DR. JENNIFER VANBECK
We all have it within us to overcome the obstacles that stand in our way. I am here to help you through your personal struggles, empowering you to live a life full of meaning. Whether you are struggling with a negative self-image, an addiction or habit that doesn't serve your well-being, overwhelming anxiety, sadness, stress, or are simply looking for more clarity and focus to start living a life filled with purpose, I am here for you.
I focus on positive character strengths rather than weaknesses, guiding you towards living a life aligned with your true self. Through open and honest conversation about your most difficult thoughts and feelings, we will build a foundation of strength and courage to meet all of life's challenges with confidence.
I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and loss, and trauma. My office is located about 2 miles from the University of Michigan central campus.
ABOUT MY PRACTICE
I offer individual, family, and couples counseling and psychotherapy. I work with children over age 5, adolescents, and adults. I practice from a psychodynamic theoretical orientation, meaning that we will uncover unconscious psychological processes (for example, thoughts, wishes, and fears of which we are not fully aware) and figure out how they may be contributing to your experiences. We will discuss your family of origin in order to understand who you are and what life decisions you made in past years to replicate or move away from the dynamics of early relationships.
While these narratives have very strong personal meaning for clients, it is important that counseling help you make changes in your life right now. We will take the insight you gain from exploring the past and work on practical strategies to enhance your coping skills and communication with important people in your life. I will integrate aspects of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) into our therapy in order to offer you a wide range of coping skills and a deeper understanding of your struggles.