I have dedicated my life to serving individuals, children, and families since 1997. I have a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology from University of St. Mary, a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Kansas and a Certification in Play Therapy from Mid-America Nazarene University.
I have served for over 10 years as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) in a myriad of mental health settings including at two of the largest hospitals in the metropolitan Kansas City area. I provide crisis intervention, risk assessment, diagnostic impression utilizing the DSM-V, and short-term stabilization services for the most vulnerable populations of the city. I have the awesome responsibility to deliver treatment based upon sound theoretical principles with knowledge of the special issues and needs of the population served. I serve a population is primary made up of clients with dual diagnosis, impoverished, and chronic mental illness. As a member of a multi-disciplinary team in Emergency Departments, I develop treatment strategies to meet the multifaceted needs of this diverse population, with attention to the policies and procedures of the hospitals. I am also able to interface with both internal and external treatment providers for appropriate referrals based on psychiatric diagnosis to support the respective dispositions of the patients I serve.
In efforts to pay it forward, I have worked as an educator since 2013 as an adjunct faculty for the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare Master of Social Work and the Ottawa University Human Service programs. I am continually utilizing my skills as a mental health therapist and my passion to train, educate, and to create awareness of social injustices. As the BSW Student Services Coordinator of the 2+2 Program at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare from February 2014 to December 2016, I used my skills and experience as a social worker to enthusiastically support countless others as they aspire to their dreams of becoming social workers.
My work with families, children, and individuals has been based on the strengths-based perspective. I believe that all of us have the ability to persevere over any obstacle. We all have natural gifts, talents, and abilities that enable us to overcome. It is important that these strengths be recognized from the beginning of developing a path so that there is a foundation to build on. I believe that I have the ability to tap into these strengths and support my clients to see them as well.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Communication Problems, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Family Problems, Impulsivity, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Self-Love, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
MO LCSW 2021043432
KS LSCSW 06114
Jaresa Ross-Bey is very easy to talk to and seems to immediately understand what I am going through. She is like talking to a friend or family member that happens to be a therapist.
Written on Feb 24, 2024 after therapy with Jaresa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management
Jaresa was thoughtful and understanding. She kept our conversation focused and goal-oriented without losing her sense of compassion and relatability. She was always tuned in and I always felt she had my best interest at heart.
Written on Dec 21, 2023 after therapy with Jaresa for 1 year and 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, parenting issues, and anger management
Written on Sep 09, 2023 after therapy with Jaresa for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes
She is very understanding. Listens and respects what we share.
Written on Mar 09, 2023 after therapy with Jaresa for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and career difficulties
She is kind and caring, truly genuine and thoughtful. I never feel rushed, and she is attentive and helpful.
Written on Mar 01, 2023 after therapy with Jaresa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Jaresa is amazing! I look forward to every chance we are able to connect. She listens and cares for her clients. She has made such a positive impact on my life. I highly recommend her. I feel like I am meeting with a close friend every time!
Written on Feb 24, 2023 after therapy with Jaresa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, and coping with life changes