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Jennifer Ratajczak, MA, LCMHCS, NCC

Founder & Executive Director

Trauma Specialized Psychotherapist

Jen's Specialization

Jen's Roots

Some of us knew early in our life journey that our path would be that of helping and healing. My professional years have focused mostly on clarifying strength areas and associated skill sets. I started my academic studies at the University of Cincinnati where I obtained my degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice Corrections. Following graduation I worked on inpatient psychiatry units with a variety of individuals, most of which were youth. This experience preceded my decision to pursue my Masters in Community Counseling at UNC-Charlotte. Since that time I have been honored to work as an outpatient therapist with clients from a variety of walks of life. My broad experiences working with children, adolescents and adults in rural and urban areas, hospitals, shelters, agency settings and in private practice made it clear that to create the most optimal environment without compromise I needed to build my own practice for my clients. Rooted Therapy has empowered me to thrive as a fellow soul traveler and therapist committed to providing quality individualized and evidence based counseling services without the restraints often associated with managed care.

Membership & Credentials

  • NC-LCMHCS (Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor)

  • SC-PCB Professional Counselor Telehealth Provider #253

  • NCC Nationally Certified Counselor (NBCC)

  • ISSTD Member (International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation) ​

  • Past Board President/Current Member CTH (Charlotte Trans  Health)

  • WPATH Member (World Professional Association for Transgender Health)

  •  LPCANC Member (Licensed Professional Association of North Carolina)

  • ACSSW Member (ACA-Association of Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness)

Jen's Approach to Therapy

My approach focuses on promoting deeply rooted lasting change by taking a holistic perspective. Since each client I work with has a unique story, my theoretical approach is shaped from an integrative model. I incorporate evidence based psychological theory with neurological research and a physiological knowledge base. I personalize services to blend the individual strengths unique to you with the theory and research specific to the reasons that brought you to seek services. I take into consideration that we are social creatures, and that minority stress, adverse childhood events and the culture of our greater community all impact us.

I blend a variety of research based techniques, often pulling from Psychodynamic, Systems, Existential, Somatic, Social Justice, Energy Psychology and Cognitive Models. This perspective stresses the importance of understanding the personal meaning created throughout each of our lives and the impact of our lived experience on multiple layers of our identity and social nervous system. Often this meaning is embedded in unconscious, symbolic and socialized beliefs and behaviors that can serve as forces in our lives that  often we 'can't explain' or we 'just feel'. 

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Transformation & Healing From Within






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