Janneta K. Bohlander is a licensed marriage and family therapist. For over ten years, she has worked with individuals, couples and families. Her specialty is working with children and adults dealing with generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), school and social anxiety. In addition, her work includes helping children and adults with attention and learning difficulties, such as Non Verbal Learning Disabilities (NLD) and Asperger's syndrome.

For her adult clients, she has provided therapy for issues ranging from anxiety, depression and relationship issues as well as the challenges of building a family through the adoption of a child, including international or multi-cultural adoptions.

As the mother of two girls born in China, she offers special insight into the international adoption process, including the attachment, grief and identity issues that can occur in multi-cultural adoption. In 2006, she completed the post-graduate
Certificate Program in Adoption at Rutgers University.

Certified HeartMath Practitioner
The HeartMath products, which many find similar to other forms of biofeedback provide a window into your body's physiology. Using a simple finger sensor, the program objectively monitors your heart rhythms and displays the physiological level of coherence — an optimal state in which the heart, mind and emotions are operating in sync and in balance. The program combines emotional restructuring and relaxation techniques to assist your body in establishing a healthier response to stress. Patients who use these techniques report reduced stress and increased resiliency. 

Advanced Training with Leading Experts
Mrs. Bohlander has trained with some of the leading experts in her field, including, Dr. John March, widely-published professor of psychiatry and chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center; Dr. Aureen Wagner, an international expert in the treatment of anxiety; Dr. Edward Hallowell, psychiatrist, author and pioneer in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); Rick Lavoie, learning disabilities champion, best-known for his video, How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop, which focuses on the frustration, anxiety and tension experienced by children with learning disabilities; and Dr. Ross Greene, clinical psychologist and author of the widely acclaimed book, The Explosive Child.

Summa Cum Laude Graduate
Mrs. Bohlander is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from North Carolina State University with a major in Polymer Chemistry; and a Summa Cum Laude graduate from Fairfield University with M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Internships
As part of her training, she interned at Amethyst House in New Haven, Connecticut. The facility is for women in recovery from alcohol and drug abuse. Their program includes a therapeutic nursery, addiction counseling and special "Watch, Wait and Wonder" sessions for building attachment between mothers and their children.

She also interned at The New Learning Center in Westport, Connecticut. Here, her responsibilities included individual, couple and family therapy sessions, plus co-leading social skills groups for those with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD), including autism and Asperger's Syndrome.

Marriage and Family Therapist with Expanding Roles and Responsibilities
After graduation with her master's in marriage and family therapy from Fairfield University, Mrs. Bohlander joined the staff at The New Learning Center in Westport as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Her role soon expanded to include Director of Social Skills Planning. Her responsibilities included the creation and co-leading of social skills groups for ADHD and PDD children.

In 2001, Mrs. Bohlander became partner and vice president of Associates for Children and Families in Norwalk, Connecticut. For five years, she provided comprehensive psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families, including infertility counseling, adoption support and working with special needs families. Her partner responsibilities included financial management and computer support as well as social skills group creation, evaluations and coordination.

Janneta Bohlander & Associates
In September, 2005, Mrs. Bohlander created Janneta Bohlander & Associates, offering therapy services and support for children and adults, social skills groups, adoption support and school consultations. Her office is on East Avenue in Norwalk.

Her Experience in the Corporate World 
Previous to her involvement in marriage and family counseling, Mrs. Bohlander worked for nearly fifteen years in the corporate world, as a financial consultant for Shearson Lehman Hutton in Greenwich, Connecticut; an account representative for British Telecom in New York City; and Director of Development, overseeing a global team of 40 individuals located in North America, UK, Italy and France, for Hyperion Software Corporation in Stamford, Connecticut. She was also an OnTrack consulting manager and Director of Enterprise Product Marketing for Hyperion, to name just a few positions that she held with that corporation.

Rising through the ranks at these different companies is what led Mrs. Bohlander to become interested in what makes people do what they do and what makes systems work, e.g., departments, families, relationships.

Before leaving the corporate world, Mrs. Bohlander worked as support staff at Project Return in Westport, Connecticut, while still working full-time for Hyperion. At Project Return, a progressive, therapeutic group home which serves as an intervention to prevent hospitalization, she participated in one-to-one discussions with residents, providing consistent support and direction, and joined in staff meetings. She also attended training sessions in Borderline Personality Disorders, Adolescent Violence and Eating Disorders.

After nine months, working at Project Return, Mrs. Bohlander made a life-changing decision to pursue a masters degree so that she could become a certified, licensed marriage and family therapist.

Licensure/Certifications
Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist, Connecticut - License #000955
Certificate Program in Adoption, Rutgers University, 2006

Post-Graduate Training
  • CBT for OCD and Anxiety: Effective and User-Friendly Treatment for Children and Adolescents, Instructor: Dr. Aureen Wagner, Cape Cod Institute, Eastham, MA
  • Will I Ever Be Good Enough? Healing The Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers, Author: Dr. Karyl McBride, Self Study
  • Brain Functioning: The Neurochemistry Behind Mental Health Disorders & Their Treatment, Self Study
  • Crazy Busy: Strategies for Handling Your Fast-Paced Life; Author: Edward Hallowell, M.D., Self Study
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression and Trauma. Instructor: Donald F. Sloane, LCSW, Hamden, CT
  • Keeping your Soul Alive: Personal, Professional and Spiritual Renewal; Instructor: Bill O’Hanlon, MS, MFT
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy: A Model for Accelerated Change, Instructor: Deborah Korn, Psy.D. Farmington, CT
  • Why is It Always About You? The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism, Author: Sandy Hotchkiss, Self Study
  • Adolescent Development and Schizophrenia: A Brain Perspective on Risk and Opportunity; Instructor: Naomi Driesen, Ph.D., Silver Hill Hospital, CT
  • EMDR Basic Training; Instructor: Roy Kiessling, LISW
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy, Instructor: Sue Johnson, Branford, CT

Professional Memberships
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists - AAMFT
Anxiety Disorders Association of America - ADAA
Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities - CACLD
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder - CHADD
Connecticut Association of Marriage and Family Therapists - CTAMFT
Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders - ICDL
Nonverbal Learning Disorders Association - NLDA
Obsessive-Compulsion Foundation - OCF
PDD/Asperger's Support Group of Connecticut

 

   

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