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Jenn Briere

Jenn Briere, LMSW

She/Her/Hers

Clinical Social Worker

jenn.briere@therapytodaycc.com

Although we have little control over the hand that life deals us, I believe in the hope that it is never too late to heal, to learn new and more effective behaviors…to create the life that you have always dreamed of living. What does it take to get there? What is holding you back? Those answers lie within each one of us.

I enjoy creating an alliance with my clients, to be a guide in their own journey of self-discovery, empowerment, and acceptance. I believe in creating an environment that balances just the right amount of acceptance and change; one that is safe, nonjudgmental, and validating. I look forward to joining with you, exactly where you are, in your life journey.

I have worked at Therapy Today since March 2012, and have worked in the mental health field for 25 years providing treatment services in private practice, schools, and in social service agencies, notably Community Mental Health of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties. I have provided case management and individual and group therapy to adults with serious and persistent mental illness. I have supervised a multidisciplinary case management team of more than 20 clinical and support staff, and provided specialty supervision to staff on the comprehensive Dialectical Behavioral Treatment team. I have worked with co-occurring disorders to maintain compliance with state standards for evidence-based practices, coordinated outpatient services for those discharging from psychiatric facilities, and provided re-entry services for returning citizens who are paroling from prison.

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotional Disturbances
  • Grief and Loss
  • LGBTQ+ Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Self-Esteem

Other Areas of Practice:

  • Divorce/Separation
  • Trauma

Populations:

  • Adolescents and Teenagers, 12+
  • Individual Adults 18+
  • LGBTQ+ Populations, including those who are transitioning 
  • Multicultural Populations

Approaches:

  • Mindfulness
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Trauma-informed interventions, including DBT and EMDR
  • Exposure Therapy

Trainings:

  • Comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Co-Occurring Disorders and Motivational Interviewing
  • Extensive training in working with the LGBTQIA population including providing comprehensive assessments for gender transitioning
  • EMDR I and II
  • Trained as a Behavioral Health Consultant with TRAILS (University of Michigan) to provide individual and group therapy for adolescents, as well as coaching to school staff on mindfulness and Cognitive Behavior Therapy strategies
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Extensive training on trauma-informed care, multicultural and diversity issues, and restorative practices

Certificates:

  • Employee of the Month, CMHA-CEI of February 2013
  • Cooley Law School Top 10 finalist “Women Who Inspire” of 2013

Boards/Associations:

  • Founding member of the Mental Health Advisory Committee for East Lansing Public Schools (2016 – present)

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