Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Certified EFT Therapist & Supervisor
Lecturer in Psychology,
Harvard Medical School
ABOUT DR. LEIGH
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
I am a licensed psychologist and have been working with couples and individuals for over fifteen years. I maintain a full-time private practice with my husband, Dr. Craig Malkin, in Belmont and Cambridge, Massachusetts; I am also a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. I’m an ICEEFT certified therapist and clinical supervisor in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples. My clinical and research endeavors have been heavily influenced by my travels throughout Asia, where I experienced, first hand, just how powerfully culture influences approaches to relationships, emotion, and healing. I practice from an integrative perspective but lean heavily towards emotion-focused, experiential approaches. I welcome clients representing any sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity or class background.
Experience & Training
2003 PhD Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts
1992 BS Business Administration, University of Missouri
2004 - Present
Clinical Psychologist at YM Psychotherapy & Consultation, Inc., Cambridge, MA and Belmont, MA
Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Newton-Wellesley Eating Disorders and Behavioral Medicine, Brookline, MA
Post-doctoral Fellow, Lahey Clinic, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Clinical Psychology Intern, The May Institute, Children's Services
Clinical Psychology Extern, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry
Behavioral Medicine Extern, Boston VA Medical Center, Medical Psychology Department
Clinical Psychology Extern, University of Massachusetts Boston, Student Counseling Center
Certified as an Emotionally Focused Therapy Therapist and Supervisor
Level II training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Treating the Eating Disordered Client with Multiple Problems
Psychoanalytic Couple and Family Institute of New England, Two-year Certification
Stress Reduction Program, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, UMass Memorial Health Care. Director: Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD
Relaxation Response Training, The Mind Body Medical Institute, Director: Herbert Benson, MD
Introductory Workshop in Clinical Hypnosis, The Cambridge Health Alliance, Behavioral Medicine Program
Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, (AEDP), Level II training
Leigh, J., Shapiro, E., Penney, S. (2010). Developing diverse, collaborative leaders: An empirical program evaluation. Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, 17(4), 370-379.
Shapiro, E., Leigh, J., Weiss, E. (2007). Toward culturally competent, gender equitable leadership: Assessing outcomes of women leaders in diverse contexts. In J. L. Chin, B. Lott, J. Rice, & J. Sanchez-Hucles (Eds.), Women and Leadership: Transforming Visions and Diverse Voices, p 88-105, Blackwell Publishing.
Allensworth-Davies D, Leigh J, Pukstas K, Geron SM, Hardt E, Brandeis G, Engle RL, Parker VA. (2007). Country of origin and racio-ethnicity: Are there differences in perceived organizational cultural competency and job satisfaction among nursing assistants in long-term care? Healthcare Management Review, 32(4): 1-9.
Pukstas, K., Parker, V., Brandeis, G. Hardt, E., Geron, S., Tyler, D. Leigh, J., Engle, R. (2006). Improving intercultural staff communication in the long-term care setting. Annals of Long-term Care, 14(8), 34-37.
Approach To Therapy
Whether I’m working with individuals or couples, I practice empirically-validated, theoretically grounded approaches to treatment, with an emphasis on helping you explore the underlying emotions fueling your behaviors. Although the particular intervention I use in a given moment may vary according to your individual needs, my approach is always aimed at helping you create more flexible ways of processing your inner world, and helping you make better use of your emotions to guide your choices.
People become distressed when they feel stuck in patterns of thought or behavior that feel detrimental yet intractable. Oftentimes these patterns arose as your best way of dealing with circumstances in a context where choices were limited. However, circumstances change, and responses become obsolete. Yet your underlying emotional blueprint can make it incredibly difficult to change your behaviors even when intellectually you may want to respond differently. The most important factor in personal change, therefore, is the creation of new emotional experience.
Therapy involves engaging in conversations aimed at helping you identify and transform your underlying emotional blueprints. I see my role as a process facilitator—collaboratively working with you to explore your inner experience, and helping you access the motivation and/or courage to modify the behaviors that are troubling you most. At the end of this process, you will be able to respond to the people and situations around you in a way that leaves you feeling in greater harmony with yourself and others.
WORKING WITH JENN
To schedule a meeting or see available times please CLICK HERE.
Fees And Insurance
Fees for a 45-minute session: $210 for individuals and $240 for couples. When cancelling, please give 48-hours notice to avoid paying the fee.
If you are coming in as a couple it is often helpful to schedule two back-to-back sessions when possible. In addition, reading: "An Emotionally Focused Workbook for Couples: The Two of Us", by Kallos-Lilly and Fitzgerald, is another strategy for facilitating the couples work.
Please note: I do not accept insurance. However, you may still be able to receive reimbursement if your plan offers out-of-network coverage for behavioral health: i.e. you would submit payment to me at the time of service, and then subsequently submit an invoice from our meeting to your insurer for reimbursement. That being said, insurers can refuse to pay for services if I do not include a diagnosis that indicates medical necessity for treatment. If this is something you would like to pursue, please contact your insurance company to confirm details about out-of-network coverage for behavioral/mental health, including coinsurance and deductible amounts.
The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
HOLD ME TIGHT
What is Hold Me Tight?
Hold Me Tight is an evidence-based, relationship enrichment program developed by Dr. Sue Johnson—an internationally recognized researcher and expert in couples therapy. This program teaches you and your partner how to move away from cycles of conflict, increase emotional responsiveness, forgive old wounds, and rekindle desire and affection. This is not a course in communication strategies—communication techniques are often inaccessible when partners are in the grips of strong emotion. Hold Me Tight will help you and your partner identify your patterns of negative interaction—and the underlying emotions that fuel them—so you can de-escalate the negative spirals that erode the bond between you. Hold Me Tight is designed to help you and your partner re-engage emotionally, and turn your relationship into a safe haven for each other. A list of research references and further resources can be found at iceeft.com
"You both genuinely care about the folks you counsel, bringing your brilliant gifts of wisdom, empathy, kindness, insight and an authentic quest for the truth that is in the middle of it all… However things go with my partner and I, we both will always treasure our uniquely powerful and grace-filled weekend in Belmont, in the welcome safety of your good counsel."
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Hold Me Tight helps couples at any stage of a relationship who feel unable to find resolution to their moments of disconnection. It is most successful with couples who wish to establish a more secure emotional connection with one another, yet nevertheless, find themselves at an impasse in certain key moments. Hold Me Tight has excellent outcomes with a wide range of couples diverse in age, cultural background, and sexual orientation.
"Excellent workshop. You work seamlessly and beautifully together. you create a safe haven and yet do a great job of keeping us on track. You both are excellent listeners and distillers of information and encapsulating our ideas/ramblings. You are so respectful, compassionate and wise. Thank you for being there with us and for us. Highly recommend this for others."
WHAT WILL WE DO AT THE WORKSHOP?
You are encouraged to read the book Hold Me Tight by Sue Johnson prior to the workshop. During the workshop, we will present findings from the love and attachment research in order to help you make sense of the cycles of disconnection couples often find themselves stuck in. We will also show video footage of other couples who represent the most common patterns of conflict. At regular intervals, we will ask you to break off from the group and engage in structured conversations with your partner regarding your particular cycle; the facilitators will support you during these private conversations. No one is required to share any personal experiences with the group.
"Your combination of teaching and facilitating us in direct conversations was valuable, clear, and just the right balance. Your styles worked well together and your graciousness put me at ease. Thank you!"
Who are the facilitators?
Dr. Jennifer Leigh and Dr. Craig Malkin are both Instructors in Psychology at Harvard Medical School with private practices in Harvard Square and Belmont, Massachusetts. We have been together for over twenty years and have first hand experience of these principles in keeping our bond strong.
"Both my partner and I are so grateful that we got to have a couples workshop with you. We think you are both exceptionally gifted therapists… and however our relationship goes, the time spent with you has made us be more thoughtful about it."
WHEN AND WHERE IS THE NEXT HOLD ME TIGHT WEEKEND WORKSHOP?
To be determined. In the meantime please visit iceeft.com for other listings.
"Practical and well presented tools to build your relationship. Thank you for your support and hospitality."
PRIVATE HOLD ME TIGHT PROGRAMS
Dr. Jennifer Leigh also offers individualized, private Hold Me Tight experiences that can be scheduled as a full day, or broken down into three, 3-hour modules. In order to inquire about scheduling a HMT intensive, please register as a new client and send Dr. Leigh a secure message.
"You were both outstanding and I thank you so much. You work excellent as a team. You kept us on track when we diverged and I’m sure we won’t do as well on our own, but we have an excellent model to fall back on. Thank you!"
"We can't thank you enough for giving us the space, and time, and safety to have such deep and honest conversations. Whenever we think of our couples workshop, it is with such great fondness and gratitude.""We made substantial progress while having the tremendous good fortune of having such excellent guidance from you. We both agree that our weekend with you was extremely valuable."
The following links are listed to provide you with additional online mental health care information and counseling resources.
ASSOCIATIONS AND INSTITUTES
JOURNALS AND MAGAZINES
PSYCHOTHERAPY RESOURCES & DIRECTORIES
RELATIONSHIPS & EMOTIONS
"I'm triggered": video on the neurobiology of relationships, with a side of camp :-)
NSFW: Louis CK "just let the sadness come"
Backwards Brain Bicycle - a great demonstration of the difference between explicit knowledge and implicit muscle memory. Enacting behavioral changes takes a long time and much practice.
Note: Dr. Jennifer Leigh is not responsible for the content, claims or representations of the listed sites.