I am Wendy Jacobsen, mother of three sweet children. I grew up in California and have enjoyed living in the Bay Area for much of my life. I have also lived in the Middle East, Central Asia, parts of Europe, and Seattle, Washington. I currently reside in Montgomery, Alabama and love it. I enjoy riding and racing bikes and help manage the Redtails Race Team under the leadership of the Major Taylor Cycling Club of Alabama.
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), seeing clients through my practice called Healing Division. I also have a background in education with a teaching credential in Language Arts. I have taught English overseas to grades 1 – 5, ESL and literature through a non-profit, and various subjects at the high school level. I speak the Levantine dialect of Arabic.
I have been involved in organizational leadership in a variety of different sectors, including community development, youth and adult athletics, and serving on non-profit leadership teams. My most important educative experiences have been working with and learning from people who come from different backgrounds than myself, including Palestinians in Jordan, my Kazakh host families and friends in Kazakhstan, African American youth in Seattle, and my therapy clients and colleagues from a variety of ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
I am an anti-racist, LGBTQ+ ally, and Christian. When we were expecting Isaiah, our oldest, we decided to choose a family scripture to complement our family’s mission statement. It is Micah 6:8, “He has shown you, oh man, what is good and what the Lord requires of you; to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” My life, like yours, has been a journey. A journey that has at times been painful, where I felt I had lost my way. Yet these principles have guided me and stuck with me: justice, kindness, and humility. I accept grace for my failures, each day the kindness of God sustains me. So by grace I do my best to show kindness and express hope in all I do, whether it is parenting, therapeutic work, riding with teammates, or the written word.
I write to listen, to understand, and to encourage listening and understanding. Our country is deeply polarized. I have close family and friends who are on both sides of these divides. I am witnessing first-hand the heartache and suffering arising from these divisions. I feel compelled to use my voice and therapeutic skills to be a bridge-builder, aiming to further understanding on both sides of the divide.