Jennifer L Medina, LPCC #5479
Jennifer Medina is Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and a former professional soccer coach and athlete. As a scholarship student athlete, she obtained a B.A. in American Studies from UC Berkeley ('03), and a M.A. in Mental Health & Wellness Counseling from New York University (class of '10).
Her B.A. honors thesis, “Teenage Dropouts: Putting the Fun back into Competitive Youth Sports,” was strongly influenced by her coaching youth club soccer and 10-year experience running her youth soccer camps, "First Touch Soccer Camps", which she began at age 17. Jennifer has seen first-hand the effects of rising expectations and pressures on increasingly younger student athletes. Before graduate school, where she specialized in trauma and substance abuse, she coached collegiately for several years, and devoted a significant amount of time to helping student athletes seek professional help for mental health issues like eating disorders, depression and anxiety.
Since graduate school, Jennifer has worked as a clinician in both the eating disorder and substance abuse fields, and draws particular satisfaction from helping adolescents, adults and families hone their ability to devise new ways to overcome life’s struggles. In addition to working privately with individuals and groups, Jennifer is the Clinical Director at Cielo House Adolescent Treatment (IOP/PHP) for Eating Disorders in San Jose, CA and long-time volunteer as a group facilitator for the Eating Disorder Resource Center's (EDRC's) Thursday night (weekly) Body Image & Eating Disorder support group now held at MPEDC's Noel office location.
Her unique background and experiences have provided Jennifer with a deep understanding of, and compassion for, those struggling with eating disorders, substance abuse and their related issues.
That said, when not in the office, these days you can find Jennifer catching up with friends, playing with her brother's dog (she's waiting to find one for herself, following the English Premier League or major soccer tournament (e.g. Men's/Women's World Cup, Euros, etc) or catching up with a “new” (at least to her) favorite show on Netflix.
Jennifer's favorite thing about the Mid-Peninsula is the nature and amazing weather that surrounds it, making it incredibly easy to find places to hike, bike or just simply be.