Born in Massachusetts and living her first years on the coast of Maine, Jean grew up loving the outdoors and exploring the natural world with her friends and family. Within the rich natural environment of northern New England and amongst the woods, lakes, streams, mountains, flora and fauna, her belief in the ability we have as sentient beings to be whole and healthy, living in harmony with the earth and each other was solidified becoming her guiding practice. Interested in developing a therapy practice that cultivates mindfulness and supports an approach that understands and supports our deep connection to the environment, Jean enrolled in a seminal Prescott College Master’s Degree Program, graduating in December 2009 with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology Equine Assisted Mental Health. Her graduate thesis/capstone researched the practice of nature-based therapy-Ecotherapy- as a broader type of holistic healing through reconnection to Earth and integrative healing involving an equine assisted approach. Nature-based and equine therapy have a profound impact on our bodies and brains assisting us to reduce anxiety, stress, and heal from trauma while increasing our capacity for creativity, presence, and ultimately connection with ourselves and others.
Jean offers a person-centered, intuitive approach to relational psychotherapy and incorporates her experience with eclectic training in expressive art therapies, Equine-nature-based therapy, Eriksonian Hypnosis, evidenced-based Cognitive behavioral therapy(CBT) and EMDR with a focus on complex trauma. Her approach is gentle, cooperative, and experiential, and incorporates treatment modalities such as EMDR and mindfulness and relies heavily on learning together what resources are best suited to help you in your journey. Many of us come to therapy when our exceptionally clever coping mechanisms developed over time become maladaptive and no longer serve us. As a guide, Jean is here to journey and explore together with you in the discovery of authenticity, creativity, and increased fulfillment of our greatest whole self.