Certified EMDR Therapist with EMDRIA
EMDRIA Approved Consultant
Accredited Facilitator for EMDR-HAP
Jennifer Cecil, M.Ed.,LPC is a Licensed Master’s Level therapist. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona in 1977 and her Master’s Degree in Counseling in 1979, also from the U of A. She became a Christian at the age of 17, one month prior to attending college and began to integrate her Christian beliefs into the psychological theories and techniques that she learned. She has a passion to help people become whole in “spirit, soul, and body” (I Thessalonians 5:23) so that they can discover and fulfill the purposes and plans for their lives.
Jennifer has an extensive history working with clients on both an inpatient and an outpatient basis. She began her career working with juvenile status offenders, as a follow-up counselor with Teen Challenge’s Springboard Shelter Care in Tucson, Arizona. She also worked at the Tucson Pre-release Center with federal inmates released from prison. She relocated to Phoenix in 1981 to take a position at the Department of Corrections-Perryville. She worked there for 10 years as a Correctional Program Officer, a Psychology Associate working with male sex offenders, and a Correctional Program Supervisor, working with female inmates. At her last position, she was responsible for supervising the programs and counselors at the women’s prison. It was there that she became interested and knowledgeable about addictions and the recovery process.
Jennifer has supervised counselors at the Department of Corrections for 4 years and served as Clinical Director at Samaritan Counseling Center in the 1990’s. She has completed the required 12 hours of supervision training and provides licensure quality supervision to counselors-in-training.
She was in line for a promotion for an Assistant Warden position, when she realized that her passion was to work with clients on an outpatient basis in a Christian environment where she was free to integrate Christianity with the therapeutic process. She worked for one year at the Adlerian Family Counseling Center in Litchfield Park, before being offered a position at Samaritan Counseling Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was there that she studied with her mentor and founder of the Clinic, Alfred Ells. Under his tutelage, she became adept at the application of therapeutic techniques within a Christian world-view. She also began to teach that which she was learning around the Valley. She has taught women’s, single’s, marital, and pre-maritial seminars and conferences for over 20 years.
Jennifer has facilitated groups on Dr Townsend and Cloud’s books including Boundaries, Safe People and Changes That Heal. Jennifer contracted with Remuda Ranch Center For Eating Disorders as a Primary Therapist and Family Week Facilitator. Jennifer is a provider for the New Life Ministries counselor network and Focus on the Family referral network. In addition, Jennifer has received advanced training in Milan/Kay Yerkovich’s marital attachment theory.(www.howwelove.com)
Jennifer uses a “bottom up” counseling approach, rather than a “top down” approach. She looks for the root issues connected to presenting symptoms and endeavors to bring healing to the roots, strongholds, and traumatic experiences that prevent us from being all that we aspire to be to.
The therapeutic approach used by Jen is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). It is more of an approach than a technique. She is a certified EMDR consultant and EMDR HAP Institute facilitator. In addition Jennifer conducts 13 hour weekend Marital Intensives utilizing all the gifts and talents that she has
picked up along her 40 years of being a therapist.
Jennifer is passionate about physical fitness and has been a group fitness instructor and Christian Yoga teacher. You can find her on the hiking trails with her friends, at the Gym, or on her Yoga mat.
She has 3 amazing children and 6 grandchildren that she adores and loves to spend time with. She and her husband spend time in the cool pines of Prescott as often as possible. especially in the summer months.
Jennifer currently works out of the Metro Center office and her Prescott office in addition to providing telehealth as needed.