Hey there, I'm Jess.
I became a counselor out of a passion for the innate human capacity for resilience. The ability for people to endure and overcome is astonishing. But that's not the whole story! Life is about finding meaning and purpose, about experiences that make us feel like we aren't just surviving, but thriving. Life is about creating and savoring those moments where time seems to stop and we are fully in the moment.
It is an honor and a privilege to support others in discovering resilience in their own lives. My ultimate goal is to help others tap into their innate capacity to thrive.
I've had an exciting and interesting career full of a variety of experiences and stops along the way, including active duty military service, emergency psychological assessment, crisis intervention, and clinical therapy. This background helps me bring a unique perspective to my counseling practice and provide better, more specialized care to my clients.
My approach to therapy
My role in your journey is to provide guidance, empower you, and challenge beliefs that may be holding you back. I encourage clients to explore adversity through different perspectives, cultivate resilience through daily life practices, and create a deeper connection to a sense of meaning and purpose in life.
Person-centered: There is no 'one size fits all' counseling treatment. Nobody shares the exact same lived experience and everyone has unique needs. Counseling should be flexible and adaptive. It is a collaboration between the client and the counselor. I will walk beside you every step of the way, but ultimately this is your journey and it should fit your needs.
Trauma-informed: I strive to create a safe, welcoming, nonjudgmental therapeutic environment. There are many paths to healing and there are ways to approach trauma that do not involve re-living past experiences. Together, we can pick a pace that works for you and find ways to identify and recover from the impact of trauma.
Existential: Sometimes in life things occur that cause us to lose touch with ourselves or those aspects of life that provide a sense of purpose and meaning. By reconnecting to our sense of selves and our values, we can begin to develop a vision of a meaningful life, identify our strengths, and recognize our potential.
REBT and Narrative Therapies: In counseling, the process of healing wounds and reconnecting with a meaningful life involves re-establishing and sometimes re-defining our sense of self, as well as adapting to a “new normal” that often requires changes in our perspectives and behaviors. This includes understanding our personal Narratives, the stories we tell ourselves help us to identify, and sometimes replace negative core beliefs and maladaptive thought patterns that may be at the root of our distress.
Active: Healing is a holistic process. When your mind experiences something, so does your body. My style of counseling incorporates movement through yoga, meditation, somatic processing, and other active therapies that help to integrate the mind-body experience so healing happens on every level.
Creative: Healing is also about balance. Therapy can be heavy stuff and sometimes we need to reconnect to the playful and fun side of life. Play is also a great way to explore our identities and discover our likes and dislikes. I invite and encourage clients to incorporate music, comedy, art, games, writing, RPG, and other media into the counseling process.
Credentials & Experience
Master of Science in Clinical Counseling
Independently Licensed with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health and the Idaho Licensing Board of Professional Counselors (AZ License: LPC-18822; ID License: LCPC-8750)
Nationally Certified through the National Board for Certified Counselor (NCC)
Certified Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F)
10+ years of experience in the field of Behavioral Health, including Clinical Counseling, Crisis Intervention with Mesa & Chandler Fire Departments, CISM/Peer support, and Psychiatric Assessment in Hospitals and Emergency Departments.