Jennifer Hemphill, Behavioral Health Clinician

Tell us about yourself.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles and moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, to attend Dillard University. Hurricane Katrina shortened my time at Dillard and forced me to continue my undergraduate education somewhere else. I decided to move to Atlanta, Georgia, to attend Clayton State University where I majored in Criminal Justice. During my time at Clayton, I traveled to study abroad in South Africa. I traveled to Pretoria, Johannesburg, Soweto, and Cape Town. Studying abroad was the highlight of my undergraduate years. After graduation, I lived in Georgia for a few years before moving back to Los Angeles, where I received my Master’s of Science degree in Counseling with an emphasis on Marriage, Child and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix.

What attracted you to the field of Substance Use Treatment?
I recognized that there is a great need for professionals in this field. The rate of substance use is growing, specifically among younger people. As a clinician, I want to assist others in learning how to manage their life and emotions in a healthier way. I want to be a safe person they can come to knowing that I will listen without judgment and support them in making healthier life choices. Too many people struggle with addiction and are too afraid to reach out for help or are unaware that there is help, and I think it is time for that to change. My hope at CLARE|MATRIX and the Pregnant and Postpartum Women’s Program is to create healthier children and families by breaking the cycle of addiction.

Please describe your current work and career highlights.
My first job in the substance use treatment field was at a residential facility in Woodland Hills. My experience there sparked a curiosity and love for helping those who struggle with addiction. I am almost finished with obtaining the clinically supervised hours needed for Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

Share with us a little about your experience with CLARE|MATRIX and the Pregnant and Postpartum Women’s Program.
I have worked with CLARE|MATRIX in the Pregnant and Postpartum Women’s Program since August 2018. I have learned so much about myself as a clinician. I truly have a passion for helping others. This program allows me to work with women who want more for themselves and their children. I work with a great team that goes above and beyond the call of duty to assist the women and children in our program.

What is a fun fact about yourself that you would like to share with us?
I am creative! I enjoy writing poetry, songs, short stories and books. I play the piano, I can read music and play by ear. I also enjoy singing!

What is the most fulfilling part of working at CLARE|MATRIX?
Being able to help others to the best of my ability and working with people who are passionate about helping others makes what I do worthwhile. Getting to see the people in our programs use the skills they’ve learned to make healthy choices and grow in life makes my heart happy.