Meet Me: Jennie Vila
I was born and raised on the coast of Maine. I moved to New Jersey for college in 2003. I fell in love with both my husband and New Jersey and decided to stay. I have a little dog named Dante, who thinks he's much bigger and my protector. I consider myself to be down to earth, friendly, fun and outgoing.
I enjoy spending time outside (when it's warm and sunny); I believe Mother Nature has her own curative powers for the soul. I love learning about pretty much anything and everything; I only wish there were more time in a day to do so.
Fun trivia: If I could choose any superpower, I'd choose teleportation so that I could easily travel the world and visit friends and family any time I wanted.
Meet Me: Professionally
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with approximately 12 years of professional experience working in the mental health field. I have worked in a variety of settings, including a psychiatric hospital for more than 5 years, in-home/in-community therapy, administration of a non-profit and conventional individual therapy.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University
Master's of Education in Counseling Psychology from Rutgers University
Post-Master's License Work from Caldwell College
Licensed Professional Counselor, License Number 37PC00700300
Certified Integrative Wellness & Life Coach
American Counseling Association
American Psychological Association
New Jersey Counseling Association
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Human Rights Campaign.
I have been a champion for the underdog since I was a child, always standing up for what is right and fighting for equality. In both my personal and professional life, I continue to be an active advocate for social equality, LGBTQIA rights, and mental health awareness, providing education and reducing stigma for people who are often marginalized by society.