Jill is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Maine. She is also able to provide telehealth services to residents of Florida. She has been working with children, adolescents, adults and families for more than 25 years. Her work has always had a strong trauma focus and she is trained in EMDR. Her work is also informed by Internal Family Systems, attachment theory, cognitive behavioral therapy, and family systems theory. She has a particular interest in working with adoptees and their families, and also helps her clients with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, grief and loss, and parenting concerns.
Jill’s interest in the MPE/NPE community occurred as a result of her own DNA surprise, which she calls an “NGE” (not grandparent expected) experience. She discovered through a commercial DNA test that her father was adopted and she was not biologically related to his side of her family. Her father had been estranged from his family for many years so she didn’t know them growing up. After her father’s death, she spent a number of years extensively researching his family, both historically and in the present, finding and getting to know living cousins. This was all born from her desire to better know her dad and to connect with this part of her heritage. It therefore came as quite a blow to find out that they were not her biological family. This experience gave her a new level of understanding of the common issues facing NPE’s, such as grief and loss, challenges to one’s identity, changes in family relationships, and challenges associated with contacting biological family.
Jill is licensed in Maine and Florida