About Jennifer

*I am taking new clients on a case by case basis.  I also have extremely skilled folks who work with me, and under my supervision so I will always direct anyone needing services to someone who is right for them, and taking new clients immediately. Email me at jhay1dayatatime@gmail.com or click on the contact tab on this website for help.

Jennifer has been training helping professionals since 1998. Her specialties include diagnosis, motivational interviewing, addictions focus topics, drug free workplace trainings, ethics, and supervision. Jennifer goes to agencies state-wide to train staff in treatment models in order to help their clients and trained all the behavioral health and medical social workers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Motivational Interviewing in 2011/2012. 
Currently, Jennifer is teaching at OSU in the MSW and BSSW programs, focusing on the addictions minor the university is offering, clinical diagnosing and motivational interviewing. 

Jennifer has a private practice in Worthington, Ohio where she specializes in treating substance use disorders, gambling disorder, and other addictions, families of addicts and alcoholics, depression, anxiety, and other mental health struggles. I specialize in adolescents 15 and up, but will refer to a family therapist for the family work component of adolescent struggles. I use harm reduction, and abstinence based models in therapy, and always work to meet the client where they are at. 

Jennifer Haywood has been a clinical social worker and addiction specialist since 1996.  She received her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from The Ohio State University and her chemical dependency specialty through her internship at the Addiction Recovery Center at Harding Hospital in Worthington, Ohio.  Jennifer has a BA in psychology from the University of Maryland. Jennifer is trained in EMDR, motivational interviewing, and uses a primarily solution-focused strength based approach. She believes that therapy is meant to be a way to meet goals, and wants all of her clients to feel like they are leaving with more tools for their tool boxes to live a life that they are reaching for. 

Through the years Jennifer has had a variety of work experiences including counseling and supervising in dual diagnosis facilities.  Her extensive experience ranges from outpatient individual, marital, group and family counseling with mental health and substance abuse cases, to supervising an adolescent AOD unit and a children and adolescent dual diagnosis unit.

Since 2003, Jennifer has been adjunct teaching at The Ohio State University in the Bachelors Science Social Work (BSSW) and in the MSW programs with a specialty in diagnosis, theory, mental health and addictions practice classes.  She has been teaching the diagnosis course since 2003, and has been teaching Motivational Interviewing and various Addiction courses for many year.  Jennifer has also taught at Columbus State Community College and at Capital University.  At Columbus State she supervised students for 10 years in their field placement experiences.  Jennifer's 27 years of experience in the addictions field allow her to assess, diagnose and treat clients with the expertise needed.

Jennifer was trained in EMDR by Helen Hill, LISW-S, in March of 2020 and is Level One and Level 2 trained. She is willing to do trauma work with individuals who have her as their primary therapist, or will do EMDR as a second therapist involved in someone's treatment when their therapist isn't trained, but feels it is needed. 

Jennifer has been training groups since 1998.  She trains helping professionals and pharmaceutical companies on how to communicate when the conversation is difficult, using motivational interviewing. She has trained dental professionals in the past on substance abuse, and will travel or commit to a screen training for any group needing continuing education on diagnosis, addiction work, supervision, ethics, motivational interviewing to name a few. Look on the training tab for more choices.  Jennifer is open to creating trainings for groups when requested.

Jennifer is currently open for new clients, and can guide anyone with questions about the right "fit" when choosing one of the clinicians she supervises.  Click on the contact link to email her.