The embedded therapy model gives students on-site access to mental health support in the spaces they live and learn with a licensed therapist who has specialized knowledge and training relevant to their community.
The ongoing connection embedded therapists have with the communities they serve helps them provide outreach and prevention programs tailored to each community's unique concerns and needs, as well as focused consultation and training for faculty and staff.
And, the visible presence of our embedded therapists in these spaces facilitates help-seeking around mental health and affirms Western’s commitment to wellbeing.
Jennifer Gildner, PhD, CMPH (she/her)
Jennifer Gildner is our Embedded Sport Psychologist in Athletics. Her professional interests related to athletics include issues experienced by student-athletes and other elite performers; issues associated with outdoor pursuits, extreme sports, and adventure activities; injury and pain; and mind-body synergy.
Jaclyn Johnson, MA, LMFT (she/her)
Jaclyn Johnson is our Embedded Therapist in Woodring College of Education. She has a background providing therapeutic services in a school district setting and experience providing dialectical behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, and mindfulness practices.