Hello! I’m Jennifer, an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and SF/Bay Area native. I am also a wife, and a mother of twin daughters. I have been with my husband for 20+ years, married for 15 of them, and we have both realized early on that life was going to challenge our commitment to one another as we continued to grow and move through different stages. Sometimes the challenges were our circumstances, and other times they were about the wounds we each carried into our relationship. Our biggest take-away from our years together is that positive change in our relationship requires intentionality and work on both our parts.
LOVE IS POSSIBLE:
Autism has touched my life through my love for my nephew. When he was diagnosed at a young age, the first question that his mother asked the doctor was whether her son would ever know what it feels like to be in love. To her, falling in love with someone and being loved is one of life’s most wonderful experiences. To her relief, the doctor affirmed that yes, experiencing love is possible!
That said, feeling love and navigating relationships are two different things. Neurodiverse relationships, between a neurotypical person (someone not on the spectrum) and one diagnosed with being on the Autism spectrum, may have specific obstacles to overcome because of the differences in how they experience the world and express themselves within it. I work with neurodiverse couples to grow in their understanding of one another, build skills to nurture connection between them, and help heal wounds resulting from former relationship patterns.
I look forward to meeting with you and learning how I can best support you and your partner. I work to provide a safe, shame-free environment for my clients to explore the issues that brought them to me. If you’re ready for that next step, I applaud your courage and I would love to be considered a possible partner in your journey!
Family of Origin Issues
Couples, families, individuals (12 years and older), military/veterans
Attachment-based, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-informed, Internal Family Systems, Family Systems, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Mindful Self-Compassion, TEAM-CBT, SYMBIS, Prepare/Enrich
Registered Associate MFTA #127004
Registered Associate APCC #9907
Supervised by Dr. Harry Motro, LMFT #53452