved one, a significant life change, or the end of a relationship. She offers a compassionate and empathetic space for clients to process their grief.

 

  • Life Transitions: Jennifer assists individuals in managing various life transitions, such as career changes, relocation, divorce, or becoming an empty-nester. She helps clients navigate the emotions and uncertainties that often arise during these periods of change.

 

  • Existentialism: Jennifer is knowledgeable in existential therapy, which explores the meaning and purpose of life, the search for personal authenticity, and the role of freedom and responsibility. She supports clients in exploring existential questions and finding their own sense of meaning.

 

  • Stress, Loneliness, Guilt, and Shame: Jennifer helps clients address and manage stress, loneliness, guilt, and shame. She provides a safe and non-judgmental space for clients to explore these emotions, develop coping strategies, and work towards self-acceptance.

 

  • Identity and Authenticity: Jennifer supports clients in exploring their identity, including questions related to gender, sexuality, and cultural or personal identity. She helps clients find authenticity and develop a stronger sense of self.

 

  • LGBTQIA+: Jennifer is LGBTQIA+ affirming and has experience working with individuals from diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. She provides a supportive and understanding environment for LGBTQIA+ clients.

 

  • Chronic Pain or Illness: Jennifer assists individuals dealing with chronic pain or illness in coping with the physical, emotional, and psychological challenges. She helps clients develop strategies to improve their quality of life and manage the impact of their condition.

Modalities:

  • Psychodynamic Therapy: Jennifer utilizes psychodynamic therapy to help clients explore unconscious patterns, past experiences, and the influence of early relationships on their current thoughts and behaviors. This approach promotes self-awareness and personal growth.

 

  • Relational Therapy: Jennifer focuses on the therapeutic relationship as a catalyst for change. She examines how clients relate to others and helps them develop healthier relationship patterns.

 

  • Existential Therapy: Jennifer employs existential therapy techniques to help clients explore questions related to meaning, purpose, and freedom. This approach encourages clients to take responsibility for their choices and pursue personal growth.

 

  • Attachment Theory: Jennifer incorporates attachment theory to understand how early relationships and attachment patterns influence current relationships and emotional well-being. She helps clients develop secure and healthy attachment styles.

 

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy: Jennifer uses emotionally focused therapy to enhance emotional bonds and improve communication within couples or family systems. This approach focuses on creating secure and fulfilling connections.

 

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Jennifer utilizes acceptance and commitment therapy to help clients accept difficult emotions, clarify values, and commit to actions aligned with their values. This approach promotes psychological flexibility and resilience.

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