Jessica graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. With nine years of experience, her career has allowed her to work with numerous children, adolescents, adults, families, and groups from various backgrounds. Jessica’s focus is on children and adolescents who have been through trauma or who struggle with anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, self-esteem. She is trained in play therapy and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and uses these as well as other modalities to help each individual family.
Through her work in the field, she has experience with: therapy utilizing play, parenting education and support, high conflict divorce cases, therapy in schools, substance abuse assessment, substance abuse/ dependence treatment, group substance abuse treatment, and teaching the Prime for Life DUI 20 hours education course. Prior to becoming a therapist, Jessica spent seven years volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and through this experience, became well versed in the court system and developed a deeper passion for helping families.
Counseling is often viewed as only for those who are severely mentally ill, but it is Jessica’s belief that every person deserves to have their optimum mental health. Working from a wellness model, Jessica concentrates on each client as a whole. While Jessica is eclectic in her treatment, she believes that play therapy and other expressive therapies are the best form of treatment for children and adolescence. Having had education, training, and supervision for play therapy, Jessica utilizes play therapy techniques when working with children and adolescents, and is currently finishing her training to become a Registered Play Therapist. No matter the age of the client, it is Jessica’s goal that the time spent together moves the client toward the goals set in treatment and life.
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