Jennifer Self has a doctoral degree in couple and family therapy from Saint Louis University and a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Dr. Self is also a registered nurse and is training to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She has been a former director and assistant director of two collegiate mental health centers and has served as faculty at several colleges including Galen College of Nursing.
Dr. Self has extensive experience providing mental health counseling and couple therapy. She works primarily with adult clients (late adolescent and up) for individual and couple therapy. Her areas of passion and specialization include:
- Empowerment and assertiveness
- Existential concerns (e.g., finding meaning and purpose, coping with loss)
- LGBT (including documentation for gender affirming treatments)
- Career development
- Sexuality and sexual health (using a sex positive approach)
- Emotional Support Animal (ESA) assessment and documentation
Her approach to therapy involves integration of current psychological neuroscience research findings and evidence-based techniques within a humanistic framework. Dr. Self incorporates elements of CBT, DBT, Narrative Therapy, mindfulness, positive psychology, and more.
Dr. Self finds that co-creating a trusting and caring therapeutic relationship with clients is the foundation of successful therapy. She is more directive in her approach and will actively work with clients to discover ideas and strategies for bettering their lives. Dr. Self strives to be approachable, genuine, and caring with clients and enjoys use of humor in her work.