Jenny Berry received her MSW from the University of Denver in 2007. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the State of Washington. Jenny has worked with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples, as well as facilitated therapeutic skills classes.
Jenny provides counseling for ages 8 and older, as well as families & couples.
I have a strong belief that each and every person is doing the very best he or she can. When someone considers engaging in therapy, a person has reached the conclusion that there are limitations to their current knowledge, skill set, or ability to make progress in the direction they prefer their life to go. Within each client are a set of strengths that I look for to build on, and areas of difficulty that I look to support and strengthen. Often in life, we make choices that make sense at the time, and then we hold on to thoughts or behaviors longer than they are helpful to us. Therapy is the process in which to examine thoughts, behaviors, and emotions in a safe and supportive environment in order to make desired and necessary changes. I strive to provide a balance of support and challenge in order to be effective in helping clients make the changes they desire.
I use a client-centered, solution-focused approach to therapy, drawing from other evidence based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. I incorporate motivational interviewing because I believe that the client is central in the therapeutic process and maintains the capacity for growth and change. Homework assignments are given frequently to ensure that progress is experienced outside of the therapy office and will be maintained after therapy is complete. I also believe in focusing on the goal more than the problem and building on strengths that the client already possesses.
Families are asked to be active in all phases of treatment when I work with children, from the goal setting process to termination. At times, parents may be asked to attend sessions without the child present.
EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
I have been working with families and children since 2006 in a variety of settings. This has included a year of providing community-based mental health, 5 years of providing school and home-based behavior management services to developmentally delayed children and adolescents with co-occurring mental health diagnoses, and providing office-based therapy to all ages since 2013. In addition, I was a certified instructor for Right Response for 5 years, which is a method of prevention, verbal de-escalation, and emergency manual restraint.
2014 Specialized 4 day training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
2010 Certified Right Response de-escalation techniques instructor
2007 Masters of Social Work from the University of Denver
2005 BA in Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University