AMFT # 110372
I'm a mother, partner, artist, mover, forever student, yogi, grief, depression and anxiety survivor. I value connection, respect, inner reflection, playfulness, collaboration, and creating a life of honesty and purpose.
Jennifer J.D. Villena
I pronounce my last name "Vill- Yena" and use she/ her pronouns.
I have a holistic approach: I focus on all dimensions of your experience — cognitive, creative, energetic, physical, emotional, and spiritual.
In our work, I utilize Person-Centered, Relational, Attachment Styles, Cognitive Behavioral, and Psychodynamic therapies as foundations to help facilitate insight into your experience, while using expressive arts and mindfulness exercises to support the process.
As a minority, I understand the social and generational issues involved with being a minority in the United States. I am eager to help those with difficulty finding their place and voice using expressive arts therapy to express emotions and promote education towards understanding.
I am aware of the stigma involved in seeking mental health assistance and strive to educate on the importance of attaining quality mental health care in diverse communities. I want to provide support towards overall all mental, emotional, social balance, and health. I believe I can bring a unique set of knowledge and experience and gain a wealth of experience working with you. I am your witness, mentor, coach, and companion along your exploration. My highest priority is to remind you; you are not alone.
Through my creative self-exploration and therapy I was able to embrace the beauty and challenges of being a girl, woman, partner, and mother; and accept my childhood and adolescent experiences as an American-Filipina.
I was born in the midwest from immigrant parents and lived most of my life in the bay area; as I matured, I found myself lost in different cultures as I struggled to form an identity of my own. I grew up looking different and feeling different. I have a large scar on my face and struggled with my appearance and self-esteem issues.
Art, movement and mindfulness played a vital role in helping me to get in touch with my feelings and emotions, gain confidence, and self-acceptance. It became essential for me to help others who also struggle to express themselves, gain self-understanding, to develop their own identities and help them to accept themselves just as they are.
As a mother, I strongly feel mental, physical health treatment should be aligned and widely accepted. I understand the importance of access to care, education, family, and child development. I live to be an advocate for teens with mental health concerns, helping to promote and improve their needs, especially in mindfulness and expressive arts.
I hope to introduce expressive arts therapy to teens, adults, and older adults, to enrich mind-body dialog, connection and awareness.
Masters in Counseling Psychology - Expressive Arts, John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, CA
200-Hour Teacher Training, YogaWorks, Walnut Creek, CA
Bachelors in Arts, Business Management, Saint Marys College of California, Moraga, CA
Associate Marriage Family Therapist/Program Manager, Institute of Mindful Therapy Walnut Creek, CA
Expressive Arts Therapist, Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center, Martinez, CA
MFT Trainee, Contra Costa County Older Adults Mental Health, Concord, CA
Children's Yoga Instructor, Walnut Country Clubhouse, Concord, CA
Children's Yoga Instructor, Rail Road Book Depot, City of Pittsburgh, CA
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists - CAMFT
East Bay California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists - EBCAMFT
International Expressive Arts Therapy Association - IEATA
Northern California Art Therapy Association - Nor Cata