Jenifer Hope works from UB’s Evanston North Shore counseling office. She has over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She received her Masters degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Forensic Psychology with a clinical track.
What made you become a therapist?
Growing up, I was always very interested in crime and what causes people to commit crime, and that brought me to study psychology in college and grad school. There I worked with kids and families who were involved in the criminal world. This work really affected me. Everyone’s journey is important and deserves to be heard. Everyone can benefit from having a guide to help tackle the bumpy parts of their own journey.
What are your specialties?
Depression, anxiety/Phobias, life transitions, teens, adults, couples, and pre and post baby counseling.
Did you have a career before becoming a therapist?
Before I was a licensed therapist, I always worked with youth and families as a case manager, or counselor in a hospital or community health setting.
Why do you believe that counseling can help?
Having a third, non bias, non judgmental person as a sounding board can be truly amazing. Counseling can help anyone, whether it is simply having someone listen to you to help validate your life, or to have someone help you make progress and healthy changes.
Why is it important to seek counseling?
Seeking counseling can be life changing. It is important to get everything out of your head and out into the world so you can evaluate what is working for you and what is not, and find out how you can change for the better.
Favorite Self Care Activities:
Riding my bike, reading, swimming, talking with friends.