Jennifer Kerr, LMFTA
Hello! My name is Jennifer Kerr, and I have been a practitioner of wellness, healing, and therapeutic modalities for over 15 years. I am a certified yoga instructor and meditation teacher. I have my BA in Psychology from SUNY Stony Brook and a Master's in Marriage and Family therapy from Southern Connecticut State University.
I am interested in supporting others as they explore their internal and external systems through theories and techniques such as Interpersonal Neurobiology, Narrative therapy, Polyvagal theory, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness Theory. I also practice EMDR, and I am currently working on my certification through the EMDR Institute.
I work with individuals, couples, and families and focus on a range of dis-eases such as anxiety, depression, grief, transitions, substance use disorders, and holistic wellness support. I actively facilitate a range of groups to support clients in discovering self and health. The work I do aligns with my dedication and curiosity to explore the human experience.
I enjoy writing fiction and non-fiction, fueling my mind with constant learning, immersing myself in the natural world, and being a proud couch potato. I am a mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend, and niece to the people I love the most in this world
Nicole Rotovnik, LPCA
I attended Western Connecticut State University on and off from 2005 until I finally graduated in 2013 with a Bachelors in Psychology. It took changing my major three times until I finally landed on psychology after taking a psychology class as an elective that lit me up so much inside, I knew I finally found my calling. I decided to go back to school in 2016 to obtain my masters as I was seeking more options in the field than my bachelors would allow for. I attended the University of New Haven and I graduated with my Masters in Community Psychology with a concentration in forensic psychology.
My purpose in this lifetime is to help my community heal. By making a commitment to myself and my lifelong healing journey, I hope to hold hands with others that are seeking their own healing and walk with them as they return home to themselves. Healing can only happen when we are feeling safe and my first priority is to create a safe space for those who are interested in working with me. Once that safe space is created, healing will know no bounds.
If I could watch one show for the rest of my life, there is no doubt in my mind it would be I Love Lucy. I find myself relating so much to Lucy’s quirky, clumsy ways in each episode and it makes me giggle no matter how many times I have seen it.
I am someone who desperately needs seasons. Living in the northeast allows for the most beautiful opportunities to experience all of the wonders the incredible Mother Earth has to offer. Although I am partial to fall and the beauty we are blessed with as the leaves change their colors, the first snowfall of the winter, the emergence of the little buds on the trees in the spring and sitting next to the ocean on a hot summer day fill my heart with such joy. I still struggle with my lefts and my rights. Any game time decision that requires a quick left or right will usually result in my giving the wrong direction. A quick “go right” will almost always be followed up with “umm I meant left” or vice versa. My family will now ask me “is it right or is it your right?”
I am a sucker for soft lighting and ambiance. As I mentioned earlier, the way a space makes you feel is everything. Any space where there is a dim light, candles lit or a nice golden hour sun shining through makes my body feel at ease. I always try to take a moment to pause, take a deep inhale/exhale and just relish in the peace for a few seconds.
Frank Sinatra lights up my life. The sound of his voice and the songs he sings are top notch. I struggle with being the center of attention. I am learning through my own healing how I am worthy of taking up space and the things that I have to say and do matter. It is an ongoing process of two steps forward and two steps back but as I get older I find myself feeling more confident in who I am as a person.
Life Teachers Along the Way!
One of the earliest teachers I can remember was my actual third grade teacher, Ms. Thurmond. I was painfully shy in school and almost never spoke up in class. She always met me where I was at and was always so patient and kind. During a time in my life where things were feeling out of control, she provided me with a safe, loving place to land. And although I remained quite shy during class, I always felt safe in her presence, safe enough to take a risk in raising my hand from time to time and she always called on me to provide me with an opportunity to speak even when others had their hands up, she always called on me. I remember the summer after third grade my mom would drop me off to her home once a week and we would work on math together. We would sit at her dining room table, and she would bake fresh cookies every week for our session, and it was such a treat. On reflection, I am certainly no math whiz (as a matter of fact I am still terrible at math), but I will never forget the time she spent with me. It is like she understood who I was and knew exactly what I needed in those moments, and it was that which was most important, not my ability to do math.
One of the greatest reflections of unconditional love I have ever experienced is with my dog, Tyson. He is 11 years old and 14 pounds of sheer confidence. Having absolutely no idea of his very, very small stature, Tyson truly embodies all that he is with no understanding of his limitations based on his size. I am positive that when he sees a reflection of himself, he sees a great wolf looking back and not a tiny Border Terrier. He has taught me patience; he has loved me regardless of what I have to offer, and he has shown me what it means to truly believe in yourself no matter what. The keeper of all my secrets (because of course we talk to our pets like they know exactly what we are saying) and the best cuddler in times of need, Tyson is one of the greatest gifts the world could have ever given me, and I am forever grateful for him.