Jessica believes life is a journey and that journey should be embraced. She knows the journey is tough and can feel exhausting, but there is a way to look at the journey with a different mindset by recognizing individual strengths and having self-compassion. Life puts us in a position where we may have to look at it in a different perspective.
Jessica is a Temporary Limited Licensed Psychologist. She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology through Western Michigan University. She completed her undergraduate studies in the Human Services Program at Baker College of Muskegon.
Jessica specializes in working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect. She has gained 10 years of experience working with traumatized children and adolescents in a few different roles such as a mentor, residential staff, forensic interviewer, and a child advocate. Jessica has been recognized by the Muskegon County Family Court System as an expert in child sexual abuse.
Jessica utilizes an integrated approach in therapy; meeting the client where they are at in their life and with their trauma. Jessica is certified in Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and utilizes Play Therapy interventions. She believes the most important part of therapy is the relationship. She brings her sense of humor and awareness to create a connection. As a mother of three children, Jessica has the awareness as a parent that what happens to our children may also affect others within the family.
Jessica's Personal Vision Statement: To use my voice, To have strength and courage, Roaring with passion down the road of endless possibilities, With laughter, Always, And love with all my heart because I should but mostly because I can.