What is Joychild Collective Healing?
We all have inner children within us wanting to experience joy. and I want to help you liberate the inner children into a state of natural joy.
Collective illudes to the diversity of the inner landscape within - the multitude of parts that make up a unique and one-of-a-kind person. I help you connect with yourself, human beings, and your inner landscape/spiritual self.
Let’s return to ourselves in a deep, personal, and transpersonal way. I believe when we reconnect with ourselves and start walking on a meaningful personal journey, it helps restore balance in the collective.
Hi, I'm Jenna
Welcome to Joychild Collective Healing! My name is Jenna, and I am a licensed Marriage and Family therapist in California (LMFT #128169). My job is to help you turn inward, safely and compassionately, to unravel the mystery of yourself and experience lasting self-transformation and fulfillment.
So often we walk through life feeling stuck, confused, and disconnected from ourselves - or worse - in a state of self criticism and rejection. Although it’s true that “the only way out is through”, that journey doesn’t have to be scary nor intimating. The word “mystery” comes from the Greek muo, which literally means “to shut one’s eyes” and “to be just under the surface”. I’ve come to believe that “just below the surface”, you have lively and vivacious parts of you that are typically eager for some attention and willing to assist you in transforming your life.
While I am confident that you have a dynamic and unique inner landscape, I also know that we tend to gather serious wounds throughout our lives. We often carry interior scar tissue with us with in painful and overwhelming emotions. We also have very creative ways of protecting ourselves and these wounds. Although these (largely unconscious) attempts to help us survive have good intentions, the results are often self-destructive. My wish is to help bring a deeper consciousness to these internal patterns, and in so doing, help all parts of you be liberated from past pain, and restore harmony in your internal landscape.
Outside of the therapy room, you might find me: in nature with my dog Cookie, practicing yoga, volunteering at a local hospice, traveling, or trying unsuccessfully to hide countless Wikipedia tabs 🤓 Some favorite topics include prehistoric religions and civilizations in the Mediterranean, and researching mystical experiences and ancient texts.
Education & Training
Licensed Marriage Family Therapist #128169
B.A. Psychology, with honors
M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy
University of San Diego
Internal Family Systems, Level 1, 2020-2021
Gottman Couples Therapy, Level 1, 2019
Center for Mind Body Medicine Facilitator Training, 2016
200-hr Yoga Teacher Training, Chandra Yoga International, Mcleod Ganj, India, 2015
Receive Holistic Healing
My approach is holistic: I address your mind, body, spirit, and story. In other words, when we work together, no part of you is left behind. I operate with an open-minded and client-centered lens. We co-lead and co-follow, as a team. My approach is curious, compassionate, and hopeful. I fully believe in your ability to heal yourself. I’m here to help you tap into that innate ability that you have within. If this sounds wistful or out-of-reach right now, you have probably come to the right place.
It is important to me that I educate myself with both the newest finding of neuroscience, and the oldest intel on the human experience I can find. The result is a perspective both modern and ancestral; to appropriately address the various layers that exist within you.
I integrate a variety of approaches for my clients, including Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), Narrative Therapy, and Bowenian Family Therapy. I am also trained in two of the most well known approaches: DBT and CBT. Most of my clients express interest in incorporating IFS, as it is one of the fastest growing modalities to date (for very good reasons!).
The Law of Love by Laura Esquivel
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
The Red Tent by Anita Diaman
Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, by Joy Harjo
Freedom, by Jaiya John
The Prophet, by Khalil Gibran
No Bad Parts by Richard Schwartz
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
The Myth of Normal by Gabor Mate (+ anything by Gabor!)
Sacred Contracts by Carolyn Myss
The Dao de Jing - there are many great translations - I love Brian Browne Walker’s
Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian Weiss
Modalities for Self Understanding
Approaches to help see yourself as a more complete and diverse being.
Astrology (I prefer Sidereal astrology)
To name a very small few within the absolute hive of individuals who inspire me:
Bayo Akomolafe, Gabor Mate, Brene Brown, Bessel Van Der Kolk, Carl Jung,
Richard Schwartz, Darcia Narvez, Philip Wolfson, my mentor Dr. Don Myers, my sister who is forever my guiding light, and my clients (past, present, and future).
"Dreamers are the saviors of the world."
How do we proceed?
If you feel we might be a good fit, reach out to me via email at email@example.com. The first step is to arrange a free 10-15 phone consultation. If you determine my services are right for you, we will complete the necessary paperwork, then get to work :)
What is your fee?
$150 for a 50- minute session. I have a limited number of sliding scale clients and student discounts, but all those spots are currently filled.
Do you take insurance?
I do not accept insurance at this time. However, many insurances offer out of network benefits for therapy. If so, I can provide you with a document you can submit to your insurance, and they may be willing to assist you with the cost. Please contact your insurance to confirm their policies.
Why don’t you take insurance?
Insurance requires that I diagnose individuals and, based on that diagnosis, they determine how many sessions they will cover. This is incompatible with my non-pathologizing approach to therapy, where I operate outside of the paradigm of diagnosis. Secondly, I feel strongly that therapy duration should be determined by the client and therapist; not by an external entity.
What is IFS?
IFS stands for Internal Family Systems Therapy. Let’s break it down. Internal indicates a focus on the internal landscape. Oftentimes, I will encourage you to close during our sessions in order for you to connect more deeply to your inner world. It is surprising how little time most of us spend with our selves! Once we start turning our focus inwards, we are usually greeted (or bombarded with!) parts of us that have been eager for our attention
IFS posits that we all have “parts” to us, usually arranged as some form of strategic (and at one time, adaptive) self protection, but also including inner children or wounded parts eager to be illuminated. We often experience these “parts” as thoughts, feelings, visions, or sensations in or around our bodies. They tend to interact with each other; and create patterns both internally and externally in our lives. This is where the “family systems” comes in. Just like a family evolves, and quite often gets “stuck”, in roles and patterns, so can our inner parts become stuck in roles that no longer serve them. I’m here to get you unstuck and create more space for your true “Self” to emerge, bringing with it a sense of inner wholeness and tranquility.
There have been some fascinating studies that indicate IFS is effective in treating somatic conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis. Link for more info here.
I received my IFS Level 1 Training in spring 2021 under the brilliant guidance of Mary Kruger, and have been primarily utilizing this modality ever since. I am scheduled to complete my Level 2 Training in autumn of 2023, and I am very much looking forward to sharing my discoveries with you!
More information on IFS can be found here: https://ifs-institute.com/
Who is a good fit?
I work with adults (age 18+) residing in California. I am an LGBTQ+-friendly therapist, and have found IFS to be a model highly compatible with outgrowing a mindset of colonization and healing from the scars of oppression.
I enjoy working with a wide range of human beings, and I recognize the attempt to find our place in the world, especially amidst pain, trauma, and confusion, comes in many different shapes and forms.
Although I am open and enthusiastic about working with a wide variety of folk, you might be particularly interested in working with me if you are interested in connecting more with yourself.
Additionally, I have specialized experience working with eating disorders, addictions, grief and loss, traumas, life transitions, spiritual seekers, and artists.
Who is NOT a good fit?
If you are grappling with consistent and severe thoughts of suicide, I am not a good fit for you during this time. One reason being I recommend you connect with an in-person therapist for more hands-on assessment and treatment. Secondly, I am a solo practitioner with limited availability.
That being said, I am not afraid of working with parts that have suicidal thoughts and impulses, but if this is an overwhelming part of your daily life, I want you to be in the hands of a more readily available provider.
What do you mean when you say “healing”?
Through direct experience, I cannot ignore the fact that when you give feelings and sensations attention, they naturally deliver necessary information and transform.
Often, the parts of us that feel the heaviest, the most rejected, the most confused, and the most hurt, offer keys to our lives that actually deliver us into wholeness and self-understanding. This is what I mean by healing.
My job is to guide you, calmly and compassionately, more deeply into yourself, so you can cultivate your own self-compassion, and understand and experience yourself in a deeper way. I have come to believe that this work does spark realizations, release feelings in the body, and provide a deep state of relief. Furthermore, I have also come to the conclusion that this also benefits our species as a whole, directly or indirectly, as it promotes a paradigm shift in how we view ourselves, our lives, and our realities.