Sparks, PhD, received her Masters of Education in Addiction
and Transpersonal Psychology from the College of William &
Mary, and her Doctoral degree in Human Development emphasizing
Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech. Jen has specialty
training in Hypnosis and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization
and Reprocessing), as well as Rape Crisis. She is also an
associate member of AAMFT.
Jen began her 15-year career at The Meadows treatment facility
in Wickenburg, AZ, as the co-creator and facilitator of their
in- and outpatient Eating Disorders program. Jen has worked
for several non-profit agencies in couples and family therapy,
sexual assault and childhood abuse. In addition, Jen spent
five years as an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey
teaching such courses as; Treating Trauma & PTSD, Couples
Counseling, Theories in Marriage and Family Therapy, Multicultural
Counseling, The Family Life-cycle, Human Development Across
the Lifespan, and supervising Ed.S. Students in their first
couple/family clinical placements.
EMDR is Jen’s specialty, in particular, the use of
EMDR in healing trauma, attachment wounds and illnesses complicated
by emotional and physical stress for both individuals and
couples. Jen has published several scholarly articles in the
use of EMDR and its ability to help heal the wounds that interfere
in the progression of healthy, intimate relationships. Jen’s
interests also include women’s issues, couples and individuals
preparing for parenthood, and the struggles of honoring the
couple through the trials of parenting. Jen is passionate
about the therapeutic process and its ability to transform
people’s lives and the environment that surrounds them.
Dr. Jennifer Sparks can be reached at (215) 552-8813, ext.