About Jennifer Novello

East Lansing based mental health therapist,
specializing in anxiety and maternal mental health.

About Jennifer

Jennifer Novello, L.M.S.W., A.C.S.W. is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience. Jennifer provides counseling to a diverse population of children, adolescents, college students, and adults. Jennifer is committed to providing caring and professional mental health services to all of her clients. As a clinical social worker, she maintains all ethical and professional standards as established by her profession and the State of Michigan.

Clinically, Jennifer has been trained in a number of evidence-based treatment modalities. She primarily uses interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness based therapy practices in her work with clients.

Clinical Specialties

Maternal Mental Health

The journey of parenthood is often not what we expect or imagine. Jennifer has a deep compassion for and understanding about the challenges frequently associated with this time of life. Her hope is to partner with women in a way that respects their individual story while using her specialized knowledge and skills to help women find their path toward health and wellness.

Jennifer is committed to advancing her knowledge about the various challenges women may face when becoming parents. These challenges may include:

  • Infertility
  • Pregnancy and infant loss
  • Anxiety and depression during pregnancy
  • Birth trauma and unexpected outcomes
  • Postpartum depression and anxiety
  • Coping with changing roles, identity, and relationships

Everyone experiences some level of worry or anxiety. When it begins to interfere with your quality of life, physical or emotional well being or daily life functioning, it is time to get help. Jennifer provides therapy grounded in current scientific evidence and best practices, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. These treatment models focus on helping patients learn about anxiety in general, what triggers and fuels their own specific anxiety, and building skills to better cope with stress, navigate life challenges and specific skills to reduce anxiety.

Jennifer is interested in helping people learn options for changing how they think and behave when they experience anxiety. Often the things we automatically do fuel the very problem we are hoping to avoid. Jennifer helps people break out of old patterns and develop new skills that improve life satisfaction and well being.

A child suffering from anxiety can take an emotional toll on an entire family. As such, Jennifer also provides education, training, guidance and support for parents of a child struggling with anxiety or OCD. Many traditional parenting practices actually backfire when you have a child with significant anxiety. Jennifer can help you come up with a new parenting approach to support your child as they grow.

Additional Areas of Practice

Jennifer's practice continues to evolve over time. In addition to her current areas of speciality, she has significant experience working with people struggling with the following concerns:

  • Adjustment to life, work, health or family changes
  • Challenges of adolescence
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Parenting concerns
  • Relationship stress
  • Stress management

Education and Certification

Jennifer obtained her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 1995. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and is credentialed with the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW). She is licenced in the State of Michigan as a Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW).

Jennifer is a member of Postpartum Support International (PSI), an organization whose purpose is to increase awareness among public and professional communities about the emotional changes that women experience during pregnancy and postpartum. The goal of PSI is to provide current information, resources, education, and to advocate for further research and legislation to support perinatal mental health. Jennifer has completed PSI's internationally recognized certification course on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. For more information on PSI, please visit their website.