Jennifer Franklin, MA, MSW, LCSW
Hello and welcome. I can imagine that the journey that has lead you here has been a challenging one. Reaching out for help is no small feat; most likely, it took a lot of courage for you to arrive here. The idea of opening up to someone, who is unknown, takes a leap of faith. I want you to know it is my intention to be gentle with you in this process and that we will move at a pace that is catered to your needs.
In each therapeutic relationship we settle into an approach that feels appropriate, remaining open to changes throughout the treatment, whether short or long term. Just as no two people are exactly alike, neither are any two courses of therapy. An integral part of my work is to help individuals overcome trauma (relational and physical) along with the limiting beliefs and patterns that go along with those experiences. Often times people don't believe that their devastating stories of rejection qualify as trauma. I'm here to tell you that they do. Those experiences can have a similar impact on a person's nervous system and ability to function in the world. We will work together at unearthing the unconscious beliefs and patterns, rooted deeply in your history, that are leading you to feel stuck in different aspects of your life today.
I have extensive training in working with trauma (EMDR levels 1 & 2), mindfulness and meditation, Attachment Focused Family Therapy (AFFT), psychodynamic theory, process groups, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). In addition to my formal clinical masters-level training in psychotherapy from the Smith College for Social Work (Master of Social Work), I have over 15 years of training in behavioral learning theory that is grounded in my prior work as a teacher and parent educator, as well as a masters degree in bilingual/diverse education (Master of the Arts). What this means for you, in our work together, is that we have access to a variety of means for you, you and your partner, or for you and your family to begin the healing process.
I have also developed a passion for working with couples who are are looking to find the closeness and connection that they desire in their relationship and to move through difficult times. I use Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with couples, a humanistic approach to treatment designed to help people become better able to accept, regulate, understand, and express their emotions in relationship. This kind of therapy digs deeply into the patterns of hurtful interaction where couples find themselves stuck. These patterns are almost always related to our up-bringing; we internalize ways of experiencing ourselves and others, and bring those experiences to all of our relationships. While some patterns are helpful, others send us into cycles that leave us feeling unworthy, unheard, and misunderstood and reacting to things that aren’t actually part of our current situation. When couples begin to understand the patterns that are leading to feelings of disconnection and become aware of the negative beliefs that they are holding about about themselves and their partners in relationship, couples can begin to make changes in how to engage without it feeling forced, scripted or artificial.
Over seven years of clinical experience as a mental health therapist has given me the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients and their concerns in a variety of settings, including University of Colorado's Counseling and Psychiatric Services, Mental Health Partners, and Axis Health System of Colorado. I have extensive experience and interest in working with individuals who are working through the following:
Trauma (Relational and Physical)
Borderline Personality Disorder
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
* I accept Blue Cross Blue Shield, Allegiance, Cigna, Medicaid, and Pacific Source insurance.