Jennifer Flinn, M.A., Doctoral Intern

About Me

I grew up in southwestern Minnesota and have had the opportunity to also experience life in the suburbs of the Twin Cities. In 2007, between life’s circumstances and by choice, my husband and I decided to move back to where we grew up so we could raise our family where we shared many wonderful memories as children ourselves. We have been married for nearly 15 years and are grateful to have three amazing children, ages 6, 10 and 11. I enjoy cooking, back-packing, running, down-hill skiing, spending time with my family at the lake and, most of all being called Mom. In addition, I am also a proud owner of a loyal, energetic and cuddly Vizsla (a Hungarian short-haired pointer) named Summit. I am a member of the Minnesota Psychological Association, American Psychological Association and the National Rural Health Association.

Education

I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in 1999 with a major in psychology. I then pursued my Master of Arts degree from the University of St. Thomas in counseling psychology and graduated in 2001. Currently, I am a 4th-year doctoral student at the University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Professional Psychology, completing my Doctor of Psychology degree. Being able to be part of the Eunoia Family Resource Center team for my pre-doctoral internship is truly an exciting time for me.

Work Experience

Throughout my educational practicum experiences, I have provided psychological services in a variety of settings, including a medical clinic and hospital with both inpatient and outpatient services, a college counseling center, a community-based mental health treatment center, a child guidance center and the International Diabetes Center. I have a passion for working with clients 15 years of age and older, providing behavioral health care to clients with a variety of concerns such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss, adjustment concerns, relational concerns, personality disorders, life stressors, parenting concerns, exploration around gender and/or sexuality, interpersonal functioning, eating and body image concerns and identity formation. Additionally, I have experience providing a range of assessments, including learning disorders screenings (IQ and achievement), pre-bariatric surgery screenings and personality functioning screenings.

Therapeutic Philosophy

My hopes for the therapeutic process with clients are dependent on the needs of each unique client. I feel that it is incredibly important to build a strong and productive working alliance where clients can feel safe and comfortable in sharing some of life’s difficult moments, stories and circumstances, as well as celebrating moments that bring us happiness, joy and a sense of contentment. The heart of my therapeutic philosophy is strengths-based and includes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), in which I encourage clients to increase their self-compassion, self-acceptance and flexibility in viewing themselves and others around them. ACT also encourages clients to reflect on what is meaningful in one’s life based on their own distinct values. To me, values are life directions and, typically, values tend to help us clarify what is meaningful and holds purpose in our lives. Other approaches I integrate into my therapeutic philosophy include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), person-centered therapy, narrative therapy, concepts from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and positive psychology.

 

Jennifer Flinn provides therapy in the Mankato and Gaylord offices and is supervised by Brandon Scott Dugan, Psy.D., LP.