"I feel privileged to do this work as a counselor. I am moved by my clients' stories, their courage, and tenacity to heal and take authorship of their lives. I practice counseling from a strengths-based, existential perspective.
What I hope to provide my clients is a safe and reflective holding space in which they can examine their personal role in their struggles, discover their strengths, and listen to their authentic voices. I have a deep respect for all of my clients, and from this respect comes the ability to fully listen and to challenge my clients to make changes and grow.
Making the time and effort to engage in counseling is one of the healthiest acts we can do for ourselves, our loved ones and the community at large. The world wants to experience the whole, real you."
Jennifer Welvaert-Koch, LCPC, NCC earned an MS Ed in Clinical Mental Health from Western Illinois University. She is currently enrolled in the post-graduate art therapy certification program at PennWest University at Edinboro and on her way to becoming a registered art therapist. At this time Jennifer provides art therapy services to clients under university supervision and supervision under a board-certified art therapist. The alphabet soup behind her name simply means she is able to practice counseling independently in Illinois and she is recognized as a nationally certified counselor. Jennifer works with adult individuals and couples. She has a variety of experience working with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues whether it be with a partner, a parent, or a child, as well as grief, trauma, and life changes.
Jennifer is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator. She facilitates Daring Greatly™ and Rising Strong™ workshops based off the research of Dr. Brené Brown. Jennifer is also available to present this curriculum to individuals who prefer a one-on-one experience.