Jennifer Nemecek, JD (she/her)
Psychotherapy is a journey of growth and healing. We often know we want to live a more joyful and fulfilling life, but we’re just not sure how. Too often, shame makes us shut down and close ourselves off. As an advanced clinical social work intern at Wildflower, I strive to provide a warm, non-judgmental space that encourages clients’ authenticity and vulnerability. I have a conversational, collaborative style and together we can identify the challenges that keep you from living whatever life it is that you want to live and develop a plan to address these obstacles. As an attorney making the career change to psychotherapist, I understand how it feels to want significant changes in your life, what a challenging process it can be to make them, and how meaningful it is when you live true to yourself. It’s an honor to walk alongside my clients as they embark on their journeys.
I welcome individuals of all backgrounds and identities. I am sex-positive, trauma-informed, LGBTQIA+ and kink/BDSM-friendly, and I practice from anti-racist and feminist perspectives. My clinical interests include relational-cultural, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioral approaches. In my first-year graduate practicum, I counseled survivors of sexual assault and complex trauma. My therapeutic interests include depression, anxiety, sexual functioning, gender identity, communication, grief, trauma, and self-esteem.
I’m completing my Master’s degree in clinical social work at the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. I earned a dual Bachelor’s degree in history and gender studies at the University of Southern California. I received my law degree from Southwestern Law School.
Selected training and affiliation
Trauma-Informed Care Training
40-Hour Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor and Advocate Certification Training
30 Hour Crisis Counselor Training
Laughter is powerful medicine and humor has a place in therapy.
Suffering is an inevitable part of being human and it takes great courage to confront your pain.
People benefit enormously from being fully seen and fully understood.
More about me
I was born and raised in California and while Chicago winters are long, I find the change of seasons both energizing and comforting.
Live music outside on a warm summer night with people I love brings me great joy.
A few of my favorite things are animals, documentaries, and sushi.