About

About

Jennifer Bradtke


Everyone has a story, here’s mine. I’ve spent years helping organizations build things, programs, reimagine offerings, doing the administrative stuff…. While that was good, after all who doesn't love a great spreadsheet, the part that I really loved was helping my clients get past the shoulda, woulda, couldas and create a life that they didn’t want to take a vacation from. I also knew that I wanted to do this in a way that was genuinely me and in line with my personal values. Thus, ChangeWorks was created.

It was years ago that inspiration for ChangeWorks began brewing. I was walking through a cute boutique shop in my Chicago neighborhood when I came across an eraser. Yep, a simple rubber eraser inspired me. It had “Smart Women Make Changes” printed on it, and the words struck me. It was such a powerful phrase and a metaphor for how I approach life. Nothing in life is perfect, but if something isn’t working it’s ok to change it. The thing with using rubber erasers is that you can never fully get all of the previous trials and smudges off the paper. But, IMHO, that gives the story character. It is the underlying wisdom that comes from making mistakes and missteps and moving forward while learning along the way. So in the story of our lives, we can see what’s working, what’s not, what really matters, and make some edits to write/create a life that we actually want to live. If something isn’t working, we can make changes that work for us, hence, ChangeWorks.

How do I help others do this? My approach is kind, genuine, and collaborative. I work to create a supportive and safe environment so my clients can explore what’s working and what’s not in their lives. Together we create a plan to address what needs to change, learn skills to cope with and accept what we can’t change, and then take action. I believe therapy is a working partnership, so I check-in occasionally to see if we shift approaches as well as provide a little push with encouragement if my clients are feeling stuck.

What else about me? I’m a lover of learning, information, and podcasts. This comes out in my therapy practice as I will often share research, articles, and other resources to supplement our work. I believe in the importance of savoring the little joys in life, whether that be watching honey bees happily collect nectar or practicing gratitude for the foam on my latte. I also recognize the power of perspective. Growing up in the Midwestern USA and living in a number of different countries has taught me we may not initially see things as they truly are and that sometimes pausing, taking a deep breath, and changing your perspective can open up an entirely different experience.

Licensure and Certifications

  • Registered Clinical Psychologist: United Kingdom: Health and Care Professions Council: PYL 38344
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist: Illinois: #071.007336
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Health Service Provider in Psychology: Indiana, #20042723A
  • National Register of Health Service Psychologists, Registrant ID# 52059
  • Certified Group Psychotherapist, International Board of Group Psychotherapists: #66870
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Qualified Teacher, UCSD

Education

  • Doctorate, Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL
  • Masters, Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Law & Society, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN