Jennifer Rickard, M.S., LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Certified EMDR Clinician
I always say finding the right therapist is based upon the “goodness of fit model”- whether my therapeutic style and personality are the right fit for you. So let me share a little more about myself, so you can decide if we would work well together.
Most clients describe me as authentic and down-to-earth. One person mentioned, “It’s like hanging out on the back porch drinking coffee with a neighbor.” I thoroughly enjoy what I do and find the conversations with my clients stimulating and meaningful.
A personal value of mine is to practice what I preach. I do not ask you to engage in treatment modalities I have not practiced myself. Health and wellbeing is the backbone of my personal life practice and is an ongoing pursuit of my growth and learning. The exploration of the mind-body connection and various healing modalities within both my personal and professional life have provided me with an in-depth understanding of the interplay between physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health and happiness.
As a couple and family therapist, I have a strong conviction in the healing power of healthy relationships and connecting to oneself and others. Therefore, in addition to my practice as a psychotherapist, I am a passionate advocate and consultant in the community. It is my vision to connect individuals, families, institutions and communities in mutually supportive relationships that foster health and well-being for all.
I have been practicing as a couple and family therapist and clinical supervisor for over 17 years, with a prior decade of working in the nonprofit, community mental health sector in a variety of roles. Please visit my LinkedIn profile for additional information about my career.
In my time off, I enjoy nature, hiking, camping, meditation, art and culture, community activism and learning about new things.
Education and Training
Bachelor of arts degree in Counseling Psychology – The College of Santa Fe, NM
Master of science in Marriage and Family Therapy – San Diego State University
AAMFT approved clinical supervisor training and certification process
Advanced training courses in
EMDR Therapy (eye movement and desensitization and reprocessing)
Interpersonal Violence (community and domestic violence/sexual assault/child abuse/molest/military combat)
LGBTQ issues and Gender Affirming Therapy
Eating disorders and body image issues
Positive Discipline Parent Education
Hernandez, P., Rickard, J. & Giambruno, P. (2008). Transformative family therapy with a lesbian couple: a case study, Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 20(4), 281-298
California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT# 49200)
Certified EMDR clinician
TF-CBT Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)