ABOUT JENNIFER JACKSON
MFT INTERN AND CERTIFIED TAPPING PRACTITIONER
Over the past decade, I have gradually made my way toward becoming a relationship therapist.
2011 was a turning point for me. While I loved my work as a Waldorf class teacher, I realized the way I was approaching my work and life was unsustainable. After almost three decades of severe, chronic insomnia and no sense of work-life balance, I was developing chronic back pain, digestive issues, and my second marriage was in trouble. It was time for a change!
I left full-time teaching, opened a private piano studio, and began a journey of deep healing. In 2012 I found an energy-psychology technique called “Tapping,” which was the first remedy to dramatically shift my anxiety-related insomnia – and, believe me, I thought I had tried everything! (Now in my fifties, I sleep better than I did in my teens, twenties, and thirties!) This was such a miracle for me that I quickly became a certified tapping practitioner and began helping others release anxiety, trauma, and other stress-related issues.
Over the years I noticed my work was highly effective for people who were happily single or in supportive relationships, but much less effective for people who were in distressed relationships. While I could usually help people feel better in session, we made little progress resolving issues if a distressed relationship was a strong contributing factor. Given the vast numbers of people in distressed relationships, I realized it was time to expand my toolbox!
In January 2022 I began working toward an M.S.in Marriage and Family Therapy at Capella University. In my second quarter I read about Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and the proverbial light bulb went off in my head. In just a few paragraphs I suddenly understood why couple therapy in my first marriage had ended in divorce and couple therapy in my second marriage had permanently deepened our relationship: the first therapist had focused only on symptoms, while the second therapist went straight to the heart of the matter – the attachment bond. As testimony, after completing therapy in 2012, our 23-year relationship is stronger today than it has ever been.
I immediately enrolled in the EFT Externship in July 2022 and began EFT Core Skills Training in December 2022. The more I learn about EFT, the more passionate I become, and the more I know this is my path.
I know what it is like to be in a distressed relationship. I know what it is like to go through both ineffective and effective couple therapy. And, best of all, I now know what it is like to experience a deeply secure, intimate, satisfying long-term relationship. I believe that helping people move from that distressed place into trust, intimacy, and security is what I am called to do in this life. I am thrilled to be working with Rachel at RCC Colorado and I look forward to helping you and your partner/family restore and deepen the connection you have been yearning for.
RELEVANT EDUCATION AND TRAINING
- BA in Music Education – Yale University, 1990
- MS in Marriage and Family Therapy – Capella University – Expected graduation: March, 2024
- EFT/Tapping Certification – EFT Universe, 2013
- Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship: July, 2022
- Emotionally Focused Therapy Core Skills: December, 2022 – April, 2023
- AAMFT: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
- ICEEFT: The International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
- BCEFT: Boulder Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy
- Delta Kappa International Marriage and Family Therapy Honor Society
If you feel my work might be a good fit for your needs, please call me on (720) 204-1776 or reach out below to schedule a free consultation!