Jennifer Grimsley-Aloy has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2008. She has spent the majority of her career working as a mental health therapist specializing in working with children, adolescents, and families.
Her eclectic approach to therapy involves providing a safe and nurturing space to express thoughts and feelings, validate experiences, and learn new skills and strategies to deal with life challenges. Jennifer celebrates the strengths and uniqueness of each individual inspiring others to feel unconditionally supported and confident in exploring new ways to bring more satisfaction and wellness into their life.
Jennifer is a native Californian who graduated with honors from CSU Sacramento with a BA in Social Work in 2002. She started her career at North Bay Regional Center in Napa, working with a caseload of children and adults with intellectual & physical disabilities, as well as autism. Desiring to further her education, she entered an accelerated MSW program and returned to graduate school completing her Masters degree in Social Work in 2003. During her education at CSUS, she worked within Sacramento Loaves & Fishes with homeless women and children, as well as Yolo Hospice working in palliative care with individuals with terminal illness.
Jennifer earned her post-graduate clinical hours as a mental health therapist working with children, youth, and families at River Oak Center for Children in Sacramento. Here she received the Joseph Waller Client Care award recognizing excellence in providing therapeutic services. Jennifer became a California Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2008.
Jennifer has continued her career in the Sacramento region as a trauma-informed therapist within organizations that serve children, adolescents, individuals, and families. She has experience working with anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, trauma & abuse, suicidality & self-injury, gender identity, school challenges, foster care and adoption, substance use, life transitions, and grief and loss.
Since 2014, Jennifer has used her expertise in mental health to provide clinical supervision to associates earning their clinical hours for licensure with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. She continues to find that teaching and mentoring associates in their own clinical work brings her deep satisfaction, by witnessing their growth and development into the therapists they were meant to be.
In addition, Jennifer has held a contract in Napa since 2011, providing assessment and treatment planning with adults living with mental health and co-occurring disorders who live independently in the community. She enjoys the balance this brings to her career in working with this population.
Outside of her professional interests, Jennifer values spending time with her family & friends, arts and culture, yoga, dogs, the ocean, and a good cappuccino.
Member National Association of Social Workers 2003 to present
- Vicarious Trauma and Resilience (2012)
- Play therapy: Treatment techniques for Children and Adolescents (2013) PESI
- Depression & Suicide (2013)
- Using Art in Therapy Safely and Effectively (2013)
- PTSD (2016 & 2018)
- Human Trafficking and Exploitation (2016)
- DBT Basics and Beyond (2016) PESI
- Trauma, PTSD, and Complicated Grief (2017) PESI