Hi, I'm Jess!
I am licensed mental health counselor associate; however, I am also a wife, a mother, a stepmother, a daughter, and a friend. Each role is deeply significant to me and brings immense value to my life. My approach to therapy is informed as much by my formal training as it is by perspectives gained in these roles. Many of the areas I focus on in my practice have come from firsthand experience. My orientation to my work is that therapy is most beneficial when it centers the processes of evaluating your current narratives, mining for what is meaningful, and letting go of what is no longer serving you. My job is to be curious with you and help to facilitate a space where you can safely and empathetically come to your own conclusions.
Areas of expertise:
Navigating questions of identity
Purpose/meaning after leaving a faith system
Religious Trauma and Spiritual Abuse
I hold a master’s degree from the University of Washington. My training at Seattle Children’s Hospital PEARL Clinic (Program for Enhancement of Attention, Regulation, and Learning) equipped me to support parents/caregivers in their parenting challenges. Additionally, I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I hold to the philosophy that each client’s story and experiences dictate their needs and I work collaboratively with my clients to meaningfully support them in their endeavors.
I have partnered with Mindful Therapy Group for administrative, scheduling, and billing support. You can view my profile and there as well.
A Little About Me
Engaging in conversations with people about their existential and spiritual questions has always held significance for me. As my own inherited beliefs were challenged in my early adult years, I recognized a lack of therapists who understood the nuances and pain of dissecting and/or leaving a faith system. Therefore, developing a therapy practice and creating a space that centered around working through complexities of dismantling given beliefs became a dream of mine.
Additionally, I care deeply about the well-being of those who are impacted by the difficulties of ADHD. Living with and loving both children and adults with ADHD propelled me to seek formal education to understand how to better support them and others who may be struggling with their ADHD symptoms. Partnering with parents/caregivers to understand their unique individual and family needs is a primary component of my work.
Regardless of one's unique struggles, I believe that we all have a basic need as humans to be seen, heard, and believed. Listening to and holding people's stories is a sacred privilege, no matter the catalyst that brings people to me, and I feel honored to share in that space with those who allow me to be in it with them.
If you are in Washington State and are in need of a therapist, I offer telehealth therapy for my clients. Please reach out to see if I would be a good fit for your needs.