Jennifer Jamgochian, LMSW, received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fordham University and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Touro College. She is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and comprehensively trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
Prior to joining Hartstein Psychological Services, Jen supervised a team of therapists at the New York Foundling’s “Close to Home” program, one of the agency’s juvenile justice initiatives. While there, she developed and administered an evidence based therapeutic program for adjudicated youth focused on rehabilitation through strengthening of the existing family unit. This included individual and family therapy as well as community-based skills training aimed at developing prosocial habits. She also worked at the New York Foundling’s Article 31 mental health clinic, where she provided trauma treatment to children, adolescents, and adults.
Over her career, Jen has developed practical experience addressing anxiety and depression; personality disorders; disruptive, impulse control and conduct disorders; adjustments and life transitions; academic and learning difficulties; trauma- and stressor-related disorders; interpersonal issues; parenting and co-parenting issues; and executive functioning/ performance issues.
Jen has a special interest in working with individuals who would like to improve self-management and organizational abilities. She is a highly trained executive functioning coach and helps individuals that have complicated learning profiles excel in their academic and personal lives. In addition, Jen has specialized experience working with young children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
Jen believes in the importance of a warm, collaborative, and trusting relationship with her clients, in which she emphasizes their individual strength and resilience. She incorporates her social work background by teaching strategies and skills in a safe and positive environment. Adept at multiple approaches, Jen customizes treatment plans to best support her clients and promote their personal growth.
1. Why did you choose to become a therapist?
I’ve known I wanted to be a therapist since high school. I took AP Psychology during high school and was hooked. I’ve always found human behavior to be fascinating and really enjoy working with people in a helping role.
2. What’s your favorite thing about being a therapist?
The connections I make with my clients. I truly look forward to seeing my clients week after week, and I feel honored to be a part of their journey. Seeing my clients make progress and move closer to achieving their goals is so fulfilling.
3. What is your general philosophy and approach to helping?
There is a common phrase used among social workers that sums up my approach: “Meet the client where they are at.” This means starting the change process according to the client’s needs and goals. Part of this for me is highlighting my clients innate strengths and resiliencies and making sure to incorporate this into our work together.
4. If you weren’t a therapist, what would you be doing instead, or what would your life be like?
I could see myself working at a school as a school social worker. I am really interested in the intersection between mental health and academic success.
5. What do you do as self-care? (Mindfulness practices, exercise, etc.)
Self-care for me consists of exercise (walking, running, yoga), reading a book, sitting on the beach and listening to the ocean, and spending time with my friends and family.
6. What’s your favorite quote or mantra?
I have so many favorite quotes and mantras, but one that stands out specifically in my work as a therapist is, “progress not perfection.”
7. What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
To trust in the universe and yourself!
8. If you could invite three famous people to dinner, alive or dead, who would they be?
Brene Brown, Princess Diana and Michelle Obama
9. What’s something you are most proud of?
My positive mindset. It’s not something that necessarily came naturally to me and I’ve worked hard to create and maintain it.
10. What do you wish other people knew about mental health?
That mental health exists on a continuum, it’s not an all or nothing thing. Our mental health is constantly in flux, it can change every day. It’s helpful to think of mental health like weather patterns, of which different emotions roll in and roll out. Everyone experiences mental health issues to some degree in their lifetime.