Jenna Weidner, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
In a world full of stress and challenges, therapy can be an outlet to review and process these obstacles to gain insight towards creating positive outcomes. I believe in a collaborative and holistic approach when working with individuals to overcome life’s struggles. With support, becoming mindful and self-aware can help improve relationships, careers, school and many other areas you value. During a time of heightened stress, life can become confusing and overwhelming. I hope to help you explore any struggles or conflicts and increase opportunities for happiness and positivity.
I graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology. In 2012, I received a Master’s Degree of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh and currently hold a license in clinical social work (LCSW). During my time at Pitt, I worked with veterans from different war eras who struggled with mental illness. I started as an intern at the Alle-Kiski Area HOPE Center, which grew into several years of employment working with survivors of domestic violence and their children. I worked individually with woman and their children, as well as providing support/educational groups.
I then spent several years as a medical social worker at Magee Women’s Hospital of UPMC, helping patients and their families during prenatal and postpartum times, including pregnancy loss and parents with premature infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. During my last year with Magee, I worked in the Adult Intensive Care Unit, aiding patients and their families during difficult times coping with complex medical issues. This was also a time I spent helping grieving families during the tragedy of losing a loved one. While at Magee, I began volunteering with No One Dies Alone (NODA), spending time with patients in need of a companion during the last moments of their life. Currently I work part-time with Allegheny Health Network in the outpatient medical setting; assisting individuals optimize pain management through behavioral health therapy and lifestyle changes.
I have experience providing therapy to children, teens and adults with varying diagnoses, in the outpatient community mental health system at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital. I continue to enjoy helping individuals build coping skills to improve symptoms of anxiety, depression and ADHD. At Western Psychiatric Hospital’s outpatient program, I provided individual therapy, which at times included family involvement. Additionally, I facilitated ADHD skills groups for college students and adults.
My practices involve individuals/families from different cultures and unique backgrounds. I encourage and support the diversity of each individual within the therapeutic experience. I am an LGBTQ ally. Preferred pronouns she/her/hers.