In addition to being a student intern, Jennifer Wong is a lifelong learner who aspires to become a therapist because of her deep admiration for the profession. At the University of Utah, she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis on family, community, and human development. Currently, she is pursuing a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy at Northcentral University, specializing in medical family therapy. Her background training as an emotional support listener allows her to communicate with individuals via online chat while listening to and supporting their experiences with anxiety, depression, life transitions, trauma, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, and marriage or relationship problems. She was there for them when they needed someone to listen with compassion. In addition, she gained experience in the emergency department, which provided her with her first exposure to healthcare. During her time there, she realized she had a particular passion for interacting with patients and their families. It became apparent that despite the fast-paced environment, it is important to her that she spends a quality amount of time getting to know them and their thoughts and feelings about their conditions. It was here that she decided to combine her passion for being a good listener at heart and her interest in healthcare by becoming a psychotherapist.
During therapy sessions, Jennifer is committed to cultivating a kind, sensitive, and judgment-free environment where clients are free to be their authentic self. Her approach to therapy focuses on helping individuals, couples, and family build skills needed in understanding the significance of emotions and how they affect relationships, creativity, performance, and physical and mental health. Her work with clients includes gaining emotional intelligence, more self-compassion, awareness and nurturing of their strengths, the ability to reflect on and process difficult situations, and the skills to build stronger relationships. She incorporates techniques from several modalities, including emotionally focused therapy, the biopsychosocial-spiritual model, cognitive behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy, and attachment-based therapy. Her goal is to meet clients where they are and work collaboratively to break unhelpful patterns and make sense of their unique challenges.
Jennifer’s long-term goal is to continue practicing at the EFT clinic when her internship has concluded. In addition to continuing to care for her clients, she will continue working towards becoming licensed as a marriage and family therapist. Outside of therapy, she enjoys spending time with her mini-golden doodle, Benny, and using her creative side to paint, blog on her mental health blog, and relaxing at a coffee shop. Her go-to self-care is meditation to calm her racing mind and heart. A cause close to Jennifer’s heart is premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), which she personally experiences. She actively raises awareness of PMDD and values staying current on new research in order to encourage other women (or their spouses) to prioritize women’s health. She hopes that by being open about her mental health it will aid in reducing the stigma attached to it and provide a positive example of how it should be normalized because even therapist have their own mental health to care for – it is what makes us as humans.
Last but not least, Jennifer commends your desire for healing and growth. As beginning therapy is a courageous act of self-love, it is essential to have the right therapist by your side. Therefore, it would be her honor to walk with you on your counseling journey!
Master’s Student in Marriage & Family Therapy: Northcentral University (National University)
Specialized in Medical Family Therapy
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Family, Community, and Human Development: University of Utah
Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy
Currently working toward Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Certification
Certificate in Integrative Behavioral Health: Utah Valley University
Certificate in Managing Emotions in Times of Uncertainty & Stress: Yale University
Completed Psychological First Aid: Johns Hopkins University
Professional Community Member of the International Association for Premenstrual Disorder (IAPMD)
Member of American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
Member of American Psychological Association
Member of International Marriage and Family Therapy Honor Society
Attachment Injury Healing
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Grief and Loss Support
Guided Imagery Trauma Clearing / Lifespan Integration
Medical Family Therapy
Mindfulness and Meditation
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
Sexual Assault and Harassment