In 2002 Jen took a few days off from her financial services job and headed to the Berkshires for a long weekend hoping to “Discover Her Life Purpose.” She did not find her purpose exactly as hoped; she did find the first clues that listening to her body might lead the way to the answers (which seemed totally out there at the time).
Intrigued, she left her job and spent two months in California at the Esalen Institute to explore body-centered approaches to change. While there, she was introduced to Somatic Experiencing (SE) as Dr. Peter A. Levine was teaching there at the time, and a seed was planted.
Returning home, Jen continued studies that over time included Gestalt, mind-body coaching, and many yoga disciplines. Early on in these studies she learned about the power of feeling and following bodily sensation, but while clients experienced big shifts in their lives as they applied these lessons, she had a hard time feeling much herself.
The missing pieces came when she trained in Somatic Experiencing and learned more about how accumulated stress and trauma, and early trauma in particular, impact nervous system function and all aspects of life. Jen is now passionate about nervous system education. Gracefully integrating modalities, she teaches others to reclaim their ability to feel themselves, hear what’s deeply important to them, and build a life that reflects this.