“Working with my therapist at Positive Strides has helped me gain the skills to better cope with my anxiety. When I walked during therapy, I was able to generate new ideas for handling difficult situations. These ideas helped me feel as though I have more control and will be really helpful in the future when I am far from home. I think it was easier to make progress in a nature type setting as opposed to an office because I was able to think and talk more freely.”
– Teen Client
“Jen has helped me frame my concerns, identify solutions, and move on, avoiding the vicious cycle of insecurity that had paralyzed me. I realize now, that at each juncture of my life, no matter how large or how trivial, I have a choice about my reaction and my feelings and that feeling of control and empowerment has changed my life. Jen often pushed me, gently, to a place where I could accept and understand this shift in thinking and I am glad that she did.”
"As a therapist in a private practice and someone who loves to walk and hike outdoors, Jen's accessible presentation offered me the practical information, clinical insight, and encouragement to finally take the step to practice outside and walk with clients. Now I'm not only feeling the relief of getting to move and not having to sit indoors all day, but my clients are also telling me that walking sessions are even better for them than sessions in the office!"
– Elizabeth Olate, MA, MSW, LISW-S
"Four sessions with Jen have helped me take back control of my sleeping patterns. I used to struggle for hours to go back to sleep when waking up at night. A good listener, Jen quickly understood my problems and offered concrete and actionable advice."
"I learned about Jen and her work via the Psychotherapy Networker magazine. I contacted her to consult about her work hoping that I could adapt my practice for the COVID-19 crisis. Jen was very open to sharing her "gems" with me and I now feel prepared to take the leap and expand my practice to include walking therapy."
– Julie Edwards, MSW, RSW Psychotherapist
“Before I went to Positive Strides, I often felt very sad. Jennifer has helped me greatly in locating my feelings and developing coping mechanisms. I feel so much better about the world and about myself thanks to her.”
– Teen Client
“The physical aspect of walking makes my brain work harder and reach conclusions more thoughtfully and quickly. Now, when I am trying to think through something,
I automatically walk around to process my thoughts.”
"Jen is a supportive listener and thinking partner who has helped me navigate some challenges and also build on what is working well in my life. Our conversations during outdoor “walk and talk” sessions have been very easy and natural — a positive hour well spent in my week!
“Nature, fresh air, sunshine and exercise make me feel better. However, I rarely carve time out for myself to walk. Walking during therapy is a way to improve my body and my mind.”