Jennifer Gay, MS, LMFT-S
Counselor/Therapist4621 Ross Ave Ste 310 Dallas TX, 75204
Jennifer Gay, LMFT-S: Empowering Lives through Rethink Therapy Dallas
In today's fast-paced and demanding world, maintaining mental and emotional well-being has become increasingly important. As stressors continue to mount, many individuals find solace in therapy and counseling services. Among the skilled and compassionate professionals offering support, Jennifer Gay, LMFT-S, of Rethink Therapy Dallas, stands out as an exceptional therapist dedicated to empowering lives and promoting personal growth.
Jennifer Gay, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor (LMFT-S), possesses a unique blend of empathy and expertise. With years of experience in the field, she has helped countless individuals, couples, and families navigate their way through challenges, fostering resilience and emotional well-being.
What sets Jennifer apart is her commitment to tailoring her therapeutic approach to meet the specific needs of each client. Recognizing that every individual's journey is different, she employs a diverse range of evidence-based techniques to create a safe and supportive space for growth. Whether it's cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, or family systems therapy, Jennifer's versatile skill set allows her to customize treatment plans effectively.
Jennifer specializes in relationships and couples counseling, recognizing that the dynamics within partnerships can greatly impact emotional well-being. With a non-judgmental and compassionate approach, she helps couples address communication barriers, enhance emotional intimacy, and navigate conflicts. Jennifer's goal is to equip couples with the tools they need to build and maintain strong, healthy relationships.
Understanding that individual growth and family dynamics are closely intertwined, Jennifer offers individual and family therapy services. She assists individuals in overcoming challenges such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and life transitions. Moreover, Jennifer recognizes the significance of a harmonious family unit and facilitates healing, communication, and understanding within familial relationships.
Jennifer's clients consistently praise her ability to create a safe and supportive space where they can explore their thoughts and emotions openly. She fosters an atmosphere of trust and confidentiality, ensuring that individuals feel heard and valued throughout their therapeutic journey. Jennifer's warm and empathetic demeanor instantly puts her clients at ease, establishing a strong therapeutic alliance built on trust and respect.
Jennifer Gay is the owner and therapist supervisor at Rethink Therapy Dallas, a renowned counseling center known for its commitment to providing quality mental health services. The clinic's tranquil and welcoming environment complements Jennifer's therapeutic approach, allowing clients to feel at ease from the moment they step through the door.
If you are seeking a skilled and compassionate therapist dedicated to empowering your life and helping you navigate through challenges, look no further than Jennifer Gay, LMFT-S, at Rethink Therapy Dallas. With her expertise, tailored approach, and unwavering support, Jennifer is ready to guide you towards personal growth, resilience, and emotional well-being. Take the first step on your journey to a more fulfilling life by scheduling a session with Jennifer Gay today.
Education and Training
Texas Tech University M.S. MFT 2007
Jennifer Gay, MS, LMFT-S's Expert Contributions
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Yes, in some cases, therapy can initially cause anxiety, especially during the early stages of treatment. This is known as "therapist-induced anxiety" or "therapist-induced discomfort." It's important to understand that therapy involves addressing deep emotions, exploring difficult thoughts, and discussing challenging experiences, which can sometimes lead to feelings of discomfort, vulnerability, or anxiety. If therapy consistently causes severe or distressing anxiety, it's important to communicate this with the therapist. They can adjust their approach, provide additional support, or explore alternative therapeutic methods that might be more suitable for your needs. It's also possible that the anxiety being experienced is related to the content being discussed and could potentially be a valuable aspect of the therapeutic process, but it should be managed within the individual's comfort level. READ MORE
In general, therapy is considered a beneficial and effective treatment for depression. However, there can be instances where therapy may initially feel difficult or emotionally challenging, especially during the early stages of treatment. Sometimes, discussing and exploring deep-seated emotions and past experiences can temporarily increase distress before progress is made. This initial difficulty is known as “therapy’s dip” or “worsening effect” and is relatively common. It may occur as the individual begins to confront and process difficult emotions and experiences that have been suppressed or avoided. However, with continued therapy and the support of a skilled therapist, progress can be made, and the individual can experience improvement in their depression. READ MORE
Aggressive behavior may arise as a result of difficulties in impulse control, emotional regulation, and frustration tolerance, which are commonly associated with ADHD. I would also urge you to seek out a consultation with a therapist to rule out other possible issues like anxiety or depression, which usually present with ADHD. READ MORE
Treatment for bipolar disorder typically involves a combination of medication and psychotherapy. It’s essential to find a healthcare provider who is experienced in treating bipolar disorder and who can tailor the treatment plan to meet individual needs. Early intervention and ongoing care can greatly improve the quality of life for individuals with bipolar disorder. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of bipolar disorder, reach out to a mental health professional for assessment and support. READ MORE
Yes, therapy can be beneficial after a divorce. Going through a divorce can be an emotionally challenging and stressful experience, and therapy can provide valuable support during this difficult time. Everyone’s experience with divorce is unique, and therapy can be tailored to address individual needs and concerns. Whether you’re seeking support immediately after the divorce or dealing with emotions that resurface later, therapy can be a valuable resource to promote healing and growth. READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
Faculty Titles & Positions
- Adjunct Instructor Texas Tech University 2006 - 2017
- Texas Tech University Presidents Excellence in Gender Equality Award 2018 Texas Tech University
- Texas Tech University Ally of the Year Award 2018 Texas Tech University
- American Association of Marriage and Family Therapist
Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors
- Jim Collins Foundation
What do you attribute your success to?
- I attribute my success to falling down 7 times and getting up 8.
- Texas Tech University Presidents Excellence in Gender Equality AwardTexas Tech University Ally of the Year Award
Teaching and speaking
- SEXUAL ASSAULT TALK SHOW PARTICIPANT AND COORDINATOR 2015-2018: The Talk Show is an interactive 50-minute presentation aimed at helping students identify and challenge rape myths that exist within our culture. It is presented in a talk show format and encourages audience participation. This outreach is a training opportunity for our doctoral interns and practicum students to not only learn about sexual assault but also to learn about different outreach modalities. TRIGGERS AND STRESS- HOW DO WE MANAGE THEM 2016-2018-: THIS IS AN HOUR-LONG INTERACTIVE PRESENTATION FOR NURSING SCHOOL STUDENTS CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN THEIR MENTAL HEALTH CLASS TO HELP THEM LEARN HOW TO DEAL WITH THEIR OWN PERSONAL TRIGGERS THAT WILL ARISE WHEN WORKING WITH PATIENTS. SINCE IMPLEMENTING THIS TRAINING THE NURSING SCHOOL HAS SEEN A 75% REDUCTION IN STUDENTS LEAVING CLASS BECAUSE THEY ARE HAVING A PERSONAL REACTION TO THE MENTAL HEALTH COURSE CONTENT. INCLUSIVE SEX ED-OCTOBER 2017: PROGRAM CREATED AS PART OF TTU PRIDE WEEK. THIS HOUR- LONG INTERACTIVE PRESENTATION FOCUSED ON LGBTQ+ INCLUSIVE SEX ED, EDUCATING STUDENTS ABOUT METHODS OF PROTECTION, CONSENT, AND RELATIONSHIP BOUNDARIES. INCLUSIVE SEX ED: PANEL DISCUSSION- NOVEMBER 2017: FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT CREATED DURING WORLD AIDS DAY AND IN PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN TTU SCC AND THE TTUS RISE (RISK INTERVENTION SAFETY EDUCATION) DEPARTMENT AS PART OF #LETSENDITLBK PROVIDED EDUCATION ON HIV AND AIDS RATES, METHODS OF PREVENTION, TREATMENT AND TESTING, AS WELL AS HOW TO HAVE HEALTHY COMMUNICATION, RELATIONSHIPS, AND SEX WHEN DEALING WITH HIV AND AIDS. NURSING SCHOOL ORIENTATION-YOUVE MADE IT...NOW WHAT 2018: CREATED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SCHOOL OF NURSING STUDENT AFFAIRS OFFICE. PRESENTED IN A SMALL GROUP SETTING THIS INTERACTIVE TALK IS DESIGNED TO HELP CALM THE FEARS AND ANXIETIES OF INCOMING NURSING STUDENTS AS WELL AS PROVIDE INSIGHT FROM LEVEL 3 NURSING STUDENTS AND PROVIDE INFORMATION ON MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES BOTH ON AND OFF CAMPUS. ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT? Working with LGBTQIA Students Through a developmental Lens 2018: What does it mean developmentally to be an LGBTQ+ emerging adult and why does that sometimes look different than a non-LGBTQ+ emerging adult? How can we support our LGBTQ+ students and help them thrive in an academic setting? Where are the sticking points and how can we help? Faculty Panel on Experiences with LGBTQIA Individuals and Topics of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity 2018: How can you be an authentic ally to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) students?
Favorite Place to Vacation
- Any Beach
Jennifer Gay, MS, LMFT-S's Practice location
Dallas, TX 75204Get Direction
Get to know Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Dr. Jennifer Gay, who serves patients in Texas.
A licensed marriage and family therapist, Jennifer Gay guides and supports clients through their own journey from pain and confusion to ease and joy. She is the Owner of ReThink Therapy, PLLC in Dallas, Texas.
In that role, she helps individuals, couples, and families deal with a diverse array of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, infidelity, and gender dysphoria. She also provides support for LGBTQ+ families to help them navigate the waters after their family member has come out to them as gay, lesbian, or transgender.
With a mix of therapeutic interventions and personal coaching, her goal is to help individuals, couples, and families gain a better understanding of their needs and go from a place of tolerance to acceptance.
“My approach to therapy is authentic, down to earth, and honest. I pride myself on creating a nurturing environment where individuals and couples, from all walks of life, can explore what’s keeping them stuck, identify their core needs, and learn how to effectively communicate these needs to create meaningful and lasting change. I firmly believe that coming to know who we truly are can have an enormous benefit in all phases of our life, whether it be as an individual or within the context of a personal or family relationship” expressed Dr. Gay.
At Texas Tech University, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies & her Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Her special training includes Brainspotting Level 1&2, Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional, Gottman Couples Therapy Level 1&2, Certified Discernment Counselor, Parent Coordination Training: Texas Parent Coordination Model as Defined by House Bill 555, Play Therapy Training: University of North Texas, and AAMFT Approved Supervisor Training.
“I grew up in a less-than-ideal household. Addiction and abuse were in no short supply. Shortly after, I found myself dealing with an abusive marriage that was followed by a divorce with kids involved. This is something I do not wish on anyone. I became passionate about understanding how to move past our difficulties and setbacks. I learned what it takes to build strong relationships and connections after a lifetime of struggling to do this” stated Ms. Gay.
In the years that she has been in practice, she has worked in a variety of settings from community mental health, college counseling centers, to private practice. She has also worked with many different types of clients, including children, couples on the brink of divorce, and everything in-between.
As a life long learner and someone who is passionate about diversity and equality, Jennifer Gay has spent years educating doctors, lawyers, and other psychotherapists on how to practice in a way that is inclusive of all genders, sexualities, and cultures.
On a professional level, she is a Clinical Fellow Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs) are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy and family systems, and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders within the context of marriage, couples and family systems. They are a highly experienced group of practitioners, with an average of 13 years of clinical practice in the field of marriage and family therapy.
Listed in Best Marriage Therapists in Dallas, Jennifer Gay has been the recipient of the President’s Excellence in Gender Equity Award from the Gender Equity Council at Texas Tech University (2018) for her work as the Allies Coordinator for the Texas Tech University System educating faculty, staff, and students about LGBTQ+ issues on campus and facilitating Allies Trainings throughout the University as well as at other universities across Texas.
On a more personal note, Dr. Gay’s favorite place to vacation is anywhere on a beach.
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