Welcome to Forward in Heels, where we empower badass women to excel at what they do, stand tall, and own their worth so they can light up the world!

Forward in Heels was founded by Jenny Maenpaa, LCSW, EdM, a licensed clinical psychotherapist who has helped women make bold, lasting changes in their lives for over a decade.

Embarking on the journey of self-discovery is right for any woman who is ambitious, goal-oriented, and motivated to evaluate her own life and take steps to reach the next step towards self-actualization. Jenny's clinical expertise empowers clients to achieve their goals to make permanent, long-lasting changes both personally and professionally, while feeling emotionally supported and validated. She believes strongly in a set of core values that inform everything she does.

Both therapy and coaching are gaining popularity in professional communities as necessary strategies for successful development of individuals, managers, and leaders. Both organizations and individuals see the benefits of therapy and coaching as tools to help high-potential employees become transformational leaders.

You may be wondering, "How do I know if therapy or coaching is the right path for me? Aren't they kind of the same?" Those are great questions. Therapy and coaching share many of the same origins in helping clients make permanent changes in their lives.

  • Therapy is often more long-term, focusing on past experiences or traumas that are preventing future successes. Therapy clients may experience anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), problematic relationship patterns, low self-esteem, emotional eating issues, and/or family dynamic challenges.

  • Coaching tends to be more short-term, focusing on tackling barriers to professional goals within a specific timeframe. Coaching clients may experience symptoms of anxiety or depression but often do not meet a clinical diagnosis, and primarily seek support in focusing on work-related challenges.

Women are twice as likely as men to develop an anxiety disorder, and women’s illnesses generally last longer, have more severe symptoms, and are more disabling. Anxious women are also more likely to develop an additional anxiety disorder, an eating disorder, or depression. A crisis is any situation where you temporarily experience an overwhelming event that can upset your normal equilibrium or baseline level of functioning. Whether you feel that your concerns rise to a clinical level or are simply impacting your life in a way you'd like to take charge of, we can find the right fit for you. Jenny will complete an intake interview with all potential new clients and recommend a plan of action that the client and Jenny will adjust if necessary before agreeing upon.

Jenny is always willing to work around your demanding schedule virtually, including Skype and phone sessions. Through digital platforms, clients' time with Jenny is used to maximum efficiency. Remote access capabilities mean that clients can continue making progress towards goals from anywhere, anytime, including around necessary travel.

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and schedule your intake today!

Women used to think they had to emulate men to get what they wanted. Now they are realizing that unleashing their own unique, special qualities that set them apart from men is how they will achieve their dreams.

We are no longer dancing backwards, trying to mirror men.

We are moving forward...in heels.