Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a type of therapy that has been shown to be effective amongst a variety of hardships, such as anxiety, depression, and marital challenges.     
In using this type of therapy, the therapist and the client look at thought patterns and how they affect the client's feelings and behaviors.  In looking at thought patterns we usually find some cognitive distortions, which are patterns of thinking that are skewed, negatively biased, and often inaccurate.  In therapy, we work to identify these thought patterns, with goals of challenging and changing the thoughts and inaccurate perceptions.  Strategies are then taught to help counter these distorted thought patterns. Often clients find this process to be effective in alleviating many, if not all of the challenges they encounter. 


I encourage all of my clients to call and check with their insurance companies regarding their mental health benefits/coverage. It is important to do this before your first appointment so that you have an understanding of your financial responsibility for services (co-pays, deductibles, etc.).
If you are informed by your insurance company that I am an out-of-network provider, some insurance companies will allow you to submit verification of services and will possibly assist with some kind of reimbursement. Again, I encourage you to obtain these details directly from your insurance provider.
I am in-network with the following insurance companies:
Physicians Health Plan
United Healthcare
Please download and complete the intake forms prior to your appointment.
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Poppy Field


Once a client makes the decision to enter counseling, I find it most helpful to hear their specific challenges before I determine a route and mode of therapy.  It's important to me to use an individual, client-centered approach.  From the approaches that I learned in my training, I most commonly use cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems theories, psychoeducation, client-focused theory, and play therapy techniques.  I also have used Trauma-Focused CBT in my work with children, adolescents, and families following traumatic events.

I enjoy working with people of all ages, particularly in the areas of anxiety, depression, relationships, and family structure/family systems.  I focus on the well-being of the client and the surrounding environment.  I use a strength-based approach to encourage personal growth.

I obtained my Bachelor's degree in psychology from IPFW.  My Master's degree is in Marriage and Family therapy, also from IPFW.  I have taught courses post-graduation at IPFW as well. My training focused on the individual and how they function within the family system, with much emphasis on the environment and family functioning.

Jennifer Durnell



6408 Constitution Dr

Fort Wayne, IN 46804

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