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Jenn Laurenza is a creative nonfiction writer, licensed psychotherapist, group therapy practice owner, and part-time, college instructor at Curry College and Northeastern University. She has two Master's degrees (a Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction Writing) and she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education at Endicott College.
Jenn aims to provide a creative, compassionate, collaborative, and down-to-earth approach to working with people of varied socioeconomic backgrounds, ages, racial and ethnic identities, educational backgrounds, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities. She is committed to social and racial justice and is a fierce advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.
Jenn has worked within community mental health, juvenile justice settings, diversion programs, school dropout prevention, substance use treatment (including an opioid treatment program), and a federally qualified health center. In addition to her work as a clinician, she has served as an administrative faculty member, college instructor, clinical supervisor, clinical consultant, ESOL instructor, senior grant writer, and project planner/manager.
In 2021, Jenn co-authored a textbook chapter on the Systemic Influences That Impact Development When Counseling Children and Adolescents (https://connect.springerpub.com/content/book/978-0-8261-4764-6/part/part01/chapter/ch02).
As a teacher, she encourages students’ insights, feedback, and questions about the material. She believes wholeheartedly that creating a learning environment where questions are encouraged and honored is pivotal to student learning. She integrates her mental health expertise and experience into her teaching through trauma-informed teaching and learning practices.