Jacque Pfeifer, MAMFT is one of four therapists to join LifeWorks this year through the Green House, our postgraduate psychotherapy training and mentoring program.
What first drew you to the Green House?
Initially, I was drawn to the Green House program because I am passionate about working with marginalized communities, especially the non-monogamy and LGBTQ communities. As I learned more about the Green House and the clinicians who developed it, I confirmed this opportunity would be an asset for me as a couples and family therapist.
As a new clinician, I believe that it is my responsibility to continue to embrace, understand, and mold my therapist identity as well as continually challenging myself to be a culturally sensitive, socially just therapist. Lastly, coming from a child welfare/community mental health background, I was enthralled to have the opportunity and privilege to gain more experience working with long-term clients outside of an agency setting.
Tell us about your goals, challenges and aspirations—what are you hoping for in 2017 and beyond?
Hmmm… 2017. 2017 looks like it has a lot to process already. With all of the political turmoil and confusion, I am trying to find some peace and grounding in my therapeutic practice, both here and at the agency where I am currently practicing. I think that LifeWorks is providing a helping hand in giving me some much-needed balance and structure. I am hopeful that this year of learning will provide a gracious next step regarding my self-work, in order to move forward in my role as a therapist with intentionally and raised consciousness.
What are you most looking forward to in the Green House?
I anticipate using this training to become a more skilled and aware clinician within the marginalized communities that I want to support. I am excited about diving into process work and depth psychotherapy and incorporating that into my long-term practice. I am naturally partial to a more in-depth relationship with my clients, to helping them understand what may not be fully in their awareness in hopes of guiding them through the chaos and supporting their healing from the trauma and confusion of their past. I have always felt drawn this level of commitment to my clients and wanting to sit alongside them in their healing. I am also looking forward to connecting deeper to my cohort of colleagues and to collaborating with them through my Green House year as well as throughout my career.