Jennifer (pref: Kat) Steinmetz, MA, NCC
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I work with couples as well as individual adults of all ages. Having lived abroad, I have worked with many different cultures and races and am sensitive to and curious about your unique experiences. With individuals, I specialize working with the frustration, anxiety, and confusion of “something just feels off”; I also work with those who’ve experienced traumas. With couples, I particularly like working with partners who feel stuck, unheard, or uncertain. I am not a believer of "normal" and encourage exploration of authenticity, of what clicks for you.
Sometimes, it’s about where to start. How will you talk to this stranger, – why would you and where to even begin? I offer 15-minute phone chats so you can “pre-meet” me and get that initial edge out of the way. Since you are hiring me, why not find out if I will be a good fit for you?
My lived experiences (here and abroad; parent and partner; several professions from employee to entrepreneur to student) are important to my work. As a National Certified Counselor, I have also passed the national exam for Marriage and Family Therapy, and am completing the required supervisory hours toward licensure.
In sessions, I work with your external and internal family systems so that you can understand how critically important your voice is. Whether you want to (re)learn how to communicate; to listen better; to express your needs and feel seen; to be safely angry; to be clearly understood; to improve your relationship as partner or parent, I can work with you. Your journey is not just about finding your path and your passions but about finding your voice. I want to help you to recover a more daring, loving self – someone who is more and not less.
I look at where you have been as well as where you are going; the challenges you have faced and the ones you are facing; the moments of silent outrage, fear, or confusion. I listen to and respect all parts of you who wish to be heard. I understand trauma and its many manifestations and can be present for where you've been, where you are, and where you dream (or dream of dreaming!) of going next.
Specialties & Clinical Interests
- Chronic Illness
- Chronic Pain
- Divorce & Separation
- Domestic Abuse/Violence
- Family Conflict
- Internet/Social Media Addiction
- Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
- Pet Loss
- Pre-Marital & Marital Issues
- Sexual Abuse
- Trauma & Ptsd
- Client-Centered Therapy
- Internal Family Systems (IFS)
- Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
- People With Disabilities
- Single Parents
- Trauma Survivors