I am imperfect, but powerful. I am vulnerable, but brave. I am sensitive, but strong. I am soft, but resilient. I am enough.
Jen Borovica is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) in the State of Ohio. Over the past six years she has gained experience working in the mental health and substance use fields. Her past role she held the lead counselor position at a chemical dependency agency. She currently runs her own private practice, called RebelRising Wellness where she does individual therapy. She has created a sober active community for women in recovery.
Jennifer graduated with her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Cleveland State University in 2012. She was awarded a full scholarship and named a recipient for the Leadership Fellows Program at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. While at Case Western, her education was focused on the importance of utilizing evidence based practices and developing leadership skills.
She is a three-time Ironman finisher and an avid triathlete. In addition, she coaches triathletes and specializes in mental performance coaching. She enjoys learning about training the body and mind to reach peak performance. She is a member of the Applied Association of Sport Psychology (AASP) and working towards obtaining a Mental Performance Consultant Certification (CMPC) through AASP.
One of the most brave and important things a person can do is to share their story. Here is mine, and my ‘why’ for doing the work that I do. My difficulties began in my high school years. During this time I started using alcohol to cope with some very painful feelings, which eventually led to years of substance use. After years of dealing with addiction issues, I made the decision to get sober at the age of 30 and started on the most important journey of my life. Like an athlete preparing for competition, I went ‘all in’ into my recovery.
I have been an athlete for as long as I can remember. Engaging in sport provided me with a healthy outlet to cope with the difficulties that I was facing. In addition to the benefits of stress release, playing sports offered me a supportive community of like-minded friends. In 1999, I attempted to get sober on my own by replacing my addiction with fitness, which I know today is NOT the answer. That summer I completed 5 triathlons and fell in love with the sport. Unfortunately, triathlon training was not a permanent solution for long term sobriety because it was not enough to keep me from drinking again. At the age of 30 I decided to seek professional treatment and start my recovery journey. During my first year of sobriety I jumped back into triathlon but knew that other pressing life issues had to come first. It wasn’t until I was 8 years sober when I would fully embrace a triathlon lifestyle.
Working on my physical fitness through triathlon was extremely helpful for treating my overall mental well-being. I raced competitively for 5 years, but after a slew of injuries and set backs, I was forced to take a time out. During this time, I chose to lean in and dive deep into some emotional issues that continued to persist throughout my recovery. I was blessed to find an incredibly gifted therapist who helped me to work through and heal layers and layers of trauma from my past. This unhealed trauma was not only impacting my performance but every inch of my overall well-being. This healing work created an awakening inside that has been the most profound gift I have ever received.
Today I understand the impact of trauma and its devastation on a person’s physical health and overall well-being. By utilizing my experience as a substance abuse counselor, my involvement in the 12 step rooms, and my experience as a triathlete and triathlon coach, I have committed my life’s work to using my strengths to help others heal and overcome from their substance use issues and trauma.