Jennifer Stridh, MS, AMFT
“A healer is not someone who heals you.
A healer is someone who holds space for you while you awaken your inner healer,
So that you may heal yourself” ~ Maryam Hasnaa
Firstly, let’s take a moment to acknowledge that seeking out a therapist is a deeply personal and vulnerable task- whatever brings you here is perfectly okay and uniquely part of your own journey towards growth and resilience. That said, I believe that challenges, pain and stuck points are opportunities for us to pause, learn and re-assemble.
It seems it is often difficult to understand our experiences and what they mean until we gain more altitude, and look down with a clearer, broader view.
My own journey as a therapist was not a linear path. I spent my formative years as a classically-trained singer, performer and music teacher. During those years I often wondered about the psychological backdrop of my own experiences. I eventually decided to pursue my graduate training in psychotherapy and the healings arts to understand the “self & other”- how relationships impact us and shape our experiences. I believe some of the most meaningful change happens in the context of relationships, and no matter how we look at it, we are constantly in relationship to something or someone.
I studied mindfulness-based approaches in depth during my graduate internship at Northwestern University. On the most fundamental basis, I believe mindfulness is at the heart of awareness, and awareness is at the heart of living consciously. I think of mindfulness as the framework for “living on purpose”.
My goals as a therapist are to connect with people, honoring their own experiences, stories, backgrounds and needs. I see my role in therapy as helping my clients discover and strengthen their own abilities and supporting them in the process of creating and defining the life they most like to live.
We do so by exploring new skills, behaviors, perspectives, insights and narratives together, without judgement. My personal values focus on an openness to more than one truth, the ability within each individual and family to heal, adapt and grow, and the merit of self-compassion and self-awareness. I am most passionate about working with individuals and couples who would like to improve their relationships, and form more adaptive and fulfilling relationships to their own emotions, thoughts, beliefs and environments.
I believe the process of doing so is just as valuable as the goal itself. Above all, I believe in humor, sincerity, and acceptance.
I have specialized training with and work with the following topics:
- Emotion Regulation & Management
- Chronic Negative Thinking & Anxiety
- Grief & Loss
- Sexual & Gender Identity
- Pre-marital Counseling
- Relationship, Interpersonal & Family Issues
- LGBTQA+ Affirming Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) & Radically-Open DBT