Jenna Bennett (Registered Psychological Associate #94026268) holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the CUNY Graduate Center and the City College of New York, and is completing advanced training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Wright Institute Los Angeles. She has 7+ years of experience that includes working in schools, mental health clinics, and in private practice.
I am passionate about working with people who want to know themselves, and cultivate greater connection, and possibility in life. I value the power of a strong therapeutic relationship rooted in trust, where feelings, histories and the complex layers of an individual’s experiences can be explored. My psychoanalytic and psychodynamic approach enables me to help adolescents, adults, and couples understand how past experiences inform their current circumstances. Together, we journey to the root of difficulties, and fundamentally cultivate deep and lasting change.
Starting therapy takes both courage and curiosity; by being here you have already started a process to nurture yourself and your needs. When encountering intense struggles in life, we don’t always have the capacity or necessary support to process our emotions. In these instances, as we try to move forward, we take with us whatever was unexpressed and unprocessed, and this often continues to impact us in a variety of ways.
In therapy, I will invite you to freely share your thoughts, feelings, and memories, and through conversation, reflection, and the dynamic relationship that grows between us, we will recognize patterns, develop understanding, and build your capacity for navigating the challenges of life.
I have expertise in helping individuals work through life transitions, relationship challenges, anxiety, family conflict, depression, aspects of identity, difficulty finding intimacy, low self-esteem, and the impacts of trauma. I also deeply value working with individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+.
The beauty of couples’ therapy is that both partners are in the same room, and are entering into the same therapeutic space—this opens up a multitude of possibilities. When working with couples I integrate Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and attachment-based therapy, with my psychodynamic approach. This enables me to help couples address the many layers of experience, emotion, and attachment at play in their relationship and struggles. Beginning by developing a shared understanding of the difficulty in the relationship and its origins, I then help both partners find ways to shift the dynamic, build stronger communication, and create greater intimacy.
Therapy for Adolescents
Adolescence is a time of huge transition and emotion, it is also a central time of self-discovery. When adolescence is unfolding as it should, it can be supremely challenging for teens and parents alike, and when additional complications or struggles emerge, it can feel unbearable. I work with adolescents to create a space where they can be themselves, engage in reflection and grow. I integrate parent work and family work as needed to support the individual and their family.
You can reach Jenna Bennett, Ph.D. by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (424) 253-4656.