Jenny’s first education was found amongst the deciduous forests of the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina. The endless exploration from under river rocks to the canopy of tangled branches fueled her curiosity. Her formal education took her from the familiar Blue Ridge Mountains to the novel and massive Rocky Mountains along Colorado Plateau. There, she began working towards a BA in History from the University of Colorado in Boulder while also working for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) during summers off from college. Fascinated with the Colorado Plateau, she spent time exploring the silty rivers, deep canyons, and alpine country when not working or studying.
Jenny became more curious about human choice and the psychology behind it after completing her BA in History in 2003. She also noticed the profound effect that wilderness had on mental health for herself and the students she engaged with at NOLS. In 2005, she began working in wilderness therapy and this confirmed her desire to get an MS in Mental Health Counseling. Jenny, along with her husband, moved to Montana where she completed her graduate degree at Montana State University in 2012. When not in school, she worked for outdoor organizations leading wilderness-based trips for teenagers in the Northern Rockies and Hawaii and taught snowboarding.
Jenny’s career as a licensed counselor continues to satisfy her endless interest in the human experience. She engages in both cognitive and experiential therapies that work to address trauma. She is a certified Internal Family Systems therapist and assists teaching this therapy model to other therapists in the US, Australia, and New Zealand. With an adjacent career as an outdoor guide, Jenny finds herself working with clients that have a connection to wilderness. She has worked with many first responders, outdoor guides, and people who have survived serious accidents in outdoor pursuits such as avalanche survivors. Also specializing in family systems, Jenny enjoys the unique complexities that each family or couple brings to therapy.
Although enjoyable, work is only one aspect of Jenny’s life. She loves being outside and exploring - whether that’s taking months-long river trips, exploring the local canyons, long distance swimming, or snowboarding fields of deep, powdery snow. Jenny’s favorite adventure partners, her husband and dog, are always alongside. Reading a book next to a warm fireplace is her favorite way to end the day.