Iâ€™m Jennifer Downs, MA, LPC, an experienced licensed professional counselor, workshop facilitator, past University of Colorado adjunct instructor, and graduate of the Fisher Divorce Seminars training.
I have helped hundreds of couples and individuals connect more deeply and honestly with themselves and each other.
Itâ€™s not easy to talk about whatâ€™s troubling you to someone you donâ€™t know. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to tell you about myself so you can get to know me better.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, speaker, and educator with nearly three decades of experience, I have supported hundreds of couples and individuals in their journeys to connect more deeply and honestly with themselves and each other.
Looking back, I see that my commitment to helping others expand their potential and live a full life was inspired by my work as a special education teacher. The love and courage the children showed made me passionate about the importance of finding worth and value in life, regardless of oneâ€™s circumstances. After 11 years in this field, I embarked on an in-depth exploration of the mind, body, and spirit, discovering how to replace feelings of separation, loss, depression, and anxiety with a peaceful mind and satisfying relationships.
My career as a counselor began in Colorado. In addition to my private practice, I worked as a therapist with the Boulder Employee Assistance Program and at the Jefferson Center for Mental Health in Littleton. I also served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Colorado and University of Northern Colorado, where I taught classes in communication, family dynamics, and innovative learning theory.
In 2003, I moved to Ashland, Oregon. Here, I specialize in counseling couples and individuals who want to discover their innate capacity for change and move forward to create the life they want.
My Training and Approach
I received my masterâ€™s in special education from California State University, Long Beach and my masterâ€™s in counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. My postgraduate work on marriage and family counseling was completed at the University of Denver.
Although Iâ€™ve been trained in numerous methodologies, the approach I use is based on your needs and concerns. I have received in-depth training in the following areas:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Conflict Resolution and Mediation Training (Southern Oregon University)
- Talk/Insight Therapy
- Pragmatic Experiential Therapy, Lewis & Clark College (working with couples)
- PAIRS First Relationship Training
- Bereavement/Grief Counseling, Hospice
- Hakomi Body-Centered Psychotherapy
- Imagery/Relaxation, Hypnotherapy Techniques
- Mindfulness and Psychospiritual Therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Everyone is different. I treat each of my clients as a unique individual rather than categorizing or stereotyping them. I take into consideration ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and religious differences.
I work closely with you as we address current concerns and explore specific, practical, hands-on strategies for dealing with them. Together, we can get to the core of the matter so problems donâ€™t continue reappearing.
Schedule a Session
Please contact me if you have any questions or wish to schedule a session or complimentary consultation. I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve a positive, healthy relationship with yourself and others.