Jamie is known for her ability to be both direct as well as warm and accepting. She is passionate about working with teens and helping them feel seen, heard and understood. She also believes that life without laughter is a tragic life and uses her sense of humor to connect with others. She is always wanting to learn about others, and has been said to have a well tuned listening ear.
Jamie earned her undergraduate degree in English at Brigham Young University. She later went on to receive her Masters degree in Marriage and Family therapy at Antioch University in Seattle. Prior to coming to New Haven she had the chance to work with a diverse group of kids, teens, couples and families from various backgrounds and walks of life. She spent a lot of time working with more marginalized populations including becoming an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. It was in these jobs that she discovered her love for working with teens and their families. Jamie specializes in family systems work, mood disorders, LGBTQ+, identity work, and internalized oppression. She practices culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed therapy and enjoys implementing principles from DBT, solution focused brief therapy and narrative therapy. She has had additional experience in couples relationship training, and loves doing relational and attachment work of all kinds.
Jamie believes that true healing comes from self-acceptance and through building authentic, meaningful relationships and connections with others. Her daily mantra comes from renowned therapist Irvin Yalom, and states “It is the relationship that heals.”
Although you can’t name Jamie as “outdoorsy,” she enjoys water activities and hiking. She also loves music and can be found singing loudly in the car with pride. Other interests include watching baking shows and attempting to replicate the recipes, reading and writing short fiction, and spending lots of time with family, friends, and her mischievous cat.