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Meet Jennifer Jakobsen of Jennifer Jakobsen Life Coaching in North Phoenix/Scottsdale

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Jakobsen.

Jennifer, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My current title is Certified Professional Integrative Coach. I am also a mom of three amazing but drama filled girls. My coaching focus is on moms. More specifically, I help busy, stressed out moms to slow down so they can discover what is most important in life. I help them find time for themselves in order to be the best mom they can be. I know how easy it is to forget who we are as we are raising our kids, and I want to help moms discover their best selves in the process.

I have wanted to help people for as long as I can remember. Prior to coaching, I worked for many years in the mental health field. I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work. I truly enjoyed working one on one with clients on an inpatient and outpatient basis but what I loved most was doing psychotherapy in a private practice setting.

I worked as a therapist for many years in Chicago before I met my husband there and we moved to Phoenix. After having my three children, I became “semi-retired” from doing therapy and stayed home with them full time. When my youngest started kindergarten, I had to decide once again what I wanted to be when I grew up. Therapy, although necessary in many cases, focused on the past and what is broken in a person. Coaching allowed me to make a difference but in a more client-driven and future-focused way. Looking at clients as whole and healthy felt like a more positive approach. Life coaching gave me the chance to continue pursuing my passion for helping others improve their lives. I love working with moms and helping them navigate the journey of motherhood. I am thrilled to have found what is to my“true calling” as a life coach for moms. I conduct most of my sessions over the phone with occasional in-person sessions for clients in the Phoenix area.

Has it been a smooth road?
Being a life coach is the easy part. The struggle has been getting the word out there. I have never taken a sales or marketing class in my life and had no idea how to run my own business. It has definitely been hard to market myself and learn how to let moms know I am here. I am still learning every day but I try and take every opportunity that comes up even if it’s out of my comfort zone.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
As previously mentioned, I am a life coach for moms. I am proud to do this work because I believe moms work harder than anyone else on the planet. We are hard on ourselves and feel guilty if we aren’t perfect. We work 24 hours a day, seven days a week and we don’t even get paid. What sets me apart is that as a mom myself as well as a former therapist, I truly understand the struggle that moms go through. I can also assess when there is a more serious issue that may require the services of a therapist. I can also relate to moms and truly understand their struggles. I am just so very grateful to have a job that I love.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
My dream since I was in high school was to have a private practice helping women. One day, not too long ago, it hit me that I was actually living my dream. I even noticed that I was seeing a few of my local clients in my home office which was something I have always dreamed of having. After every session, I feel so grateful that I am making a difference in the lives of my clients. I truly love what I do.

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