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Dr. Jenenne R. Valentino-Bottaro PhD, LMHC


Dr. Jenenne R. Valentino-Bottaro, PhD, LMHC holds certifications in Clinical Trauma Professional, Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional, Trauma and Resiliency Level 1, AutPlay, and Play Therapy and is in supervision for her Registered Play Therapy credential.  Jenenne is a Safe and Sound Protocol Practitioner through Steven Porges, is Level 1 Animal Assisted Play Therapy ™, is in the process of completing Level 2 AAPT ™, and completing her Certificate in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Jenenne is a Certified Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Trauma Informed Care in the Criminal Justice System, SAMHSA trained instructor, Certified QPR Instructor, a Certified Yoga Instructor, and trained in Dance for PD (Parkinson’s Disease). For over 20 years, Jenenne has been a community service provider in the capacity of community development, consultant, therapist, artist-in-residence, college instructor, teacher for students with learning differences and at-risk youth, and human-animal welfare advocate and practitioner.  Jenenne specializes in interpersonal, generational and community trauma, childhood trauma, children and young adults on the autism spectrum and other neuro-differences, Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia, and recovery for substance use and eating disorders. Jenenne is founder of Vai ‘datha- Healing Arts and Community Resilience Consulting and co-founder of the Human-Animal Interconnectedness Institute. Jenenne’s programs and approach integrates dance healing, rhythm healing, play therapy, and human-animal interconnectedness for trauma healing. Jenenne helps to navigate the healing process through the awareness of the deep interconnection between self, animals, nature and society.

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