Denver Diabetes Counseling-
Greenwood Village, Co
At Denver Diabetes Counseling, Jenna Eisenberg, LMFT believes the most important aspect of therapy is the relationship between therapist and client, both need to feel comfortable working together, and the client should feel supported and heard. Beyond the therapuetic relationship, treatment modalities are described below.
Theoretical Orientations Applied in
Each client is unique and deserves an individualized treatment plan. Client and therapist will work together in the first few sessions to determine what the best and most successful course of treatment will be. Treatment may also continue once Diabetes related problems have been resolved to further explore additional interpersonal or emotional issues.
Client Centered Therapy, in which the the relationship between client and therapist will foster the potential for the client to grow and evolve. This is done by the therapist communicating realness, caring, empathy and non judgmental understanding, while the client discusses his/her feelings.
Behavioral Therapy, in which behavior is seen as responses to stimulation, internal and external (i.e. rewards and consequences), and focuses on modifying maladaptive behaviors. Components of this therapy are systematic desensitization, assertiveness training and behavioral contracts between parent and child.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the important role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. It is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations (such as a medical illness), and events. The benefit of this is that we can change the way we think to feel / act better even if the situation does not change.
Family Systems Therapies, a branch of psychotherapy that works with families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture change and development. It tends to view change in terms of the systems of interaction between family members. It emphasizes family relationships as an important factor in psychological health. R
egardless of the origin of the problem, and regardless of whether the clients consider it an "individual" or "family" issue, involving families in solutions is often beneficial. Families directly participate in the therapy session. The therapist works to influence conversations in a way that catalyzes the strengths, wisdom, and support of the wider system. *Denver Diabetes Counseling is not limited to the above modalities; other theories may be more appropriate for individual client needs.
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Jenna Eisenberg, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Member, American Association of Diabetes Educators
Jenna Eisenberg is a California and Colorado Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and an associate member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Jenna, a type 1 diabetic herself since she was 13 months old, has a type 1 diabetic mother, 2 type 1 diabetic aunts, a grandfather who died from complications of type 1 diabetes, a great grandfather who had his leg amputated as a result of complications of type 1 diabetes and several other family members who have type 2 diabetes. Needless to say, Jenna has lived her entire life with this disease, and has had to personally deal with both the physical and emotional issues that she now helps other diabetics cope with.
Ms. Eisenberg started her work with diabetes in high school as a volunteer with newly diagnosed diabetics, she continued into college and beyond. During her years at the University of Texas at Austin, she garnered an interest in HIV/AIDS, and began volunteering with several AIDS organizations during and after graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication, majoring in Journalism/Media studies and minoring in Business. During college, Jenna studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain and backpacked through Europe. This was one of the first experiences she and her parents had dealing with “letting go” of their child and trusting her to live in another country and fully manage her diabetes.
Jenna then moved to San Francisco, where she continued her work with HIV/AIDS and diabetes. After a year in San Francisco, Ms. Eisenberg joined the United States Peace Corps and served two years in Kingston, Jamaica where she volunteered as an At Risk Urban Youth Educator. Her main role in Jamaica was at the Centre for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Services (CHARES) at the University of the West Indies Hospital. There, Jenna was exposed to many aspects of the counseling field (individual, crisis and group sessions), she provided safe sex psycho-education to various groups and developed activities for the HIV/AIDS community. It was her experience in the Peace Corps that led Jenna to realize her desire to continue to help others; especially those with chronic illness.
After Jenna successfully completed her two years in the Peace Corps, she returned to California where she began graduate school at San Francisco State University. In addition to her graduate school curriculum, Jenna also took Sexual Attitude Restructuring classes at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Human Sexuality, where she studied treatment for erectile dysfunction and other sexual issues related to chronic illness. In 2004, Ms. Eisenberg graduated with honors with a Masters of Science, concentration Marriage and Family Therapy. To meet her graduate school requirements, Jenna, who is fluent in Spanish, worked with two non-profit agencies, and served children, adults and families in low income communities. Not only did she provide them counseling, but she also assisted several of these families with housing, employment and financial stability issues. Furthermore, many of these families were monolingual Spanish speaking, and Jenna provided counseling services to them in Spanish only. She also participated in various trainings and clinical and group supervision.
Following graduate school, Jenna once again took a trip backpacking by herself through much of Central and South America; there, she learned much more about the differences in diabetes self management and medical care all over the world. Upon returning to the United States, she had to earn 3,000 supervised therapy hours before she could sit for her licensing exams. She moved to Los Angeles where she worked for almost two years as a Multi Systemic Therapist (MST). During this phase of her career, Jenna worked in the homes of juveniles on probation and their families, and assisted them to comply with the conditions of probation in order to keep the probationer out of restrictive placement, such as Juvenile Hall. At that time, a number of Ms. Eisenberg’s clients included families with diabetic (type 1 or type 2) members, and Jenna was eager to assist them with those specific issues.
After returning to Northern California, Jenna continued her work as a MFT Intern in a Child Sexual Abuse program. Jenna’s treatment was primarily within a Trauma focused cognitive behavioral model (TFCBT); she also conducted family therapy and fostered connections with social services to support and assist children having been sexually abused. Ms. Eisenberg also co-led a support group for non-offending parents of sexually abused children. Here to, a few of Jenna’s clients were affected by Diabetes, and Jenna noticed the similarities between her experiences and those of her clients.
In the fall of 2008, Jenna earned the last of the required 3000 supervised hours she needed to sit for her board exams; she passed both board exams at the end of 2008, and received her license as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. Ms. Eisenberg’s decision to move to Denver, CO was largely based on the fact that she had been treated for her own Diabetes since the age of 8 at the Barbara Davis Center for Juvenile Diabetes at the University Hospital in Denver, now Aurora. She has maintained close relationships to the clinic and its doctors, who have strongly encouraged her to further specialize in treating the mental health of diabetics.
By November of 2009, Jenna received her Colorado license as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and continues her vision of working with diabetics and their loved ones. She also provides non-diabetes related psychotherapy to clients in her private practice.
Formerly, Ms. Eisenberg worked part time as a bilingual mental health clinician with Catholic Charities of Denver and The Mental Health Center of Denver at El Centro de las Familias, and provided individual, couples and family counseling services to monolingual Spanish speaking members of the Denver community. She currently provides contract mental health services for several Employee Assistance Programs in the Denver area as well as the Victim's Assistance Program.
Jenna Eisenberg is a dedicated and empathetic psychotherapist committed to supporting the emotional and educational needs of diabetics in the Denver area. She truly understands the emotional ups and downs of diabetes, and how it can affect those diagnosed and their loved ones. Everyday, she looks forward to continuing her work, learning from others and helping people help themselves…
Ms. Eisenberg, her husband and daughter reside in Denver.
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