Hello and welcome to BetterHelp! I am a clinical social worker licensed in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Nevada. I have worked in the mental health profession providing counseling for over 20 years, 6 of those years as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Psychology, from the University of North Dakota in 1997. I earned my Master of Social Work degree from the College of St. Catherine/University of St. Thomas in 2003. I have lived and worked in both small town/rural areas, as well as in urban areas including Minneapolis/St. Paul and Phoenix, AZ. I have provided therapy in numerous settings including schools, day-treatment programs, in-home, virtually, and in an outpatient behavioral health clinic. I have experience helping people with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, abuse/trauma, adjustment to life changes, relationship issues, LGBTQ+ issues, school/career challenges, family problems, and intrapersonal problems.
It is my priority to provide a safe, inclusive, non-judgmental space for my clients. My therapy style is warm and relational. I treat my clients with respect and compassion. My approach is strength-based and person-centered, which means I meet you where you are and help you recognize and build on the positive qualities you already posses. I combine cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused techniques, and mindfulness practices to help my clients learn how to help themselves.
I recognize that it takes courage and strength to ask for help. Your decision to seek therapy for yourself is evidence that you possess these qualities and have the ability to make changes that will lead you to a happier, healthier life. I would be honored to work with you on your journey!
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, ADHD, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
ND LCSW 4114
MN LICSW 16385
NV LCSW 11128-C
BetterHelp has allowed me to better myself and allowed me to say what's on my mind. It has also allowed me to not be afraid to express these depressing thoughts that I have as long I talk about them with my therapist who helps me get through them.
Written on Feb 09, 2023 after therapy with Jessica for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties
Jessica is great to work with. She listens to understand and guides me on the path to self improvement.
Written on Dec 13, 2022 after therapy with Jessica for 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd
She is absolutely amazing and so insightful. I’m a matter of two weeks, she has been the light of hopefulness that I needed to work on my self development and my mental health. Thank you so much Jessica
Written on Nov 07, 2022 after therapy with Jessica for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, and adhd
Jessica has helped me for a long time. She is an excellent listener, provides good feedback and has helped me learn many coping skills.
Written on Sep 05, 2022 after therapy with Jessica for 1 year and 5 months
I’m so grateful to have such a wonderful therapist.
Written on Jul 13, 2022 after therapy with Jessica for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues
Jessica is amazing. I was able to overcome a lot over my time with her. She is great about making me see the real reason behind what I am feeling, but also letting me accept that there isn't always a reason. She truly is wonderful at what she does.
Written on May 12, 2022 after therapy with Jessica for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd