Jennifer Lerma, MSWSupervisee in Social Work
Jennifer is a Supervisee in Social Work in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Shepherd University and her Master’s of Social Work degree from George Mason University. Jennifer has experience working in elementary school social work with children and adolescents, along with their families. She has worked with children experiencing ADHD, anxiety, family changes, depression, adjustment, and grief and loss.
Jennifer believes that play is the natural form of expression for children, and that the child’s world is rich with symbols and meaning. Jennifer also believes that people are inherently social creatures and healing occurs in the presence of another. She seeks to establish a safe, respectful, and nurturing connection with others by seeing, hearing, and acknowledging each individual’s experiences.
Jennifer is a Supervisee in Social Work at Alexandria Place Therapy under the supervision of Rachel Rosenberg, LCSW, RPT-S.
Jennifer currently holds professional teaching licensure for music education in Virginia. Prior to pursuing social work, she worked as an elementary general music teacher and private music instructor. She is a former military musician of the United States Navy Band program.
As a former professional musician and music teacher, Jennifer employs the expressive arts to provide a safe and creative environment for each individual to discover and explore new possibilities. She utilizes a person-centered, strengths-based approach to help individuals navigate difficult times by enlivening their inner resources.