Join PghPsych in welcoming the latest addition to our growing family of professional therapists! Jennifer Halper, MSW, LCSW brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our practice and we are pleased to welcome her! Discover more about Jennifer and her talents in this week’s blog post.
In Good Health,
What kind of services do you provide as a psychotherapist?
My approach to therapy is integrative. I don’t marry myself to one style of treatment but rather work with my clients using approaches that best fit their personalities and needs. I typically use a combination of psychodynamic psychotherapy, play therapy, behavioral and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) while intermingling relaxation and creative therapy techniques into my sessions.
What does good therapy mean to you?
I greatly respect the strength that it can take to walk through the door of a therapist’s office. It is my belief that good therapy begins with establishing a trusting therapeutic relationship and builds from there. I believe that it is imperative that my clients feel safe in sharing their vulnerabilities so that they can work toward making positive changes in their lives.
What is the last book you read or movie you saw?
I love to read and am a huge movie buff. What haven’t I seen? I’ll watch almost anything though I have to admit that I foster a soft spot for anything that involves zombies and vampires. It’s sad but true. We all have our little indulgences.
My favorite book over the past few years is, hands down, “I Know This Much Is True” by Wally Lamb. The main character is so wonderfully fallible and human. It is a book that relates the journey to self-acceptance and the struggles that we face as we choose to heal the wounds we’ve gathered in our lives.
What prompted you to become a therapist?
I have been on this track since I was a teenager but even then there was no single event that lead me down this path. I have seen over and over the relief people feel when they work through their struggles. I was always drawn to that.
What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you?
This has been a hard question to answer. I even asked family members to help me remember the funniest thing that’s ever happened to me. The resounding response has been that there are just too many to remember. I like to laugh (a lot) and provide myself and others with opportunities to do so every day.
What is your life philosophy?
Laugh hard and often!
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Caring, thoughtful and beautifully imperfect!
Who or what is your greatest inspiration?
If you are looking to make positive changes in your life, we can help! Please give us a call at 412-367-0575 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment with Jennifer.