JENNIFER BALLERINI

About My Practice

MY APPROACH

I'm so glad you're here and thinking about seeking help. Deciding that you're ready to change and developing a good relationship with a therapist you feel comfortable with are the first steps toward taking charge of your life and feeling better.

I’m a Folsom psychologist, Level Two AEDP individual therapist, and Certified EFT couples therapist who loves helping people heal old wounds, learn new skills, and grow into happier, healthier human beings. I feel privileged to be a part of my clients’ journeys as they let go of old patterns and develop new ways of seeing themselves and the world around them. I'm committed to creating a warm, compassionate, and open environment for you to heal, learn, and grow. When things get tough, I'll be here to offer you the hope, enthusiasm, and humor you need to keep going and the guidance and feedback you need to stay on track with your goals and achieve real, lasting change.

I cherish the diversity of the people I've been privileged to help. I am an LGBT-friendly therapist and I welcome adult clients of all races and ethnicities. In addition to understanding how personal triumphs and tragedies help shape us as individuals, I also appreciate exploring how broader cultural pressures such as racism, sexism, and homophobia affect our mental health and well-being.


MY SERVICES

My practice is divided pretty much evenly between my two favorite areas of clinical work: helping people as individuals to heal the things deep inside themselves that keep them from living their best lives and helping couples develop happy, close relationships. I deeply enjoy accompanying people on their journeys of personal growth, including helping people heal and move forward from traumatic or abusive experiences in their past. I also really love helping couples — gay and straight, married and unmarried — recover from the distress of chronic disconnection and helping them build the warm, secure bonds they long for.

I use warm, evidence-based, effective therapeutic approaches to make my clients' experiences in therapy as helpful and on-target as possible. In couple therapy, I use Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to help my couples build better relationships, and in my individual work, I use Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and other evidence-based, attachment-oriented, humanistic therapies to achieve lasting growth and healing. Some of the issues I can help you with include...

• Becoming less self-critical and more self-confident
• Recovering from depression or anxiety
• Repairing your relationships and building deeper, more connected bonds
• Learning stress management, communication, and assertiveness skills
• Learning how to identify and connect with your feelings
• Healing from painful or traumatic personal experiences
• Discovering who you are and what you want from life


ABOUT ME

I’m a licensed clinical psychologist with a master’s degree and a doctorate in clinical psychology, and I've been providing therapy to men, women, and couples since 2005. I strive to keep growing in my clinical work, and I'm really excited to be learning two new models of individual therapy: Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and Internal Family Systems (IFS). I'm a Certified EFT Couples Therapist and Level Two AEDP Therapist, and co-founder of AEDP Sacramento. I'm a member of The International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), The Greater Sacramento-Davis Center for EFT, The Northern California Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NCCEFT), and The AEDP Institute.

When I’m not working with my clients, I love hanging out with my family and friends, hitting the trails with my dog, playing piano and guitar, and finding any excuse to redecorate something. If you have questions about therapy or how I can help, please call or text me at 916.276.7709.