Jennifer Gildner, PhD

Licensed Psychologist


Jennifer received her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston in 2005 and is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant. She feels honored to be a part of your journey and sees her role as creating a safe, nonjudgmental space for exploration, challenge, and even celebration. She sees every client as an individual and is very interested in knowing who you are, what your journey has been to this point, and how she can collaborate to better your situation. You have many answers within you already and together we can attempt to access those answers to create better balance. Sometimes those answers will be specific strategies that will help to change thoughts or behaviors. Other times, the answers come from deeper discussion and exploration of your experience. Though therapy is a serious endeavor, humor can often be healing, so we can use humor together when it seems appropriate.

In support of the Predoctoral Internship training program, Jennifer co-facilitates groups and provide seminars. Her supervision style is developmental, as she takes each individual where they are. She incorporates humor as much as possible in that relationship. She also has high expectations for Pre-Doctoral Interns and will help them set appropriate and realistic goals that are challenging while also providing the support and supervision necessary for a safe environment to pursue those goals.

Professional interests

Issues experienced by student-athletes and other elite performers; issues associated with outdoor pursuits, extreme sports, and adventure activities; issues experienced within the LGBTQIA population; issues associated with involvement in the Foster Care system; multicultural concerns and the intersection of identities; sexuality; identity formation; injury and pain; mind-body synergy; mindfulness-based therapy; unwanted sexual experiences; spirituality; wellness/self-care habits; and general support during the university experience.

Personal interests

Spending time with my spouse and our pooch who is too cute for her own good; involvement with the Foster Care system; camping; backpacking; hiking; SUPing; reading; music; and road trips to strange and wonderful places.

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac