Jennifer Joy Keener, MSSW, LSWAIC, MHP
Adoption Savvy Associate
Hi! My name is Jennifer Joy Keener, LSWAIC. I am a Licensed Social Work Associate Clinician and Mental Health Professional in the State of Washington. I specialize in working with children, teens, adults and families impacted by adoption, foster care, trauma, attachment challenges, and grief. I am also the Birth Mom of a teenage daughter in an open adoption. My passion, both professionally and personally, is to bring hope and healing to the adoption community, through providing attachment focused therapy services to those in the adoption constellation.
I currently have a private practice as an adoption and trauma therapist, with locations in North Seattle and Federal Way, WA. I also offer teleconference consultation and (birth/adoptive) parent coaching to those who live out of the area, as a way to help remove the barriers associated with accessing truly adoption-competent (or as we like to say, Adoption Savvy) services. I strongly believe each person has the ability to become their best self when given opportunities to move through the roadblocks that keep us stuck. I meet my clients where they are and support them as we navigate together towards overcoming.
I graduated from the University of Washington with my Bachelors in Social Welfare in 2014 where I spent time in Child Welfare and later as a Social Worker at an adoption agency. In 2017 I graduated with my Masters of Arts in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University and returned to the Pacific Northwest to continue to support adoptive families, birth parents, and adoptees. In 2019 I was certified in Attachment and Trauma Focused Therapy (ATFT), with Deborah Gray and I have had the honored opportunity to train other professionals alongside her as she helps other clinicians become adoption savvy.
I utilize Family Systems Theory, Attachment Theory, TF-CBT, ATFT, Sand Tray, and Filial Play Therapy, and am trained in the PATCh Program (Parenting Adopted and Traumatized Children). which includes 12-16 weeks of individual attachment and attunement therapy and 6 weeks of group therapy. I work from a strength based, attachment and relational therapeutic approach, believing relationships are key to how we understand and move through the world. It is through breaks in relationship (attachment) where the deepest harm happens, so it is within relationship that our healing must occur. I am passionate about helping parents learn parenting techniques that increase secure attachment with their children so they can be a safe base for their child to explore the world. Each person has strengths we can identify and use as a starting place for growth and change. I enjoy working with people from all developmental and chronological ages.
Amy Barker D'Alessandro, LMHC has been my mentor, colleague, and dear friend since 2011 when we met at the Refresh Conference (a local conference for foster and adoptive families) and decided to get coffee as we learned we share many of the same passions for those impacted by trauma, foster care, and adoption. We soon started our Seattle Area Birth Mom Club, recognizing the need for therapeutic services for the birth mother community in the Pacific Northwest. We co-facilitated our first annual Northwest Birth Mother's Retreat shortly thereafter and continue to offer annual Birth Mother Retreats in the Seattle area. I am the founder of The Invisible Grief Project, which exists to help turn birth parent's grief into joy through a supportive online community, visual arts expression, and promoting the reduction of stigma associated with adoption. Amy and I facilitate various events, groups, and retreats for adult adoptees, adoptive families and birth mothers through out the year. I live in South King county with my husband of 8 years and my crazy-eyed Boston Terrier/French Bulldog mix, Abu-Doggie.
My fee-for-service for a 50 minute session is $100 and may be partially covered by Adoption Support for those adopted from foster care.
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