Jen Atherton, LPCC
Jen Atherton is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) with a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. As a therapist, she views each individual from a “whole person” perspective- integrating mind, body, and spirit, as well as past, present, and future selves.
Born into a medical family, Jen is continually seeking knowledge and understanding of how the human body impacts our psychological health and well-being, which she incorporates into her sessions. She is passionate about helping her clients identify how they want to feel, act, and be in the world and in their relationships. With the above being the foundation of her approach to therapy, Jen uses the therapeutic relationship to support her clients on their journey, resulting in personal growth, transformation, insight, and a more authentic and balanced view of themselves.
Jen’s therapeutic style is humorous, compassionate, and honest – like having a real conversation. She knows when to be direct with feedback or when to allow the process to unfold naturally. Through collaborative discussions, Jen works with each individual to explore patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting in a non-judgmental way. Therapy is personalized based on the goals identified, as well as areas that may become more evident as the therapeutic relationship develops.
Jen utilizes a variety of therapy methods and theoretical perspectives in her work, including: cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT); health psychology; psychodynamic theory; solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT); and integrative mental health approaches. Areas of specialty include the following: chronic illness and health concerns; substance use disorders; adult ADHD; and pre-and-post bariatric surgery patients.
In her personal time, Jen has an eclectic range of interests, including rock & gem hunting, working on her future podcast (“You Need a Helmet”), playing board games with her kids, and coaching girls’ youth hockey.