My name is Jenifer Garrido & I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Florida. Here is information on my background.
In 1995, I obtained my MSW Degree from Florida International University with my a 4.0 cumulative GPA & was receipient of the School’s Academic Scholar Award. While in school, I served as a research assistant for Dr. Antoinette Rodgers Farmer, now an Academic Dean & Professor at Rutger’s University, conducting clinically based research endeavors. I also completed two internships, as a Victim Advocate in the Broward State Attorney’s Office, & as a family counselor for the Broward Family Services Division. In 1995, I moved to Orlando and began completing a 2,000+ hour post graduate externship under the supervision of another LCSW. After completing both clinical and state laws exams, I became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker within the State of Florida in 1998, which entitles me to practice independently. Since moving to Orlando, I have served as a counselor in a variety of positions within the public sector, providing counseling to families within Orange County Public Schools, as a counselor at a highrisk school for students through the Teen Express Program, as a therapist, & eventually, as a clinical supervisor for other therapists in an outpatient program. I began in private practice working part-time in 1997, first under supervision, within the office of well-known psychiatrist, Dr Jose Quinones, MD, for several years. I eventually opted to open my own independent private practice full-time.
My passion for treating individuals struggling with Anxiety, OCD & Trauma, truly comes from a personal experience growing up. As a victim of bullying in my teen years, I briefly developed intense social anxiety, although at the time, no one truly knew what to label it. After seeing several therapists, I was discouraged when all I felt we were doing was “talking”, rather than truly providing me with any tools or understanding on how to overcome my anxiety. When I decided to pursue my MSW (I originally had began graduate school at Northwestern to pursue research into brain trauma & neurolinguistics), I realized that my passion was actually for working directly with people, not in a lab. I knew that there were many people who had experienced what I had, & I became determined to learn all that I could to on the subject of Anxiety to help them. Fast forward 25 years, & I consider myself an expert in the use of Evidence Based, CBT & Exposure Therapy (considered the gold standard) for Anxiety, OCD, Trauma & other issues that cause people to feel like prisoners in their own mind. Because science is continually advancing, I believe that an effective clinician must always be adding to their knowledge base, which is why I feel that my education will always be an ongoing endeavor.
Aside from the immense satisfaction that I receive when an individual has effectively achieved their goals & are ready to leave my practice, my two proudest moments professionally have been when I was selected from a national search for therapists to appear on Season Two of the critically acclaimed docuseries, “Obsessed”, which aired on A&E Television in 2010. I appeared on episodes One, Three & Five, working with individuals whose struggle with OCD & Anxiety had crippled their lives severely. The show’s goal was to sign a light on mental illness & the toll that these disorders can have on millions of people each day, & even more importantly, that there is help. Additionally, I appeared on Good Morning America, in June, 2010, interviewed by Robin Roberts, for my participation on the show & my expertise with treating these disorders.
On the personal side, I have been married for nearly 25 years & am a mother to three children, who continue to make me proud. I have been an active volunteer in many organizations over the years, Girl Scouts, Junior Achievement, OCPS, & also work within the community to offer my services to organizations when in need. I love traveling, adventure, reading, listening to music, playing with my two dogs (but love cats too!) & just spending time with family & friends. I would describe myself as strong, compassionate & tenatious – when I set my mind to accomplish a goals, I will! I hope that this has given you a better sense of who I am personally & professionally. I welcome your calls & questions anytime