Board certified, Jennifer Bleak, MD, currently serves as an adult psychiatrist at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Madison and Kenosha, where she provides support and psychiatric services for adults in the areas of depression, anxiety and addiction programming.
A graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, Dr. Bleak completed her residency in psychiatry at the University of Chicago Medical Center, her internship at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago and her fellowship in psychotherapy at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. Dr. Bleak previously lived in Japan for 11 years, where she worked as clinical director of a nonprofit health organization for English speakers. While in Japan, she realized how very differently various cultures view social relationships, which adds value to her therapy approach.
Dr. Bleak applies mind/body approaches, such as mindfulness and somatic experiencing, as well as psychological approaches to relieve pain in her patients. Somatic experiencing focuses on the bodily sensations that are inseparable from emotion. Through this therapy, the patient’s attention and energy are redirected and expended in another way that might be more beneficial. Somatic experiencing can offer an advantage for trauma patients because painful events don’t have to be remembered to be successfully treated.
Prior to joining the staff at Rogers, Dr. Bleak served as a general psychiatrist and supervisor of addiction treatment at Beloit Memorial Hospital in Beloit, Wis.