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Inspiring Conversations with Jennifer Pope of J.Pope & Associates

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Pope, LCSW-C.

Hi Jennifer, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I was born a raised in Baltimore City.   I’m the oldest of two children in my family. I attended Baltimore City Public Schools and I graduated from high school in 2001. I initially wanted to be a pediatric nurse, however after attending an internship through Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School in the John Hopkins partnership, I realized that that was not my calling.

I remember watching an old black-and-white movie in high school called the Bad Seed. In  this movie, a psychotic young girl was being seen by a psychologist and I was just so moved by the methodology that was used to try to help this child. I thought to myself, I really want to do something like that. I’m naturally a helper. I was always willing to listen to the problems of my friends to see how I could help or find someone that could help. I was naturally consoling and counseling people without knowing what I was doing or that it could be a career.

When I recognized that these are some of the attributes of a therapist and psychiatrist, I begin to dig into the requirements necessary to excel in that field. It was honestly a natural transition into that career as I saw firsthand the outcomes of community and therapeutic work by following my grandmother all around the city as she did a lot of community work in Baltimore. She was a Parent Liason at City Springs Elementary School and did community work all across the state of Maryland.  Once I decided that I wanted to be a clinical therapist everything just kind of fell in place from there.

I attended UMES my freshman year and transferred to Morgan State University, where I graduated in 2006 with my B.S. degree in Psychology.  I then went onto attend the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work, graduating in 2012 with my Masters Degree in a Social Work with a clinical concentration. At some point in graduate school, I decided that I wanted to own a private practice. It was my goal to create and run a private practice with a staff of clinicians that all had special concentrations and therapeutic interventions that could help people in the our community.

I’ve always had a goal to help lower the stigma of mental health and the African-American and urban communities.  J. Pope & Associates, LLC has always been a dream.  This dream I had as a student was manifested into a reality as I went through each level of licensure and clinical training as a social worker.

My experience and education also allowed me to reach another dream, becoming an author. In October 2020, I release my first book, Music Is My Therapy, a workbook teaching others how to use music as a therapeutic tool that is currently  available at all major book retailers.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No, it was not a smooth road at all. I’ve experienced many difficult challenges as I went through my academic career,  including the death of my grandmother, and getting pregnant with twins right after I was accepted into graduate school.  My mom and my sister worked at the school of social work, so I literally would pick up my sons, take them to my mom and my sister and rush to class.

There were even a few times I had to bring the babies with me to class and they would have to sit there with me for maybe a half an hour or so until my mom my sister got off and they were able to come and get them from the classroom. And let me tell you breastfeeding twins while attending your first semester of graduate school is no easy fleet whatsoever.

My plans had to be adjusted, the goals that I set for myself had to be re-evaluated, just living in the inner city you can experience a lot of barriers to achieve your dreams so it was never really a smooth road, it was always sharp turns, and bumps at some times.  There were challenges that would be roadblocks for some but I was able to persevere through these challenges with the help of a great support system, a “failure is not an option” mindset, and a lot of prayers… a whole of prayer!

We’ve been impressed with J. Pope & Associates, LLC, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
J. Pope & Associates, LLC was created to contribute to the betterment of mental health & wellness while improving the functioning of youth, adults, and families. In addition, our services are tools used to effectively decrease the prevalence and incidence of mental illness, emotional disturbance, and social dysfunction.

We strive to provide compassionate solution-focused treatment to the inner city and surrounding areas by strengthening communities, building positive relationships, and promoting emotional wellness. J. Pope & Associates, LLC provides individual therapy, group therapy, couples counseling, and family counseling.

Advanced trauma treatment, anger and stress management, coping and problem-solving skills, social skills, improved self-esteem, and self-control, improved familial relationships, and behavior management are among some of the common treatment interventions used within therapy sessions.

We have several therapists in our office that provide trauma therapy, EMDR, and other unique treatment modalities. We are adding music therapy to our growing list of therapeutic specialties.

We love surprises, fun facts, and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
So most people who know me know me pretty well so I don’t think they would be surprised by anything I could tell you today honestly. I believe that one of the things that people are always kinda shocked when they get to know me like “oh wow you do that”, is that I love to go to the gun range.

I like to go and learn the different mechanisms of a gun, gun safety, using different targets, using different calibers. I found it be really fun and very therapeutic. People will find ways of relaxing and releasing stress.  Going to the gun range and participating in gun training is one of those things for me, I find it to be very relaxing and effective in reducing stress.

Pricing:

  • Music Is My Therapy $25

Contact Info:

  • Email: contact@jpopeconnections.com
  • Website: www.jpopeconnections.com
  • Instagram: @J.PopeConnections and @Music.IsMy.Therapy
  • Facebook: @J.PopeConnections and @Music.IsMy.TherapyHeals

Image Credits
Mykia James, Uniquely Framed and Kristen Hood

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2 Comments

  1. Latonya

    January 26, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    Congratulations to all your accomplishments this is great🤩

    • Jacqueline Hargrove

      January 31, 2022 at 12:55 pm

      It is always good to hear positive, re-affirming stories of members of our community, especially when there are so many negative events
      occurring. This is a great story well told! Thank you.

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