About Dr. Jennifer Manlowe

I have worked as an educator, author, life-clarity coach, couples and family therapist, and group facilitator in many venues since 1988. I consider myself one part Coach, one part Teacher, and one part Therapist. Today, my sole focus is on supporting people eager to be connected to others and themselves with greater courage and authenticity.

A common denominator for clients who have been helped by our work together is they are experiencing some kind of life transition. They might be wondering what they want to be “when they grow up”; maybe they’re wanting to explore how to live again after losing a loved one; they might be a couple curious about how or if they should stay together; maybe they’re people considering gender transition; perhaps they are hoping to find or stay sober from a compulsion or addiction of some kind.

Whatever their reason, they want to receive support with such challenges.

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. What the world needs is people who have come alive.”

– Howard Thurman

How do I work with people?

I take an “integrative” approach to improving connection with the one(s) you love without sacrificing your autonomy. I use two evidence-based therapeutic methods one for couples and families is “attachment-based therapy”, and one for individuals that use mindfulness, clarity exercises, and direct action called “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I also use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for clients working with symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or who have had Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE).

Most important, I’m convinced that humans have an evolutionary capacity to heal and an organic desire to do so through meaningful relationships. I believe we can work in a collaborative way to build their resilience and fortify their strengths to create a future that works with whatever challenges may arise.

Before acquiring my clinical degree in Couples and Family Therapy, I received a Bachelor’s in Psychology, a Master’s in Divinity, and a Doctorate in Psychology and Religion with an emphasis on culture and wellness. The first half of my adult life was spent on the East Coast researching, teaching, and writing books. In the second half, I’ve been devoted to my family and growing as a therapist while living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, my original home.