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About Me

Jennifer Kuchler, MA LMFT, APCC

Individual Mental Health Therapist

YOU ONLY GET ONE LIFE – ARE YOU LIVING AS BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF?

As a clinician, I work with clients to learn how to successfully navigate through the world, work through stressful times, shed past patterns, look for growth opportunities, or search for a more balanced life.

My areas of focus are:

  • Trauma

  • Anxiety

  • Grief

  • Behavioral Issues

  • Anger management

  • Social Skills

  • Self-esteem

  • Family dynamics

  • Personal Growth

  • High-stress environments

  • Adoption

  • Medical patient/caregiver support

If you are looking for a mental health therapist, then look no further because my goal in sessions is for clients to feel self-aware, empowered, and grounded in who they are to better connect with the person they want to become. This therapeutic approach can help address anxiety symptoms, lack of identity, pressured performance, depression, and lack of communication skills.

I am committed to creating an environment for clients to feel safe and comfortable to open up about difficult topics. This safe space is where we can honor those feelings and experiences, gain a sense of acceptance, and work together to create a journey forward toward a purpose-filled path.

Tell me more...

 

 

I'm a Mental Health Service Provider based in Southbay - here to guide you through life’s most complex and difficult matters. I truly care about my patients’ well-being and guarantee top-of-the-line counseling and psychological services catered to their needs.

 

I have a background in early childhood education, working as a Kindergarten and First Grade Teacher. I completed my practicum for the 2020-2021 School Year with Wiseburn Unified School District as a Level 3 Trauma Counselor for children ranging from TK-5th Grade in multiple schools within the District. 

 

I earned my bachelor’s degree in psychology at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT graduating cum laude with a focus on early childhood education. With my master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at California Southern University with dual licensure in Professional Clinical Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Patient well-being is my number one priority, and I go above and beyond to help them through all their obstacles. Get in touch with me today for more information.

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Training Snapshot

Therapeutic Modalities

  • Protective Factors in Adolescent Training

  • TF-CBT Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Training

  • Attachment Based Adoption Therapeutic Training

  • Motivational Interviewing Training

  • Brainspotting with David Grand, Ph.D.: The BrainBody Based Therapy for Treating Trauma

  • Co-occurring OCD and PTSD_Conceptualization, assessment, and treatment

  • Know the Mind, Know the Learner: Applying Brain Science to Improve Training

  • EFT Tapping Practitioner:

    • Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

    • The Science Behind EFT

    • Understanding Shifting Aspects

    • The Importance of Being Specific

    • Psychological Reversal & Secondary Gain

    • Cognitive Belief Shifts

    • How Traumatic Events Imprint on the Brain

    • Finding the Right Words to Use

    • An introduction to both Tell the Story and the Movie Techniques for working with traumatic events

    • The Movie Technique

    • Working with Pain and Physical Symptoms

    • EFT for Cravings and Aspects of Addictions

    • The Gentle Techniques for Intense Issues including Sneaking Up on the problem, Tearless Trauma and the somato-emotional process of Chasing the Pain (Sensation)

    • Understanding the Nature of and working with Traumatic Events

    • Clearing Limiting Beliefs

    • Questions for Uncovering Core Issues

    • Core Issues and Physical Symptoms

    • Working over the Telephone or Internet

    • EFT in Groups

    • Using EFT with Children

    • Scope of Practice, Informed Consent and the EFT Ethics Code

    • Matrix Reimprinting Foundational Training

Play Therapy

  • Play Therapy:

    • EMDR & Play Therapy: A Multimodal Approach for Children

    • Creating Diversity in the Practice of Play Therapy: More Than Color, More Than Gender

    • Pathways to Attachment Security in Play Therapy

    • Creative Interventions for Engaging Resistant Children in Play Therapy: "I Don't Want to Talk About It"

    • Applying Polyvagal Theory to Your Play Therapy Practice for Safety, Connection & Healing

    • Tele-Play the Preschool Way!  Interactive Play Therapy Interventions for Engaging Young Children

    • The Power of Play: Promoting an IntraConnected Relational Experience of Self

    • Superheroes and Video Games: Creating Epic Adventures in Child & Adolescent Therapy

    • Sand Therapy: A Powerful Tool to Create Safety and Healing for Trauma, Anxiety & More

    • Virtual Sandtray: Remaining Connected Through a Powerful Projective Intervention

    • Creating a Safe Haven for Families in the Playroom to Rest, Refuel and Replenish

    • Affirming Play Therapy Approaches: The Agent of Change for Neurodivergent Kids

    • Big Behaviors in Small Containers: Trauma Informed Play Therapy Interventions for Dysregulation

    • Attachment Begins in Utero: There’s No Such Thing as a Blank Slate

    • LEGO®-Based Play Therapy Techniques

    • Telehealth Meets Play: Treating Children and Adolescents in a Virtual Setting

    • The Ethics of Touch in Child Psychotherapy & Play Therapy

    • Reframing Children’s Traumatic Experiences

    • Playful Parts: The Intersection of Play Therapy and Internal Family Systems

    • Nature Therapy for Kids: A Multisensory Approach to Better Mental Health

Trauma

  • Infant, Child and Adult CPR Certified 2022

  • FEMA Disaster Relief Service Worker

  • CERT (Certified Emergency Response Team) Responder Redondo Beach

  • Beach Cities Health District: Life
    Purpose Group Session Leader

Professional Development

  • Professional Certificates: 

    • Designing eLearning (ASTD)

    • Leading Effective Teams

    • Microsoft Project 2002

    • Motivating Employees

    • Providing Effective Feedback

    • InDesign CS2: Managing the InDesign Environment and Designing Documents

    • Managing Projects

  • StrengthsFinders: Tool used to create management conversations in Strengths-Based Therapy within organizations developing performance plans that emphasize the employee’s strengths and motivate them to build upon them within their position.

  • Cognitive and Personality Assessment: Mental thought process to assess whether they were the right fit for the position to use the skills that they had and to interact with the organization’s clients.

  • Motivational and Organizational Assessment: Tool used to work with applicants to assess their potential match for the organizational culture and to determine the fit within the potential team they would be entering as well as the style to their potential manager.

  • Performance Evaluations: done on a quarterly basis for level settings discussions, prioritization exercises, adaptations in style or workload.

  • Leadership Assessments: to gather more information on situational and behavioral aspects to determine the readiness of the applicant for a leadership promotion in workplace environments that have leadership management training programs.

  • Organizational Change Readiness Pulse Survey: used with system upgrades and widespread changes, a survey is created to capture the pulse of the workforce as it relates to their emotional response to an upcoming change, plan for future behavioral responses, and to gauge their technical skills in preparation for the change. With this information, educational tools, captive communication, increased marketing tools and other behavioral tools can be applied to improve the outcome of the change management process.

  • Organizational Assessment: analysis to gain a deeper pulse of the organization for retention and to spark leadership discussions. Giving the ability to diagnose any missing knowledge, provide a framework for clear communication and increased clarity while giving the employees the ability to have an open environment to speak freely about their work environment and current experience.

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