Jen Zolper, LCPC
Seeking therapy can be an incredibly difficult decision, one that I hold with the utmost respect. I believe that we’re each doing the best that we can with the tools that we currently possess and that each of us deserves compassion and support as we continue making our way through life. I will embark on this journey with you, offering a space free of judgement and evidenced-based techniques to support your growth. For some, this may involve safely processing past traumas in order to make sense of your life today. For others, we may begin with finding a handle on aspects of life that currently feel unbearable. I find it immensely important that we collaborate in developing specialized goals that fit within your needs and values, and ultimately build a life worth living, whatever that means to you.
Areas of Expertise & Interest
I enjoy working with adults of all ages, genders and sexual orientation seeking treatment for a wide range of issues.
I have extensive experience providing individual and group therapy with some of the following: Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Illness, Eating Disorders, Family Conflict, Grief, Infidelity, Life Transitions, Self Esteem, Stress, Substance Use, Trauma and PTSD, Women's Issues, Mood Disorders, and Personality Disorders.
I am an integrative therapist, using several evidenced-based practices to meet the needs of individual clients. I draw from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Feminist-Relational, and Psychodynamic methods. Interwoven into all of my work is Trauma-informed, Client-centered and Strengths-based values. I also enjoy using expressive approaches such as art and creative writing.
In my free time, I enjoy art, baking, reading, gardening, a good Netflix binge, and spending time with family and friends.
Experience & Training
I received my Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Psychology and Art History from the University of Wisconsin. Afterwards, I worked as a case manager at a long-term care facility for adults with severe and persistent illness for 3 years before pursuing my Master of Education Degree in Community Counseling from Loyola University. The field placement I chose for my Practicum in graduate school was at Trilogy, a community mental health center, in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. I loved working with that population and the learning environment there, so I stayed on as a therapist and evidentially as the coordinator of their DBT program for several years.
Since beginning my clinical work, I’ve prioritized my training and development in order to provide the most effective service to the clients I work with. From 2015 to 2017, I trained with WomenCare Counseling Center in learning the Relational model and its application to treating trauma. Also in 2017, I completed a DBT Intensive Certificate course with PESI and received a National Dialectical Therapy Certification. With that DBT knowledge, I developed a full DBT program, complete with skills group, phone coaching, staff consultation and individual therapy. I was EMDR trained through EMDRIA in 2018 and 2019, gaining another powerful tool in the treatment of trauma. I also completed Chicago’s Center for Psychoanalysis Fellowship from 2018 to 2020, deepening my understanding of psychodynamic theory and practice.
I received my License in Professional Counseling (LPC) in 2016 and my Clinical Professional License (LCPC) in 2016.
Client Age Range
Age 16 & up