Jennifer has a Bachelor of Business Administration, holds a Master of Science in Psychology, and is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, trained by the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), the world’s largest in-person coach training school. She is a Certified Neuro-Transformational Coach, with advanced training in Neuroscience, Consciousness and Transformational Coaching, through BEabove Leadership, and is also a Licensed NeuroLinguistic Programming Practitioner. As a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), she is further credentialed as a Professional Certified Coach, with over 2,500 hours of client coaching experience. Jennifer is CTI’s former Ambassador to Minneapolis where she served 3 years, committed to the enhancement and expansion of the local Co-Active Community.
Jennifer has been working in the helping professions for over 10 years. She coached in the area of Health and Wellness for employees at the Hennepin County Government Center through PreferredOne, worked as a Health Educator for Health Partners, and was a Tobacco Cessation Counselor at the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center. She has lead over one hundred group presentations, classes and workshops in various organizations, including corporations, government, non-profits and colleges.
A published author, Jennifer contributed the chapter “Self-Activate and Create Transformation” to the anthology book, Roadmap to Success, co-authored by Deepak Chopra and Ken Blanchard. Her first full-length book The Drama-Free Way: A Thought Management Guide to Navigating Chaos and Thriving released in November 2015.
Additionally, Jennifer is multilingual, fluent in Spanish, with a respectable level of French and Dutch. A Minnesota native, she makes her home in Minneapolis. When she’s not enjoying her work, Jennifer loves traveling, dancing, running, strength-training, singing, painting, spending time with friends, or lounging about in the glorious moments of doing absolutely nothing.
Hi, I’m Jennifer Kern Collins, and I know a thing or two about drama and how to go from surviving to thriving! I grew up with divorce, blended families, alcoholism, and household members with borderline and narcissistic personality disorders. During my childhood years, I lived in fifteen different houses and was raised by four distinct families (not counting grandparents or dad’s various girlfriends). I attended nine different schools while moving around within four cities. Chaos was a constant force influencing my world. I experienced the kind of abandonment and distrust that comes from reverse-parenting, unpredictable emotional and geographical home life, and being disposable to the people who were supposed to love me most. And at the most fundamental level, I learned to believe that “I don’t matter.”
As a young adult, I battled bulimia, depression, and anxiety. I found myself in abusive relationships with men, in the swirl of cocaine and other dugs, mentally plotting death as a welcome alternative. Worthless. Hopeless. Deeply ashamed. I sought love wherever I could get it, making for an indiscriminate sex life, and putting unfair demands on my female friendships. I was looking for the parent I never had, for the stability and sense of belonging I never received, and for recognition of the innate worthiness I never learned to embody.
Fortunately, my life path has provided many opportunities to grow out of the past and into a rich, joyous present and future ahead. I have developed a fulfilling career path, that is deeply in alignment with my values and my life purpose. My body is well balanced and cared for, and I now love living in it! I continuously attract good-spirited people into my life and enjoy increasingly healthy relationships. And, more than anything, I know that my life and my experience of it are 100% my responsibility and I am fully capable of creating my own personal success.
What I’ve come to realize is that there is a very particular kind of “drama” or chaos that I lived in mentally, as a result of my codependence and tumultuous upbringing, which naturally influenced my behavior patterns. This inner drama was directly responsible for the results I was getting in my life.
The tribal wounds of our past that are implanted during our formative and developing years become intertwined with what we feel to be most “at home.” This inadvertently leads us to seek out or even unconsciously attract similar situations and relationships into our lives. It can end up actively and implicitly keeping us from the success we dream of. It fuels our self-defeating behaviors and drives the choices that keep us off of the path toward our highest good and alignment with our True Spirits.
I would love to partner with you to begin your journey of authentic thriving. With the right tools and inner development, you can live your life with peace, joy and prosperity. Together we will make your unique plan to live in alignment with your Spirit—with self-authority, authenticity, secure in your relationships, confident in your abilities, and with the abundance and success you deserve!
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