My name is Dr. Jennifer Blanchette, and I’m thrilled about the opportunity to work with you. As a therapist I integrate several forms of therapy for the variety of difficulties that my clients face. I have extensive training and experience in working with: depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, substance abuse, relationship problems/marital difficulties, God-image issues, interaction with the foster care system, treatment for adolescents, brain injury, and more. I approach therapy as a fellow human with my clients; one of my favorite therapists, Irvin Yalom, said it best when he stated that therapists are “fellow travelers” with their clients. I see my role as helping you to remove obstacles, find your own new path, and witness your journey with you. I use many evidenced based therapies in my practice such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Seeking Safety.
I think it’s helpful for you to know a little bit about who I am. I grew up right outside of Washington, D.C. and lived most of my life in Virginia until I met and married a Mainer. I have enjoyed living in the beautiful state of Maine since 2011. My extensive career in academia began at Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, Virginia. After my bachelor's degree in psychology, I pursued a master's degree in experimental psychology. I continued to work during this time in various mental health positions such as a mental health counselor for inpatient psychiatric care, a foster care case worker, foster parent trainer, and a therapeutic casework supervisor.
After a year of working full time, I decided to go "all in" and pursue a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Regent University in Virginia which is an (APA) accredited university. My program at Regent integrated psychology and Christianity throughout my training. During this time, I also continued to work as a foster parent trainer. I enjoyed working with foster parents to help the children in their care so much that my dissertation topic was about their experience and their ability to engage in self-care and forgiveness.
I completed my postdoctoral residency in neuropsychological rehabilitation with Goodwill Industries in Portland, Maine. My work primarily focused on providing psychotherapy to individuals with traumatic brain injury. Afterwards, I worked in an outpatient center providing psychological testing before transitioning to private practice.
In my free time I love to play Frisbee with my pup, sew/quilt things, play tennis, take Zumba/dance classes, spend time with loved ones, and generally enjoy all that Maine has to offer!