About Me ~ Welcome to my practice. I offer solution-based counseling and strategies to improve communication skills and increase feelings of trust, connection, and satisfaction in NW DC. Our work together can reduce feelings of stress, anxiety, and/or depression.
As a spouse and parent of two school-aged children, I am familiar with the joys and struggles that go along with living in today’s fast-paced world. I believe that we are all doing the best we can and that sometimes we just need a little help.
As a psychotherapist (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, DC, LC#302938), I have honed my counseling skills for over eighteen years through social work, ongoing training, and private practice work.
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing and journalism from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, and later earned my Master of Social Work degree at the National Catholic School of Social Service in Washington, DC.
I then worked as a clinical social worker in the National Children’s Center (NCC)’s Educational Program, a Level IV placement. In this position, I provided support and psychotherapy to NCC students and their families. I also ran parent and sibling support groups, socialization and psychotherapy groups.
After I took some time off to raise my children, I started my own private practice and began offering workshops based on the work of Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Both topics, “How To Talk So Your Kids Will Listen & Listen So Your Kids Will Talk” and “Siblings Without Rivalry” were popular with parents throughout the DC area. I continue to offer workshops and groups at various locations throughout the city.
Today, my practice includes counseling and support for individual adults, couples, interfaith couples, new parents, families, mothers, fathers, teens, and women who may be struggling with the symptoms of Postpartum Depression.
My Family Systems background and ongoing training in Gottman Couples Therapy and Mindfulness offer valuable resources to help you learn to better identify and connect with your own thoughts and feelings. In addition, Brené Brown‘s research on vulnerability has given me valuable resources to help you begin to “Dare Greatly“ in whatever direction you choose. Our work together can increase your ability to experience self-compassion and help you communicate, and connect more effectively with others.
In the Fall of 2008, I founded and became the moderator of a group for DC area clinicians — who are also parents — called DCTherapistMoms to fill the need for support for this vital community. DCTM is constantly growing as it offers a professional and supportive space for its more than 450 members. Referrals, practice questions, and support are exchanged online everyday. We DCTM’ers also meet in person for peer supervision, learning, mentoring, and social events. It has been tremendously rewarding and inspiring to help DCTM evolve.
My other professional memberships include the National Association of Social Workers, the Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Workers and Postpartum Support International.
Are you ready for a change? Setting up your first appointment is easy. Just call/text me at 202-215-2790 or email me at JKogan@Jennifer Kogan.com. You can also contact me here. If you are in need of a referral, I am very happy to connect you to the resources you need.