About Me

Jenna Holden, PsyD, LMFT, MS

   I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and doctor of psychology, and it is my passion to guide my clients through their unique emotional transformations. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area until I moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California; I graduated from USC with a Bachelors of Arts in Social Sciences with an Emphasis in Psychology. I then moved to Orange County to attend Vanguard University of Southern California where I earned my Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology and completed the MFT licensure requirements, as well as several other intensive specialized therapy trainings. Soon thereafter, I completed the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program (PsyD) at California Southern University to further sharpen my skills as a therapist, and keep up with the latest and best forms of therapy for my clients. I have been practicing therapy for over 10 years. 

   I draw from several different modalities to create treatment plans that are tailored to meet each of my client's specific needs and preferences through talk therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Attachment techniques; I also use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) for trauma resolution. I completed the EFT externship where I studied directly under the creator and founder, Dr. Sue Johnson, clinical psychologist, author, researcher, professor, and innovator in the field of couples' psychology. In EFT, we explore the patterns in your relationship that aren't working for you, create a more secure bond, and increase trust to move the relationship in a healthier, more positive direction. EFT techniques are helpful outside of couples work as well, and can be used to improve interpersonal relationships (i.e., building/ maintaining friendships and workplace interactions), family dynamics, and communication skills. Attachment work explores our early experiences that affect how we see ourselves and relate to others. The focus is on expressing emotions and rebuilding trust to promote healthy adult relationships, improved levels of self-worth, and decreased symptoms of anxiety and depression. EMDR is an integrative approach involving the reprocessing of traumatic memories on a neurological level to treat a variety of presenting problems, including panic attacks, complicated grief, disturbing memories, phobias, pain disorders, performance anxiety, general anxiety, PTSD, stress reduction, sexual and/or physical abuse, body image issues, anger- management, and more. Please see below for more detailed information about EMDR.

   I have worked with many different ages and populations since beginning my counseling career in clinical psychology. I spent several years helping children and adolescents overcome emotional distress from issues they faced at home, school, and in their ever-changing personal lives, both as a school-based counselor and off-site as a therapist. I then worked at a clinic with a client focus of anxiety and personality disorders, helping my clients work through traumas and maladaptive patterns of thinking and behavior towards more adaptive and fulfilling states of emotional well-being. I currently work with adults, couples, and families struggling with depression, anxiety, relational troubles, low self-esteem, communication skills, pre-marital/marital counseling, stress management, goal-setting and attainment, trauma, coping with transitional life-events, and more.

Experiencing EMDR Therapy

   EMDR is a form of therapy that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences that contribute to difficult emotional experiences. EMDR has been extensively researched and empirically proven effective for the treatment of trauma. After the therapist and the client agree that EMDR therapy is a good fit, the work can begin. The client will be asked to focus on a specific event. Attention will be given to a negative image, belief, and body sensation related to this event, and then to a positive belief that would be more adaptive. While the client focuses on the upsetting event, the therapist will begin sets of bilateral stimulation, including side-to-side handheld "tappers", eye-movements, or sounds. The client will be guided to notice what comes to mind after each set. They may experience shifts in insight or changes in images, feelings, or beliefs regarding the event. The client has full control to stop the therapist at any point, if needed. The sets of eye movements, sounds, or taps are repeated until the event becomes less disturbing. (EMDRIA, 2019)