Jennifer Hanks, ACMHC
Jennifer has a strong compassion for the pains and joys of the human experience and has a firm belief in the human ability to effect change. Jennifer was raised in Northern Utah where she developed a love for the outdoors. Early on, Jennifer found an affinity for psychology and the study of the human brain which led to her enrollment at Weber State University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Neuroscience. Throughout her undergraduate career, Jennifer participated in extracurricular activities including teaching adolescents about the development of the brain. Having a love for neuroscience and wanting to deepen her understanding of the connection between the brain and behavior, Jennifer went on to attend the reputable Westminster College studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Jennifer has specific training in psychodynamic, CBT, DBT, Seeking Safety, LGBTQ issues and Attachment theories.
During graduate school, Jennifer began to work with diverse populations including LGTBQ, refugees, and volunteering with families struggling with grief and loss. Jennifer clinically had the opportunity to work with several different populations including work with individuals and families in an outpatient setting, she then began to work in residential treatment. Since then, she has also worked in hospital settings and with clients who struggle with addiction and recovery issues. In coming to New Haven, Jennifer is excited to return to the residential environment where she feels most at home, working with adolescents and their families. Jennifer has experience working with Depression, Anxiety, Attachment issues, Grief and Loss, LGBTQI issues, Behavioral and Substance Addictions, Oppositional Defiance, Conduct Disorder, Eating Disorders and different personality traits.
In her free time, Jennifer continues to enjoy spending time outdoors hiking, climbing, fishing, boating, or just sitting on a beach enjoying a good book.