Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Rickard.
Jennifer, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have always been interested in people. I forget facts very easily and was never any good at Trivial Pursuit. But I rarely forget a person’s story. Thus, becoming a psychotherapist was a natural fit. I originally studied Cultural Anthropology in undergraduate school and planned to go on to the Peace Corps to provide support in communities around the globe. However, I took a small detour. After studying with a variety of spiritual teachers, healers and alternative health practitioners, I learned the importance of health and wellness from a systemic and holistic lens. I turned my passion for culture, advocacy and wellness into my career as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
After working in a variety of non-profit and hospital settings throughout San Diego, I gained awareness of the reciprocal relationship between individuals and communities. A community that empowers individuals strengthens itself as a whole; a community that promotes healing for others heals itself. Therefore, it became my vision to connect individuals, families, and communities in mutually supportive relationships that foster health and well-being for all.
When I opened my private practice in Hillcrest five years ago, I wanted to continue to foster individual and collective community health. Working from a holistic lens, I guide clients to foster wellness from a systemic framework: physical, emotional, social, familial, cultural, communal and institutional.
Exploring one’s identity within the contexts of these systems is a foundational aspect of my approach. Who are you in regards to culture, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion/spirituality, ability, values, and morals? How do you want to express yourself in your relationships and in your community? How do you honor both yourself and others? Whether working individually or with a couple or family, my goal is to empower you to BE your authentic self and to create healthy and supportive relationships that allow each person to SHINE.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Life inevitably has its twists and turns. It is my view that it is through our lived experiences that we gain our strength and wisdom. I truly value my own journey that has led me to exactly where I am today. I have learned, laughed, cried and grown along the way.
As a business owner and psychotherapist in private practice, my current challenge is practicing what I preach. Like many of my clients, I find myself having to negotiate on a daily basis the conflicting demands on my time. I love what I do, so I can easily find myself spending more time at my office. However, work/life balance is incredibly important for our overall health and wellbeing. I know this. I educate others about the importance of self-care on a daily basis. Luckily, my friends and family also have this value and provide gentle reminders when I need to slow down and find my balance again. So, this morning, I walked over to the meditation center and sat myself down on the cushion to breath for a moment.
Jennifer Rickard, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
As a marriage and family therapist, I have a strong conviction in the healing power of healthy relationships. Connecting to your authentic self and fostering wellness in all relationships in your life is a primary focus of my work. I provide individual, couple and family psychotherapy for youth and adults and utilize collaborative conversations, somatic awareness, meditation and mindfulness practices, movement, art, EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy and other holistic modalities to facilitate the growth and change you seek. My mission is to help you create your full personal and relational potential.
In my practice, I specialize in trauma, PTSD, EMDR, relational and couple issues, LGBTQ+ and Gender Therapy, health and wellness, mindfulness practices, anxiety and stress management.
As a clinical supervisor, I have the pleasure to supervise Alejandra Chayet, M.A., APCC in my private practice. Alejandra is working toward her doctoral degree in human sexuality and brings a wonderful strength in sexual health to the office. She focuses on issues related to sexual identity, performance, orgasm difficulties, painful intercourse, pregnancy, postpartum, infertility issues, sexual trauma and the interplay of religion/spirituality and sex. She is bilingual in English/Spanish.
I am most proud of my community advocacy work. It is the foundation of who I am. I have been providing consultations and trainings in the community on gender and sexual diversity for over 25 years. It is my passion to foster safe and affirming communities for LGBTQ+ youth and adults. As a gender therapist, I have specialized training and experience in working with the Transgender and Non-binary community and assisting in navigating gender identity and the transition process. Come check out my table at the upcoming Trans Pride in Balboa Park this July 13th!
What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
Health and wellbeing is the backbone of my personal life practice and is an ongoing pursuit of my growth and learning. I do not ask clients to engage in treatment modalities I have not practiced myself, and I continually collaborate with other professionals in the health and wellness community.
The exploration of the mind-body connection and various healing modalities within both my personal and professional life have provided me with an in-depth understanding of the interplay between physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health and happiness.
- Initial phone consultation: 15 minutes–FREE
- Individual, Couple or Family Therapy (60-minute sessions): Jennifer Rickard, LMFT- $150
- Individual, Couple or Family Therapy (60-minute sessions): Alejandra Chayet, APCC- $90
- Address: 2729 4th Avenue, Suite 3, San Diego, CA 92103
- Website: JenniferRickardMFT.com
- Phone: 619-961-5058
- Email: Jennifer@jenniferrickardmft.com
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