While completing her bachelor's degree in psychology in Kansas City, Missouri, Jeni discovered her passion for working with adolescents through an internship at an adolescent residential treatment facility for youth with substance use disorders. In 2013, Jeni obtained a position as a field guide for a wilderness therapy program in southwest Utah, where she deepened her understanding of the incredible transformative power of nature while working with youth. Both the beauty and challenges of the natural environment itself create a foundation from which to push through discomfort in order to grow and adapt. Once back in Missouri and working in the community-based mental health field, Jeni felt the call to continue developing her clinical skills and education in order to become a marriage and family therapist.
Having finished her master's degree in marriage and family therapy in 2020, Jeni has found profound meaning in working with couples and families to help them achieve greater connection and understanding of themselves and their relationships. Jeni has approached this work with great respect for the depths of both joy and heartache that can come with introspective transformation. She has enjoyed succeeding in connecting with clients of all ages, from a diverse range of backgrounds and family constellations. Through both equine-assisted psychotherapy and wilderness therapy, Jeni has had the privilege to witness real-time shifts in perspectives and attitudes within her clients, unique to experiential modalities. As a therapist in an adolescent psychiatric residential treatment facility, Jeni found herself once again feeling the pull of the west, and yearning to incorporate the experiential modality of the wilderness into her practice.
Jeni joined the Open Sky team in February 2021 as a therapist on the Family Services Team. She was drawn to Open Sky due to its robust and inclusive family programming, which supports both the family members and students throughout their journey of discovery and change. From a person-centered, strengths-based, solution-oriented lens, Jeni strives to meet her clients where they are in order to walk forward with them through the therapeutic process. Jeni believes wholeheartedly in the fundamental ability of every human being to achieve their full potential.
In her free time, Jeni enjoys exploring Durango, gardening, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, fellowship, making art, and of course, time with her two pups, Cooper and Griffin.