Jennifer Hammond, LCSW

Jennifer Hammond, LCSW is an outpatient psychotherapist at Cardinal Counseling. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from UALR and is a licensed certified social worker in the state of Arkansas (8845-C). Her clinical experience includes working with adults in a community mental health clinic and facilitating weekly DBT skills groups. Jennifer also assisted with a research study conducted by the Health and the Legal System (HEALS) lab at UAMS PRI to assess outcomes for guests of the Pulaski County Crisis Stabilization Unit.

Jennifer’s values:

Jennifer believes that life is a journey and that, by way of the human condition, we will all struggle at some point. However, you don’t have to suffer alone and don’t have to journey alone. She feels honored to hold space for and with her clients.

Jennifer believes that people make sense and, as Marsha Linehan would say, “Working to understand and change the causes of behavior works better than judging and blaming.” Jennifer approaches each session with gentle curiosity and encourages her clients to do the same for themselves. She is trained in Eye Movement and Desensitization (EMDR) therapy and Linehan-trained (Behavioral Tech Institute) in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Jennifer also uses Mindful Self-Compassion, CBT, and ACT in her work with clients and is trained in CBT for insomnia.

Jennifer feels most effective working with adults 18 and up. She especially enjoys working with clients to heal developmental/attachment trauma, including how this relates to understanding difficulties associated with borderline personality disorder, and on issues related to anxiety and depression. She believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship and strives to foster a warm, collaborative space in which clients are able to gain access to their truest selves.

She has a variety of interests and experiences that are useful in her endeavors as a helping professional. Her early professional interests included using journalism as a platform to bring attention to issues of social justice. Over time, Jennifer decided to take a more direct route in helping people and chose to pursue a career as a clinical social worker.

Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family in her free time, cuddling one of her four cats, or exploring the outdoors, especially our state and national parks. She also likes to listen to music and debate her favorite live version of various songs or read books of all kinds.