Jennifer Reisberg, MA, LMHCA

 

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Email: reisbergtherapy@gmail.com  ○  Phone:  (206) 486-0107

Before coming to Seattle, I was the clinical team leader of an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment center in Philadelphia. I moved to Seattle to pursue graduate training in psychotherapy and earned a Master's degree in Existential-Phenomenological Psychology from Seattle University, where I now teach undergraduate psychology courses. I spent a couple of years working as a therapist in community mental health, where I saw teenagers and adults in individual psychotherapy. In addition to practicing therapy and teaching, I am also a qualitative researcher who is involved in projects that seek to offer a better understanding of different parts of the human experience. My most recent publication explored the experience of envy.

Psychotherapy, though, has always been my primary focus and passion. I particularly enjoy working with people as they are finding their way, whether as teenagers in high school, or people later along in life who have found themselves unfulfilled, unhappy, or suffering, and are looking for new ways of being in the world. I also have a significant amount of experience helping people to work through trauma (recent or past) and unresolved issues from earlier in life.

Building a deeply respectful relationship is of paramount importance to me as a therapist. It is through this relationship that true change and healing occur. I approach this work with curiosity rather than judgment. As a therapist, I acknowledge that I have training and experience, but you, the client, are the expert on yourself. I’m here to take the journey with you, and to help you as you move through what is challenging you, or as you’re figuring out who you are, what kind of life you’d like to live, and how to make that a reality.

Throughout my education, training, and work with a wide range of clients over the years, I have become especially interested and experienced in:

  • Helping clients to work through trauma of all kinds, including childhood and sexual trauma

  • Providing care for people who are experiencing anxiety-related issues like panic attacks, trouble sleeping or concentrating, intrusive thoughts, etc.

  • Addressing identity issues and existential crises (Who am I? Where am I going? Who do I want to be? Where do I want to go?)

  • Managing academic pressure and procrastination

  • Exploring gender and sexual identity

  • Assisting with life transitions (e.g. the transition from middle to high school, high school to college, the ending or beginning of relationships, grief and loss, etc.)

  • Dealing with violence and bullying

  • Supporting people through depression and its many manifestations: isolation, lack of motivation, hopelessness, and suicidality, to name a few