Who am I? Good question. It depends on the time, day, season, and who is asking.
Below is a summary of the experiences and skills relevant to the moment.
Jen Sonstein Maidenberg, M.A. is a writer, researcher, and dreamwork practitioner. She received a B.A. from The George Washington University and an M.A. from the Shaindy Rudoff Creative Writing Program at Bar-Ilan University. Her full professional bio may be found on LinkedIn.
Jen has been independently studying dreams, dream therapy, and alternative healing for more than 20 years. She is currently training and working as a Natural Dreamwork practitioner.
Online and in person (in New Jersey), Jen guides individuals interested in remembering, excavating, and exploring their dreams.
Jen supports individuals seeking to engage with their dreams as a way of expanding and deepening their experience with waking life.
Clients choose to work with Jen for a variety of reasons, including a desire to increase dream recall, understand “strange” dreams or paranormal experiences, heal old wounds, feel more alive and connected in waking life, or mend relationships with themselves, their loved ones, or people who have passed. See Dreamwork for more information, or read recent posts to learn more.
Related Studies and Practices
Other related areas of Jen’s expertise, study, or practice include watercolor painting, Jewish chanting, Kabbalah, Hebrew, Classical Chinese medicine, embodiment work, attachment trauma and healing, mindful communication, astrology, psychic and intuitive development, reincarnation, paranormal encounters, consciousness, and time travel.
Most recently, Jen worked as a tech content marketing executive in both Israel and the U.S. Previously, she was a journalist and a children’s book club editor. She also founded, in 2007, Mindful Living NJ, a consulting company supporting holistic health and wellness practitioners with marketing, communications, and event planning. In the years since, Jen has worked as a content marketing consultant and strategist to many holistic health professionals, entrepreneurs, and wellness practitioners.
An early blogger, in the late 90s, Jen wrote a weekly column about Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the site ScoopMe, and at the height of the Mommy Blog scene in the late 2000s, wrote searingly honest hot takes on health as “The Wellness Bitch.”
As a freelance journalist, Jen has reported for multiple news outlets — including The Times of Israel and the Arizona Jewish Post — covering books, literature, healing therapies, science, technology, psychic phenomena, community activism, and cultural events.
While living in the Northern Israel kibbutz community of Hannaton from 2010-2017, Jen studied creative nonfiction and poetry at Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv.
Jen’s essays and poems have been featured in Medium’s Human Parts, Zibby Owens’ Moms Don’t Have Time to Write, Dr. Richard Cytowic’s column for Psychology Today, Proximity, Split Lip, Queen Mob’s Tea House, District Lit, and Silver Birch Press. In 2015, she was named a finalist for the Ruminate Magazine Spiritual Nonfiction Prize.
Jen’s novella-length lyric essay has been named a finalist three times for the Autumn House Press full-length book contest (2016, 2017, & 2020). Two personal essays about her adjustment to life in Israel were included in the 2017 published anthology, Becoming Israeli. As an editor of Scholastic Book Clubs, she wrote three original activity books for elementary-age children.
Jen is currently researching dreams, Jewish mysticism, memory, music, precognition, time travel, synchronicity, consciousness, and the afterlife. Essays on these topics may be found on the home page and at jenmaidenberg.medium.com.
To support this research, please check out her Patreon page.