Jennifer Garland

(MSW, LCSW)
Therapist Jennifer Garland Photo

About Me

I believe the teen years are the most challenging. It is a time of transition and not really being a child, but not really being an adult either. I have been a therapist in Missouri for twelve years. Six of those years were working with adolescents. I have served those coping with anxiety, stress, depression, substance abuse, teen parenting, and a plethora of other issues. I have extensive experience working with victims of childhood abuse and trauma. Another area of focus in my career has been adolescent substance abuse.

I bring a strength based perspective to all situations. I believe that everyone has strengths they can draw upon to work through life's challenges and hardships. My therapeutic approach is a mixture of cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and integrative therapies. Everyone is unique and therapy sessions must be individualized as well. Sometimes I feel teens just need to be heard and their thoughts validated.

Parenting is tough, acknowledging your child needs help can be hard. Reaching out for help is admirable and no easy task. I'm glad you have taken that first step and I look forward to meeting your teen.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Parenting issues
Also experienced in:
Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coping with life changes , ADHD , Adoption and Foster Care , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Body Image , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 12

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #2007007218 (Expires: 2022-09-30)


Reviews

Written by B.A. on Oct 26, 2021 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 weeks

Jennifer is a deftly skilled and authentic clinician. Our first session was amazing. I am relieved and deeply grateful.

Written by A.L. on Oct 24, 2021 after therapy with Jennifer for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, grief, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Jennifer has been great to work with. She is accommodating and respectful. I always feel heard when working with Jennifer and she is great at helping me identify strategies/goals to address the things I am trying to work through

Written by D.I. on Oct 24, 2021 after therapy with Jennifer for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd

My experience with Jennifer, so far, has been incredible. I really feel heard by her and even though I’m sure I can be a bit of a whirlwind, she’s easily able to adapt, which is hard to find. I also feel completely safe with her, free from judgement, and able to share anything I want.
I look forward to working with her far into the future.

Written by K.A. on Oct 23, 2021 after therapy with Jennifer for 4 weeks on issues concerning parenting issues, and adhd

She is lovely and understanding Person who takes time and notes :)

Written by T.E. on Oct 18, 2021 after therapy with Jennifer for 9 months on issues concerning depression, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Finding someone that fits can be difficult, from the first session through the second and third she openly asked me how things were going and if I felt comfortable. I got lucky, and felt comfortable speaking with her from the first session. She’s approachable and easy to converse with. I’m early in the process and I recognize I have things to work out, but What I can say is that I’m super confident Jennifer can help me get there. The rest is on me…

Written by A.N. on Sep 13, 2021 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, parenting issues, and coping with life changes

Jennifer has been amazing. She is my second match (my first was terrible and unprofessional) and I am so pleased. She is kind and understanding and down to earth.

Written by A.N. on Aug 14, 2021 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 years on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd

She is a gifted counselor.

Written by E.W. on Aug 05, 2021 after therapy with Jennifer for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

Jennifer is my first therapist and so far, the best. It’s extremely easy to speak to her, I felt a instant connection and ease when it came to speaking.

Written by D.A. on Aug 03, 2021 after therapy with Jennifer for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Jennifer Garland has helped change my life!

Written by S.A. on Jun 18, 2021 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 months on issues concerning relationship

Jennifer is an amazingly empathetic, encouraging, and light-hearted person who has transformed our relationship and our lives in such a short period of time. We are so grateful for her ability to walk us through conflicts and difficult emotions while keeping us grounded in our desires of finding effective solutions. We can’t thank you enough for helping us get this far, Jennifer!

Written by T.A. on Jun 11, 2021 after therapy with Jennifer for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, and self esteem

Jen is amazing. She takes the time to fully listen to you and provides feedback in a way where it doesn’t feel like you’re applying CBT techniques but it’s happening in the background. 10/10

Written by A.M. on Jun 05, 2021 after therapy with Jennifer for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Jennifer is outstanding, I have been with her for over a year, and she has helped me in more ways than one! I am happier, and she gave me the tools I need to get through the tough times in my life.

Written by E.L. on May 21, 2021 after therapy with Jennifer for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts

Jennifer has been my counsellor on and of since 2019. She had helped me with many things from leaving an abusive relationship, coping with an alcoholic parent, overcoming anxiety and depression and also ways to maintain personal self care. She has enabled me to learn about myself, why I think, behave the way I do and to become more confident in who I am as a person and what I expect and want from life. Jennifer is always so supportive and reassuring, whenever I need to reach out or check in with her again for that reassurance she is always there.

I definitely recommend Jennifer in her skills, approaches and her overall strong and amazing personality. She has helped me a lot in my life.

Written by S.A. on May 18, 2021 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Jennifer has been brilliant and helpful to help me get through my reason experience with a violent crime that was committed against me.

She is understanding of sensitivities and easy to talk with.

Highly recommended!

Written by G.I. on May 13, 2021 after therapy with Jennifer for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and anger management

She’s amazing

Written by M.A. on May 06, 2021 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 months

Jennifer is wonderful and so easy to open up to. You can tell how much she cares for her patients.

Written by N.A. on May 04, 2021 after therapy with Jennifer for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Thank you so much you are amazing

Written by C.R. on Apr 10, 2021 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 months

Jennifer is awesome!

Written by T.R. on Apr 08, 2021 after therapy with Jennifer for 1 year and 8 months on issues concerning relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, anger management, and coping with life changes

Jennifer always listens attentively and interjects with great recommendations and shares resources and materials that have helped me constantly. I' have really enjoyed our sessions and feel that they've helped me to move forward.

Written by K.A. on Mar 02, 2021 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Jennifer is great! She not only listens to what I am saying but helps me figure out better was I can improve me. She is patient when it takes me a little bit longer to complete something and will answer any question I have.

Written by J.E. on Feb 18, 2021 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and adhd

Jennifer listens to me and just three months into counseling, I am seeing improvements in my life. I am grateful for her help and support and she is fun to talk to. Her expertise is evident in the advice she gives, and she is able to listen to my problems and then reframe them to get me to see them in a new light, which then leads to new growth and new ways of thinking through my problems. I have recommended this service to others as well because this has been so valuable for me. I have tried therapy before in person several years ago but I felt judged by the therapist so it was ultimately unsuccessful. My experience with Jennifer has been excellent. She doesn't judge me, but genuinely wants to (and does!) help me with my problems.

Written by J.E. on Feb 08, 2021 after therapy with Jennifer for 9 months on issues concerning addictions, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Jennifer is amazing. She has become so precious to me and really helps me work through things. My confidence has soared since working with her!

Written by A.N. on Feb 08, 2021 after therapy with Jennifer for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Jennifer is a fantastic counsellor and has helped me through numerous issues and continues to do so. Her guidance and expertise has made a huge impact on my life. And I will always be greatful to her.

Written by M.I. on Feb 06, 2021 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

She is amazing!!! I could be zooming through a million thoughts and she knows how to get to the root of the problem to help me work through it.

Written by Y.A. on Jan 30, 2021 after therapy with Jennifer for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and compassion fatigue

Jennifer is a amazing person to talk too. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking into getting help. She has helped me with many concerns and has made each day easier to be happyer with myself. She has helped me move forward on takling my ocd and has made it possible for me to live my life again. Jennifer is very esay to talk with and always has encouragement and advice to give. With this I would highly recommend her.

Written by S.T. on Jan 29, 2021 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

Jennifer is really great! It took me a while to find a good fit and feel very happy I finally did. I feel she really listens to me and helps me with her advice. Our sessions are very helpful and something I look forward to. She cares and that shows. Definitely would recommend.

Written by R.O. on Oct 07, 2020 after therapy with Jennifer for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

Jenifer was there from day one over a year ago. but becasue of financial issues and marital issues i had to stop. as soon i came back to teen counseling i found Jenifer again and she replied fast and i will reccomend Jenifer.

i have also mentioned to my childs friends mom that she should try teen counseling as it helped me then.

Written by B.H. on Sep 26, 2020 after therapy with Jennifer for 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and parenting issues

Just the best person to speak to

Written by M.A. on Sep 19, 2020 after therapy with Jennifer for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Jenn is absolutely incredible. Patient, fantastic listening skills, compassionate, empathetic. I would recommend her to anyone.

Written by C.H. on Sep 17, 2020 after therapy with Jennifer for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

The first good fit I’ve ever had. Couldn't recommend her highly enough.

Written by L.E. on Aug 23, 2020 after therapy with Jennifer for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Jennifer is very kind and I enjoy our conversations. I do feel she listens and ends all our sessions with some take home work which is helpful as it brings up things I would like to work on or talk about in our future sessions.

Written by R.E. on Aug 13, 2020 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and adhd

Very helpful! Techniques that weren't useful for me she understood. I wasn't able to think of how to apply the techniques so she helped so I could try it. If it didn't work she's given me a new technique to try

Written by K.R. on Jul 22, 2020 after therapy with Jennifer for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, parenting issues, and self esteem

Thank you for the insightful feedback and positive support :)

Written by S.H. on Jun 28, 2020 after therapy with Jennifer for 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Jennifer has been a Godsend for me! I have gone through the hardest year of my life and she has been there every step of the way and has kept my spirits up and kept me fighting! She is kind and caring and offers great tools to help me cope through the bad days. She makes herself available day and night! I don’t know how I would have ever made it without her!

Written by Z.E. on Jun 16, 2020 after therapy with Jennifer for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Joining teen counseling was probably one of the best things I've done in years. It is my first time to reach out for professional counselling and Jennifer has been absolutely fantastic! I feel like she has known me my entire life even though we've only had a couple of sessions and less than a month of therapy. I feel really comfortable talking to her and I can share everything I want without feeling that I am judged. More importantly, I can tell that she is trying to help me and guide me as much as she can. Thank you, Jennifer! :)

Written by M.A. on May 27, 2020 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and self esteem

Jennifer has helped me massively. She listens amazingly and really helps you understand the problems your having without blaming you for them. She’s excellent as what she does and a brilliant therapist.

Written by C.E. on May 22, 2020 after therapy with Jennifer for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

Jennifer is a great counselor.

Written by M.O. on May 22, 2020 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and adhd

Jennifer really listens to what I'm saying and always finds a way to comfort me and help me solve my problems.

Written by R.U. on May 21, 2020 after therapy with Jennifer for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

I once told Jennifer she was a genius. Of course, being a modest and kind person, she denied this, but it is absolutely true. The way she is able to listen, understand, empathise with and support someone thousands of miles and several time zones away is truly amazing. I am a work in progress and Jennifer is a huge help.

Written by J.A. on May 02, 2020 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Jennifer is amazing. She really listens and cares about my problems. I've been to counsellors in the past who didn't really understand my root problems, but she actively helps and offers solutions that I can apply right away. She has helped me a lot with my healing and I highly recommend booking a session with her.

Written by M.E. on Apr 29, 2020 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 months

Thank you Jennifer! I appreciate the clarity you have helped me achieve.

Written by K.I. on Apr 16, 2020 after therapy with Jennifer for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd

Jennifer is so helpful and supportive. She’s been very accommodating of my schedule, even from a distant time zone, and is always responsive. It’s been great working with her to find commitments and strategies that work for me, especially during this very transitional time.

Written by C.R. on Mar 27, 2020 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 months

Jennifer has been such a great help for my life. She created a space where I could be transparent and honest without feeling judged. Her insight and advice have marked my life forever. In the moments where I felt my lowest she always gave me hope and uplifted my mood.

Written by T.I. on Mar 26, 2020 after therapy with Jennifer for 6 months

Jennifer has been a remarkable help to me!

Written by N.I. on Feb 28, 2020 after therapy with Jennifer for 6 months

Jennifer helped strengthen my faith and my death anxiety has massively improved. She's got a very warm and compassionate approach, I can feel her love all the way here in the UK. I don't hesitate to discuss spiritual issues with Jennifer.

Written by N.I. on Feb 10, 2020 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Jennifer is very kind and actively listens to the troubles that one is experiencing.

Written by K.E. on Feb 06, 2020 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues

Jennifer is a great listener, I feel she takes time to reflect on my messages and in our chats. She replies with insightful comments and good questions. I enjoyed her assistant in helping me walk through a difficult situation.

Written by R.U. on Dec 31, 2019 after therapy with Jennifer for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd

Jennifer has been a wonderful support for me this year. She has been a kind and supportive counsellor and very accommodating to me when I need to change session times. She has really helped me with giving new perspective on old problems. I would recommend her to everyone. Thank you so much Jennifer for your support!

Written by S.H. on Nov 07, 2019 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 months

Jennifer is amazing. Very helpful and down to earth. Yes, I would definitely recommend her.

Written by O.B. on Oct 25, 2019 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and relationship issues

Jennifer's extremely nice and funny, and listens to my problems then suggests a different way of looking at it which is often very eye opening. This is my first time going for therapy so I was nervous at first, but i'm definitely not disappointed.

Written by B.R. on Oct 14, 2019 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Jennifer is a very kind and happy person! She always knows how to make me see my situation in a more reasonable way! She gives practical advice on how to meet my individual goals. She’s lovely to chat with and takes the time to get to know you and your concerns! :)

Written by W.A. on Sep 16, 2019 after therapy with Jennifer for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, and self esteem

Jennifer has been a great help to me and truly gave me great advice to fix my relationship.

Written by N.A. on Sep 04, 2019 after therapy with Jennifer for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, and coping with life changes

Jennifer was incredibly helpful. She listened to my situation and really put thing into perspective to help clear things up.

Written by L.I. on Aug 27, 2019 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, anger management, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Jen has been an amazing counseling experience. She is genuinely caring and I have found her very easy to open up to and feel comfortable with. Gives great feedback and responds quickly.

Written by D.O. on Aug 21, 2019 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

When I signed up for teen counseling and first 'met' Jennifer, I was in a very bad state. She has shown me numerous ways to teen counseling my confidence and to become a much happier more mentally balanced person.

Written by M.I. on Aug 21, 2019 after therapy with Jennifer for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Jennifer has made me feel very comfortable, both in sending messages and talking on video. She's helping me work on strategies I can transfer into my life to deal with previous trauma and anxiety. Highly recommended :-)

Written by H.E. on Aug 04, 2019 after therapy with Jennifer for 1 week on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and compassion fatigue

Jennifer was so easy to open up to. She is caring, understanding and funny. She made it easy to feel comfortable to talk to her. I look forward to continuing with her and am confident that she will be able to help me be more confident in myself and assertive with others. She is a good person to work with!

Written by P.A. on Jul 30, 2019 after therapy with Jennifer for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

Jennifer Garland has been helping me in various ways. She makes me feel like there is someone that is ready to listen to my issues.