M.A., LPC, NCC
Jessica is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Idaho, a National Certified Counselor, and also a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). She received her Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies from Lewis-Clark State College. She then graduated from Washington State University with a Master of Arts in Education, with an emphasis in School Counseling. Jessica has served as a Community Sexual Assault Program Therapist, Advocate & Prevention/Education Specialist in Washington, providing services to survivors and their families of sexual assault. Alongside therapy, Jessica also served as a Designated Mental Health Professional (DMHP) providing crisis intervention services.
After working in a community setting, Jessica was a K-12 School Counselor and a Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Site Coordinator for a rural school, working primarily with high school students to prepare them for post-secondary education. She also served as an Idaho Drug Free Youth (IDFY) Chapter Advisor.
Jessica has experience in working with clients who are struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, anxiety, sexual assault, sexual abuse and many other issues. Jessica does both Christian and non-faith based counseling. She utilizes a Cognitive Behavioral approach, as well as Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) holds the belief that in order to obtain change, human behavior must first be understood. This approach is used to guide individuals to learn new strategies so that a more desired behavior can be developed and is based on the concept that the way people see themselves and the world influences how they feel and behave. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is goal-oriented, and holds the notion that exceptions to the problem must be explored to uncover the desired solution.
Jessica is contracted with a variety of Employee Assistance Programs, Insurance programs, and also provides therapy for the YWCA.