MA Program Faculty: Jennifer Dorsey, MA, LMFT

Jennifer Dorsey, LMFT
Part-Time Faculty
jdorsey@wi.edu
Pronouns: she/her

Bachelor of Science in Marketing - Santa Clara University, 1994
MA Counseling Psychology - The Wright Institute, 2017

Professor Dorsey is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist who uses psychodynamic case conceptualization and emphasizes a relational approach in her work with children/adolescents, families, and adults. She often explores the impact of multigenerational trauma in her client’s lives and honors their ensuing resiliency. She values somatic awareness and polyvagal theory as resources to highlight and regulate her client’s physiological responses to stress and trauma. Working with children has deepened her use of attachment theory with clients of all ages. Recently, she has been focusing on partners and couples therapy, utilizing her training in Emotionally Focused Therapy to explore the dynamic interactions of adult attachment needs.

Professor Dorsey helps clients explore the larger societal systems that impact their resources and mental health, explicitly acknowledging the strengths and stressors of communities navigating systems of oppression. She is committed to her own ongoing developmental growth and awareness of intersectionality and privilege in her roles as psychotherapist, supervisor, instructor, and academic advisor.

Professor Dorsey’s past experience includes working with children, adolescents, and families in school and home settings, emphasizing strengths-based and culturally-minded assessment to address experiences of acculturation, community crisis and traumatic events, grief and loss, neglect and abuse, PTSD, ADHD, depression, and substance use. She is trained in Restorative Justice, and implemented school site restorative and trauma-informed practices, as well as interventions addressing vicarious trauma for school staff. She is experienced coordinating therapy with systems of care across foster care, legal advocacy, and wraparound services. She spent two years providing caregiver/parent support through the crisis and counseling hotline TALK Line.

Professor Dorsey delivers clinical training to associates and supervisees on topics addressing implicit bias, power and privilege, and rupture and repair. She provides secondary supervision at the California Institute of Integral Studies Psychological Services Center.

Professor Dorsey stresses the role of self care with her students and pursues her own sense of balance by hiking solo in the woods and building memories at the dinner table with her blended family.

Professional Memberships
Gaylesta | The LGBTQ Psychotherapy Association
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)

Teaching
Clinical Assessment and Measures
Common Therapeutic Factors
Diagnosis and Empirically Supported Treatments
Family Therapy I
Multicultural Awareness and Sensitivity
MFT Professional Development Seminar