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- Published on Friday, 22 July 2011 22:40
- Written by drjennis
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From the time I was a little girl, I have always had an interest in expressing myself through the written word. Born in the racially divided country, Johannesburg, South Africa to my mother Laraine, an artist and psychiatric social worker and my father “Dr. Mike,” a pilot and pediatric radiologist I was exposed to “the arts” from a very young age. I grew up embracing both writing and art as a way to best express my deepest thoughts and emotions.
At age 6 ½, my family emigrated from South Africa to St. Louis, Missouri where my sisters and I struggled to assimilate to our new country. Feeling estranged from my childhood friends and extended family, I felt like an outsider in the United States for many years. I continued to use “the arts” to communicate my feelings of loneliness and estrangement.
In college, I decided to major in English, where I deepened my love for literature. After receiving my B.A. from UC Santa Barbara, it was my mother who influenced me to embrace the field of psychology. I went on to receive an M.A. in counseling psychology from the University of San Francisco, an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.
I am now a licensed psychotherapist, professional writer, speaker and media expert (Bravo, MTV, Fox) specializing in relationship issues. Some of my television appearances have included appearing as a relationship expert on a national network talk show and as a regular psychotherapist on a television series. My educational and clinical experience is extensive. For over fifteen years I have been assisting individuals in overcoming dysfunctional behaviors which have kept them from flourishing in their lives as well as their relationships.
In my private practice, the Center for Creative Psychology (CCP) (www.creativepsychology.com), my innovative techniques and personalized approach have helped individuals, couples and families re-establish essential connections and transform their difficulties into opportunities for healing.
Throughout my career in psychology, I continued to write stories and dabble in the arts. The more clients I saw in my private practice, the more I recognized the universality of all human beings yearnings and desires. I knew that eventually I would need to translate these yearnings into a creative medium.
During my classes at U.S.C. I laid the groundwork for my novel, writing a memoir entitled Angels in the Snow. In my Ph.D program, I began writing THE FEATHER, which I included in my research-based, artistic dissertation, An Angel and Her Feather; how Fact and Fiction heal and Explore the Archetype of Home.
I have written many psychological articles for professional magazines (The California Therapist, LA Parent.) Most of my “Art in Mind” stories were written in my early twenties and for many years they sat in a box in my garage until recently when I finally listened to my sister and pulled them out. You can view many of them on this website. THE FEATHER is my first novel.
I currently live in Los Angeles with my husband Jeff, my three beautiful children Jake, Bella and Lily, my chocolate lab Talula and my cats Rocket and Moonie.
For more information about THE FEATHER