Hi, I’m Jennifer Norstrom, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in San Rafael and Petaluma, California. I began my journey into the healing arts about 20 years ago when I was pulled to explore the roots of physical and emotional pain. I studied herbal medicine and nutrition for a time in addition to massage therapy, and began working with people who had both physical and emotional ailments. Over time I realized that many of the women I worked with suffered from a history of relational abuse or neglect, which appeared to contributed to digestive issues and somatic complaints.
Through my own journey of several failed relationship attempts and subsequent life as a young single parent, I was determined to learn how to heal the roots of relational trauma and help other women to find strength, self-love, and happy relationships. I looked into the body-mind connection and found that the body held the imprint of the deepest hurts, needs, and longings of a person from child to adult. Along my path of work and self- reflection I realized that the need for closeness with others is a primary part of being human, if we only feel safe to do so and believe that we will be responded to in a positive way. After 10 years in the mental health field and work through my own therapy, I confidently extend my knowledge to you, so that you may truly find healing and long-term relationship satisfaction.
Training & Qualifications
California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA M.A. Counseling Psychology (2008-2010).
Internal Family Systems training for healing trauma dissociation. (2017)
JFK University, Berkeley, CA (2012) Treatment for Eating Disorders Certificate Trauma Processing with EMDR – Levels 1 & 2
Private Practice Clinical Internship for Relational Therapy at Oak Creek Counseling in Berkeley, CA. (2011-2013).
Family Service Agency of Marin, San Rafael, CA (2009-2011). Clinical Internship in Psychodynamic Therapy & EFT Couple’s Therapy
Open Portals, Nevada City, CA (2006-2007) Certified Cellular Memory Release Facilitator for Trauma Transformation (with Luis Diaz) – Levels 1-3 Non-violent Communication, Basic and Advanced
Heartwood Institute, Garberville, CA (1999-2000) Somatic Emotional Release Therapy Hakomi, Level 1.