"We were so hesitant to call a counselor. We were relatively new foster parents and didn’t understand that we had a choice in who counseled our foster children. We had had a bad experience with a court ordered psychiatrist and while we knew we could ask for a counselor, we assumed the State would pick which one. However, we reached a point where we knew we needed help and discovered after asking our caseworker that we did have the freedom to pick as long as the counselor accepted medicaid.
We met Jen when she was with McGuire Christian Counseling. She fit right in with our family and somehow gained the trust of our kids almost immediately. Because of her faith and gift of discernment she was able to point our entire family to Christ as the Great Healer of all. She addressed the issues we had without judgement and without labels. She treated the kids with loving respect and honesty, never sugar-coating their past experiences but always pointing them to the truth. She never rushed and always had time to answer our questions and give advice even throughout the week.
My oldest daughter struggles with anxiety. For a year, she would not allow me to brush, let alone fix her hair. Jen began counseling her and helped us with ways to help her cope with her anxiety. I will never forget the moment she proudly came to me after a counseling session with her hair fixed in beautiful rope-braids! She allowed Jen to show me how and fixing her hair has become one of my favorite things to do.
I see Jesus in Jen every time I am with her. Her enthusiasm and passion for families is contagious! Her experience is vast and she is incredibly wise. Her wisdom comes from God and because of that her judgement is sound. I feel very lucky to have found a counselor who shares our family’s worldview and love for Jesus. She was and continues to be incredibly encouraging to me and I’m so grateful we made the call to her for counseling. She is and always will be a part of our family and we love her very much."
-Kristal Black, Zero 2 Five