Name: Jennifer Leister
Date and Place of Birth: September 1, 1975. Dallas, Texas
Family: Married to Chris Leister and 2 children, Emma and Rhett Leister
Education: Bachelor’s in Psychology from UTD and Master’s in Counseling from Amberton University.
Member of Collaborative Divorce Texas since: 2007 (I think)
I started practicing Collaboratively because: I believe in the process. I have spent the last 15 years providing therapy to families in high conflict situations, usually resulting in litigation. I see the results of that decision through their children. I know there are circumstances that require litigation, but for others, Collaborative is a better choice.
What I like best about this job: I love supporting children and teens anyway that I can. I am beyond grateful and blessed that so many families allow me the opportunity to support them and their children during their divorce.
My hobbies are: I don’t have hobbies anymore. All my free time is consumed with competitive cheer and ice hockey or other sports my son plays in the off season.
My last meal would consist of: some form of protein.
My favorite restaurant is: Any Mexican Food.
The most interesting thing I have ever done is: Skydiving. Most people seem surprised that I used to love anything that created adrenaline.
The two greatest influences of my life have been: As a kid growing up, my parents were my greatest influence. I am blessed, they celebrated 50 years of marriage this year. Professional influences, Dr. Honey Sheff and Dr. Ray Levy and now personally, my family influnces me daily to continue to grow into the best version of wife and mother I can be.
I drive a: BMW convertible. Chris has our family car ☺
I wish I drove a: I don’t know. I feel blessed to have the car I have.
I am currently reading: Books on Resist Refusal family dynamics. I don’t seem to have time to read for pleasure. I hope that changes soon.
Favorite band/musician: Metallica, Elton John, Whiskey Myers. I’m truly eclectic.
Favorite quote: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Gandhi
My friends say my greatest asset is: My gift of speech. Not sure I ever stop talking.
The most important advice I could give a teenager is: Be yourself. Have Boundaries. Give grace and wait for healthy love.