Jennifer Sousa, LMFT #83546, LPCC #729

Cognitive Behavioral Therapist

Jennifer Sousa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor with over 11 years of experience working in various positions, including for a nonprofit organization, home based outpatient services, and inpatient treatment.  Through these positions, she has gained experience working with both adolescents and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, life transitions, interpersonal issues, and stress in a caring and compassionate manner. Over the past two years, Jennifer has also worked with clients in both an inpatient and outpatient setting struggling with eating disorders utilizing a Health at Every Size (HAES) approach and cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapy interventions in support of their recovery.  She is passionate about empowering clients to achieve their goals within a collaborative therapeutic relationship.

Jennifer earned her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Boston College in 2008 and gained experience working with families experiencing homelessness through her internship at Boston Health Care for the Homeless. Her work through a nonprofit organization, further enhanced her commitment to social justice and cultivated a client centered, strengths based, and solution focused approach.  Jennifer is also committed to utilizing evidence-based interventions to ensure clients are given tools that have been shown to be effective.

In her free time, she enjoys being in nature, traveling, and spending time with loved ones.

Location

  • Palo Alto
  • San Jose

Ages

  • Adults (18+ years)
  • Teens (14-17 years)

Type of Therapy

  • Individual

Concerns

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Body Image
  • Depression
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Insomnia
  • LGBTQIA+, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
  • Life Transitions
  • Panic Attacks
  • Phobias
  • Relationships/Communication
  • Social Anxiety/Phobia
  • Stress
  • Trauma

Special Interests

  • Eating and Food Issues

Experience 11+ years

What is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)?

Marriage and Family Therapists are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy with a family systems influence, and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders that affect individuals, couples, and families. The Federal government has designated marriage and family therapy as a core mental health profession along with psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing. The State of California support and regulate the profession by licensing MFTs.

Educational requirements

Marriage and Family Therapists have graduate training (either a masters or doctoral degree) in counseling psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. Prior to a rigorous exam process leading to licensure, LMFTs must complete at least 3,000 hours of post-graduate clinical experience under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional. LMFTs are employed in a variety of private and public settings including private practice, community mental health centers, and behavioral managed care organizations.

Do LMFTs only work with clients who are having problems in their marriages and families?

No. While LMFTs are qualified to do couples and family therapy, most LMFTs work with individual adults to not only enhance the quality of their relationships, but also decrease symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress.

How can a LMFT help me?

Like other mental health professionals such as social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists, LMFTs help clients by diagnosing and treating common emotional and behavioral difficulties that interfere with functioning at an optimal level. LMFTs use empirical-supported counseling techniques to help their clients achieve desired goals.

What is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)?

Professional counselor education and training standards for licensure are on par with marriage and family therapists and clinical social workers, the other two master’s level mental health providers in the state. Requirements for California’s Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCCs) include:

  • Possession of a 60-unit master’s or doctoral degree in counseling, or a closely related degree, from a regionally
    accredited or “approved” institution of higher education that includes certain core content areas
  • Completion of a minimum of 3,000 hours of post-master’s supervised clinical experience, performed over two years, and continuing education hours for renewal
  • Passage of the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) and a California Law & Ethics Exam
  • Adherence to a strict Code of Ethics and recognized standards of practice, as regulated by California’s Board of Behavioral Sciences

How can a LPCC help me?

Like other mental health professionals such as social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, LMFTs, LPCC’s help clients by diagnosing and treating common emotional and behavioral difficulties that interfere with functioning at an optimal level. LPCC’s use empirical-supported counseling techniques to help their clients achieve desired goals.