My name is Jennifer Bartlett, and I am excited to return to Anthology Counseling and Wellness! I am an Alabama native but have called Houston home for several years. I received my Bachelors of Science in Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and relocated to Houston after joining Teach for America. My career began as a middle school science teacher, where I worked in both the Alief and Houston Independent School Districts. While teaching I was given the opportunity to work closely with students and families in a variety of capacities, which ignited a passion for counseling. I then transitioned into a role with an education non-profit that provided high-quality apprenticeships and enrichment to middle school students during after-school hours. This experience highlighted the importance of connection and genuine relationships and demonstrated the powerful change that can take place when an individual is given the space and tools to work toward personal and community goals.
This work furthered my interest in the mental health field and motivated me to complete a Master’s of Education in Counseling at the University of St. Thomas. During graduate training, I worked with both adolescents and adults in community, residential and private practice settings, including completing a five-month practicum at Anthology Counseling and Wellness. Upon graduation, I moved to New York City where I gained experience at a residential facility in East Harlem, aimed at supporting adults who have a history of homelessness and a mental illness diagnosis. I worked directly with individuals diagnosed with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, survivors of trauma and individuals living with chronic illnesses, among other issues, and was able to work collaboratively with clients and a network of community providers to support individuals in maintaining mental and emotional stability, accessing needed resources, navigating tumultuous relationships and working towards goals of personal advancement.
I am passionate about women’s issues – both in out and of the mental health field – and am especially interested in working with young adult and millennial women attempting to navigate the unique social pressures and challenges associated with this life stage. I am also eager to partner with clients on issues such as finding balance in your personal and professional life, establishing boundaries within relationships, developing healthy self-care practices and identity development, among other areas. My collection of experiences plus post-graduate training in integrative trauma care, trauma informed practices and years of working directly with adults who have experienced a variety of traumas (including sexual abuse, medical trauma, domestic violence, etc.) have given me a passion for working with victims of such trauma, and I am committed to helping those affected by trauma to feel empowered and begin to heal. I also have a strong appreciation and interest in the mind-body connection and plan to continue to deepen my knowledge of holistic treatment modalities. I also have post-graduate training in the areas of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, multicultural issues and practices within counseling, integrative trauma treatment, working with justice-involved clients and mental health first aid, among others topics.
I am available for daytime, evening and limited weekend appointments upon request. I will also offer sliding scale appointments on a case by case basis.