Jennifer Stuckert-Knapp, LMFT, RDT
I grew up in Dallas, Texas, and although I love my family and good ole
barbecue, I moved to New York City to get my BFA in acting at NYU. I
lived in New York for many years, and I adore it’s abundance of energy,
diversity, art and culture, and of course, good food. I relocated to San
Francisco to get my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at the
California Institute of Integral Studies, which I received in 2004. I lived,
worked, and played in the beautiful Bay Area for a decade before
moving to Los Angeles, which I now call home.
I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#86073) and Registered
Drama Therapist. I offer therapy for adolescents and adults, sex therapy,
couples therapy, psychotherapy, drama therapy, EMDR therapy, and
group therapy in Los Angeles. Prior to private practice, I worked and
trained at the Living Arts Counseling Center, inpatient and outpatient
programs for the recovery of chemical dependency and eating disorders,
an inpatient psychiatric unit, and a middle school. I completed the
University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program in Sex Therapy
in 2014, and I am fully trained in EMDR therapy and Emotionally
Focused Couples Therapy. I am the current president of the SoCal
Chapter of the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA).
I love my work. I am deeply moved by my clients and their stories of struggle, courage, triumph, and resiliency. I feel privileged to work with them.
In addition to being a therapist, I’m also an actor, writer, and director of autobiographical therapeutic theatre. From an early age, the arts have been an invaluable and transformative force in my life. They’ve taught me—and continue to teach me—how to listen, how to be embodied, how to be open and receptive, how to acknowledge, accept, and express the broad spectrum of emotions and needs, how to let go of expectations and accept the present moment, and perhaps most importantly, how to have empathy and compassion for myself and others—to honor different lifestyles, choices, perspectives, values and beliefs, and experiences, and to cherish our imperfections, as well as our bravery and fortitude.
When I’m not working, I run and hike, enjoy cooking yummy food, get in whatever art I can, spend time with friends and family, explore the world with my husband and child, and soak up the beauty of Los Angeles.
I am a member of the North American Drama Therapy Association, SoCal Chapter of the NADTA, and ICEEFT.