One thing that I have always been acutely aware of is my passion to be of service to others. I have dedicated my life, particularly my career, to being an agent of healing and positive change. I believe that creating trust and safety within the therapeutic relationship is necessary in order for healing and change to occur within the therapeutic process. I therefore place great emphasis on the powerful healing qualities of the therapeutic relationship. In doing so, I use a collaborative, nurturing, and compassionate approach to create and hold safe space for each person with whom I work. My warm personality and genuine interactions helps others to feel at ease with the therapeutic process. Once a sense of safety is secure within the therapeutic relationship, I utilize an approach that is Client-Centered and Interpersonally based while utilizing evidenced-based strategies to inspire and create change, increase healthy coping skills, decrease dysfunctional patterns, and relieve suffering. I also am able to hold people accountable for doing their own therapeutic work, making the changes they have committed to making, and living healthy lives. The evidenced-based strategies that I utilize most often in conjunction with the Client-Centered and Interpersonal approaches are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness techniques. Furthermore in my work, I focus on the whole individual, addressing one’s mind, body, emotions, and spirit.
I am trained and licensed as a Clinical Psychologist and have worked with individuals, couples, families, and groups in various settings, including community mental health clinics, residential treatment centers, an emergency shelter for children and adolescents in the foster care system, outpatient clinics, a college counseling center, and private practice. I have worked with children, adolescents, college-aged individuals, and adults. My areas of clinical interest include, but are not limited to, eating disorders, identity development, relationship issues, interpersonal patterns, anxiety and mood disorders, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, learning disorders and ADHD, women’s issues, parenting issues, infertility, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) issues.
In addition to psychotherapy, I provide psychological assessments within my practice. These assessments include IQ, gifted, learning disability, and personality assessments. I am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and am licensed as a psychologist in the states of Florida and Michigan.
Outside the scope of psychological services, I am also a trained and certified Jikiden Reiki practitioner and offer this service as another form of healing.
I have always been someone who connects well with others through listening and being mindfully present, which has allowed me to remain genuine and true to my values in my role as a clinician. I think of therapy as a safe space to truly be heard, a place to catch your breath, and gain support in processing and sorting through difficult emotions and situations. Authenticity, humor, and connection are core values in my personal life and my work as a clinician. I believe a positive and trusting therapeutic alliance between myself and my clients can be a unique comfort and allows us to explore vulnerable emotions and difficulties while also holding space for appreciating humor and finding hope. My greatest joy as a clinician is celebrating with clients as they make progress towards achieving their goals and greater overall wellness.
My therapeutic style is best described as Client-Centered and Interpersonal; however, I find it helpful to tailor my style to fit my clients’ individual needs, personality, and presenting concerns by including techniques from evidence-based strategies. I enjoy incorporating mindfulness and relaxation techniques, art, play therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) techniques. I believe therapy is flexible and should be a collaborative process between my clients and myself. Therapy will look different for every individual and what may work at one point in someone’s journey may shift depending on changing circumstances and redefined goals.
I am trained and licensed as a Clinical Psychologist and have worked with individuals, groups, and families. I have experience in a variety of settings including community mental health centers, schools, day treatment programs for adolescents, a juvenile justice center, private practice, and in adult crisis services. My passion is working with teens and young adults, but I enjoy and have experience working with individuals of all ages. My interests include but are not limited to: difficulties with trauma, eating disorders, oppositional behaviors, mood disorders, identity development, LGBTQ, relationships, and substance use.
As a intregative-holistic therapist, I view wellness from a whole person lens, where I tailor therapy to fit all aspects of your being. I believe in the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit as being the foundation to overall mental wellness. Healing is a holistic and collaborative journey, in which all humans have the ability to be the most authentic versions of themselves. As your clinician, I believe that you have all the answers within you and I find it an honor to have the opportunity to walk with you on your journey towards mental wellness. It is my goal then, to empower you to find wholeness and healing within yourself.
My empathetic and warm nature helps to foster a safe environment for you to process your thoughts and emotions. I believe that the individual is the sole expert on their life and each person is whole and unique. I specialize in the ability to integrate an array of mind-body practices with traditional psychotherapy. As such, I utilize an array of integrative interpersonal approaches with a mindfulness backbone that include but are not limited to, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT), humanistic, and psychodynamic.
I have a broad range of training in interdisciplinary settings including community mental health, inpatient and residential hospitals, partial day hospital, child and adult crisis centers, neuropsychological and personality assessment, and private practice. I have worked with individuals, couples, families, and groups in a broad range of client populations from children through older adults. Some of my specialties include domestic violence and relational difficulties, self-awareness and existential/spirituality issues, grief and loss, LGBTQ, eating disorders, women issues, interpersonal and childhood trauma, and addiction. During my doctoral internship year, I worked at WellSpan Philhaven, a multidisciplinary hospital setting, where I gained a broad range of experience working with mood disorders, psychosis, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and neuropsychological and personality testing experience. I have the ability to administer and interpret assessments for children and adults for intellectual, academic, neuropsychological, behavioral, and personality functioning.
I also have training in trauma-informed yoga (200RYT), Reiki Master Teacher (RMT), spiritually-integrated psychotherapy, mindfulness-based approaches, and meditation, where I apply practices that suit your healing journey. I understand that balance is an integral part of healing and I value the ability to being a supportive and warm presence as you become empowered in healing yourself.
Carianne Archer, M.A., is a Graduate Associate providing psychotherapy at Dr. Jenna Elwart & Associates, PLLC, working under the direct supervision of Dr. Jenna Elwart. Carianne is in her third year at the Florida School of Professional Psychology (FSPP) at National Louis University, where she is pursuing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy from East Carolina University in 2012 and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from FSPP in 2019. Carianne has experience working with individuals with disabilities and mental health disorders in schools, parks and recreation, residential care facilities, and in behavioral health treatment centers. Her experience has included working with children and adolescents, adults with general and severe mental health issues, adults with dual diagnoses, as well as the geriatric population. Cariannehas a great deal of compassion and naturally wants to help improve the lives of others as much as she can through empathic listening and establishing genuine relationships. She strives to be a nonjudgmental, safe space for anyone to come to in times of need.
Kristina Llorens, Office Manager