Boxing & Therapy

As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (#MC60874794) in the state of Washington, Jen earned both her bachelor degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Philosophy (2009) as well as her Masters of Psychology – Existential Phenomenological Therapeutic Counseling (2016) at Seattle University. She has experience working in a variety of therapeutic settings including community mental health, inpatient geriatric mental health, and with Alaska Natives. Through her Existential and Humanistic  approach, she believes that change and growth are inevitable in both our individual lives and in the world around us. It is our reactions to these changes that reveal our personal experiences and worldview. Additionally, Jen focuses on the somatic approach of Gendlin’s felt sense in her discovery of boxing therapy. As a former athlete, she believes that some trauma and unconscious emotions are hidden in our bodies and come to the surface when we physicalize our emotions.

Jen began amateur boxing in 2009 as a way to express herself through sport. Through competition, she found a way to physically experience some of the principles she took on in her formal philosophy and psychology studies, including the ability to access power, fire and emotion and recognize personal reactions in the ring. Through boxing and community outreach projects, Jen is working to become more mentally and physically aware of herself and those around her, as well as learning how to take on matches both in and outside of the ring.

Jen amassed a 31-4 record in the women’s amateur boxing 125 lbs. weight division, including gold medals in both the 2013 National and 2013 Intercontinental Championships. After a shocking brain cancer diagnosis in May of 2014, Jen found out that she would not be able to box again. Determined to go out with a bang, Jen decided to turn professional on July 11th 2014 on an ESPN Fight Night card, which she won. Since her illness and now recovery, Jen has found her love for boxing again – through coaching and counseling others looking for something more from life.