Jen's Areas of Specialty

Soulful Parenting

by Jennifer Jondreau Thompson, Ph.D. - LPC

Soulful Parenting requires that you to step into your parenting experience with an openness and willingness to accept that parenting is difficult. The concept of Soulful Parenting came to me when I was having a hard time with my four year old son. Physically and emotionally exhausted, I was unsure if I could endure another day. I realized I needed to open up the experience of parenting him. That is when I thought of Soulful Parenting. Simply saying those two words relaxed me immediately.

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Areas Of Specialty

 

 

~ addiction

Addiction can be a way to keep the "dark" feelings away. Often times clients will say, "But won't feeling these feelings kill me?".

With a thought like this it is no wonder someone will choose to use alcohol, drugs, food, sex or cigarettes to not feel.  The truth is that the feelings will NOT kill you.  With support and compassion individuals can move their way into and then out of the darkness.  

Recommended Reading:

The Spirituality of Imperfection by Ernest Kurtz & Katherine Ketchum

Healing the Shame That Binds You by John Bradshaw

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions by AA World Service

 

 

~ grief & loss

Most people are familiar with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's five stages of grief:

Jennifer helps her clients identify with these stages of grief while understanding that the stages don't always happen in a linear fashion.  An individual does not "finish" with one and then move on.  The grief process is more dynamic, ebbing and flowing from one stage to the next and back again.

Recommended Reading:

When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner

Who Dies? by Steven Levin

 

 

~ body image & eating disorders

If you are preoccupied with thoughts similar to these you are not alone.  In our culture, individuals are definitely hungry, but not always for food.  We are also told that having the "perfect" body will bring happiness, love and (finally) self-acceptance.

Work with Jennifer involves finding out what you are "hungry" for and then figuring out how to give that to yourself.

Recommended Reading:

Women, Food and God, 'A Transformative Path' by Geenan Roth

Eating in the Light of the Moon by Anita Johnson

 

~ Soulful Parenting

Soulful Parenting requires that you to step into your parenting experience with an openness and willingness to accept that parenting is difficult. Please follow this link to read the article I wrote. read more>>

Recommended Reading:

The Explosive Child by Ross W. Green

The Out-of-Sync Child by Carol Stock Kranowitz