Jenni Caruso is a dedicated and experienced Licensed Professional Counselor, Psychotherapist, and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor with over 12 years of experience in the mental health field. Jenni is passionate about working with children, adolescents, young adults and families and has dedicated her career to helping youth, adults and families build resiliency, enhance mental wellness and improve their overall quality of life. Over the last decade, Jenni has provided individual, group, and family therapy services and mental health treatment to children, adolescents, and adults in community, outpatient and residential/inpatient settings.
The foundation of Jenni’s therapeutic approach is client and family centered in order to develop a trusting and supportive therapeutic relationship and foundation with her clients. She is committed to creating a space of safety and support that encourages self exploration and growth for her clients while promoting mental wellness, as well as psychological and emotional resiliency. Jenni uses a variety of therapeutic interventions and modalities to treat and support each client’s individual needs. Jenni has experience utilizing the following interventions and modalities to assist clients’ with meeting their therapeutic goals, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Humanistic, Supportive and Strength-Based Counseling, Skills Training and Coaching (Social Skills, Parenting, Coping Skills, Distress Tolerance, Communication), Behavioral Activation, Family Systems, Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Mindfulness, Trauma Informed Practices, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Jenni’s background includes over a decade of clinical experience supporting youth and families who are experiencing a wide range of emotional and behavioral difficulties, mental health diagnoses and life challenges. Her specialities include issues related child and adolescent development, child and adolescent mental health diagnoses, ADHD, self-esteem and self-identity exploration, LGBTQIA, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, grief, school stress and achievement, peer relationship difficulties/social skills coaching, behavior management, parenting skills coaching, improving family relationships and communication (siblings, parent/child), foster care and adoption, and family stress related to changes and transitions in the family system (new siblings, divorce, remarriage).
Other areas of expertise include Mood Disorders (Depression, Bipolar Disorder), Anxiety Disorders (Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Separation Anxiety, Phobias, OCD), Grief, Traumatic Grief and Complicated Bereavement, Miscarriage, Infant and Child loss, Postpartum and Other Women’s Issues, Medical Trauma, Medically Fragile/Special Needs Children, Stress Management, Life Transitions, and enhancing mental wellness and resiliency.
Jenni is passionate about working with LGBTQIA youth and adults. She utilizes LGBTQ+ affirming therapeutic practices to support her clients, (youth and families, as well as adults) through all phases of developmentally appropriate exploration and/or questioning of gender identity and/or sexual orientation. Her goal is to provide her client and family with therapeutic treatment that supports healthy development, builds a secure self-identity and fosters resilience to enhance their mental wellness, quality of life and strengthen the family bond.
Jenni Caruso graduated from the University of West Georgia with a B.A. in Psychology and a M.Ed. in Community Counseling.