Jennifer Alonso, Licensed Psychologist
PhD, Clinical Psychology, Brigham Young University; CGP, Certified Group Psychotherapist
Dr. Alonso’s passion is in group psychotherapy. She admires the courage and commitment it takes to participate in a therapy group, and has seen hundreds of students increase in self-understanding and growth from group. Dr. Alonso is one of only a few Certified Group Therapists in North Central Florida. In addition, she serves as the CWC’s Group Therapy Coordinator and has assisted the program in growing more than 30% under her leadership. Other professional interests include depression and anxiety reduction, building coping skills, improving interpersonal relationships (e.g. family of origin concerns), diversity and multiculturalism, (e.g., LGBTQIA, international students), positive psychology, and helping people achieve balance and authenticity. She also conducts psychological assessments.
Approach to Therapy
She utilizes Interpersonal Process, Cognitive Behavioral, and Emotional Focused theoretical approaches most frequently in her therapy work with clients. Thus, the sessions often focus on creating a strong, collaborative connection where the client feels safe and supported, in addition to exploring emotions, thoughts and behaviors, and creating positively framed goals to facilitate change.
Approach to Supervision
Dr. Alonso provides a developmental approach to supervision. Similar to a therapeutic relationship, she focuses on creating a strong collaborative connection so that the trainee feels the setting is safe and supportive. She believes in encouraging self-reflection, exploring the trainee’s impact on the therapeutic relationship, frequently checking in on the trainee’s goals, and utilizing a variety of means to assess and discuss strength and growth edges (e.g., watching full sessions, role plays, etc.).
Approach to Wellness
She maintains a balance outside of work by doing something fun every day. She spends her free time with her family and therapy dog in training, reading books, connecting with friends, traveling, making crafts and baking chocolate filled treats.
Dr. Alonso is a member of, and regularly offers presentations for, the American Group Psychotherapy Association and American Psychological Association (APA). She currently serves as on the executive board for APA’s Division 49, the Society for Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy. She was nominated by her peers and awarded a UF Superior Accomplishment Award in 2014.