Jenna Waterbury, LCSW

My name is Jenna Waterbury and I am the owner/operator of New Beginnings as well as the primary therapist. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of Florida and Michigan.

I’ve been helping people professionally for over fifteen years. I began my career in 2001 in the field of family preservation and family reunification, My first post graduate position was with Families First of Jackson and Washtenaw Counties located in MI. As a therapist and supervisor, I worked alongside high-risk families who were facing challenges that included substance abuse, domestic violence, drug addiction, physical abuse or neglect of their children, homelessness, or other struggles.

In 2009 while still in Michigan, I began working for Adrian Public Schools as the manager for The Early Head Start program in Lenawee County. I oversaw education and family services that were provided to pregnant women and children ages birth through five. I’ve always had an interest in child development including the prenatal experience. I have a curiosity for how childhood experiences affect who we will later become as adults. This position led me into the field of Infant Mental Health.

In 2009, I discovered the field of Infant Mental Health and began studying how the prenatal experience and the first few years of life provide the foundation for children’s mental health and social-emotional development. Each child establishes an attachment pattern in early childhood based on their interactions with their caregivers. This attachment pattern (whether good or bad) continues to function as a model for relationships they develop in adulthood. This model of attachment influences how each of us reacts to our needs and how we go about getting them met. Sometimes we attempt to meet our needs in unhealthy ways or as a result of trauma we experienced as a child or we end up having mental health issues later in life such as anxiety, depression, mood disorders, etc.

Regardless of how we get there, I believe we all encounter challenges in life where help from an unbiased party may be beneficial. That’s where a therapist like myself or another may be of support to you. I provide individual, couple and family counseling.

My area of expertise is trauma – in particular, I am interested in helping you understand the impacts of how the issues you faced in your childhood whether it be from those early attachment years or related to trauma you may have experienced later in life as an adolescent, teenager or in adulthood – may be affecting your current mental health and affecting your current quality of life; how they may be affecting relationships with your partner/family/friends; and assist you in repairing these so that they are not repeated when parenting. I also work with you to recognize and stop patterns of transgenerational transfer of trauma. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression and behavioral issues and have extensive experience working with both adults and children. I regularly work with couples & those who are experiencing relationship challenges.

I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Disorder (also known as EMDR) Please check out out “Services Provided” Tab for additional information on how EMDR may be of benefit to you. I incorporate other methods into my sessions with clients such as psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, mindfulness practices, etc.