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Jessica McBride, LPCC

Addictions Trauma and abuse Self esteem Depression Coping with life changes

About me

I am a licensed professional clinical counselor and licensed alcohol and drug counselor licensed by the State of Minnesota. I studied at the University of Minnesota and have been working with clients for over 10 years. My work has taken me to Hong Kong and back to my home in Minneapolis; I love working with people and am inspired daily by those who are committed to doing the work it takes to live a life not free of hardships, but a life in which the hardships do not define one's life.

Feminist theory and relational-cultural theory (RCT) are the anchors in the framework of my counseling theory and direct my professional and personal life. Through these theories, connection and empowerment are able to thrive and start the motion of change. My belief is humans are ultimately seeking connections, of which then nurture and cultivate change. To be self-actualized does not mean to be in complete harmony with the path one is on or to not have questions or difficulties. When a human is self-actualized, they are connected to others in empathic, supportive, empowering relationships that foster learning and support. Some modalities that I use with clients are DBT, CBT, and Narrative Therapy techniques. I am person-centered, which means that I will honor your story and treat you with nothing less than absolute respect. I have worked with individuals, couples, adolescents, and families on issues ranging from addiction (both substance and activity), eating disorders, ranges of mental health disorders, relationship concerns and a myriad of other issues that are impeding the client from connecting to hope and happiness. I am strength-based and client-centered; I believe that ultimate courage is about being vulnerable and asking for help. I love music and believe that it has the power to transform lives and I can spend a whole day completely lost in a great book. Spending time with friends and family, and my dogs, is something that I love as much as I do spending a day with just myself. I am socially conscious and believe that difficult conversations are necessary for change. I also know that laughter, at times, really is the best medicine.

I know that no one lives a life without hardships and pain and I sincerely look forward to working with you and empowering you to live your life in the best way possible!

Professional experience

10yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coaching, Compassion fatigue

License information

MN LPCC 01586


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Jessica McBride. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Two Years. 24 months. That's how long Ms. McBride has put up with me. I jest, of course, because no one else in the entire field of medicine, let alone mental health, has done so much to support, nurture, and foster a positive sense of self identity for me. I'm writing this on Christmas night, so maybe this can be considered a gift. It's the least I could do for someone who already given me so much.

Written on Dec 26, 2019 after therapy with Jessica for 1 year and 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Jessica is kind, thoughtful, and earnest. Every conversation we had was substantive, and Jessica always took time to truly understand what I was saying. (I never had a tropey, “and how does that make you feel?” moment.) In our short time, I’ve begun to see myself in better light and continue on a positive trajectory. Unforeseen circumstances caused me to have to stop service but I value the effort and insight Jessica has provided me. Thank you.

Written on Nov 14, 2019 after therapy with Jessica for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, eating disorders, and self esteem

Jessica is kind and honest when we have our sessions. I can feel her warmth through our messages and the video sessions are just as good as meeting in person. Jessica is teaching me how to go about my life with less judgment and more forgiveness for myself and through difficult family situations. When life's unavoidable complications arise I now think "WWJD or What Would Jessica Do". It has led me to be less reactionary, therefore, really bettering my quality of life. Thank you!

Written on Oct 24, 2019 after therapy with Jessica for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

Jessica is fantastic. Her hours for live appointments varies, which means there's always an opportunity to get scheduled no matter your schedule. Her help has been invaluable thus far.

Written on Sep 28, 2019 after therapy with Jessica for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue

She is very prompt with her responses and always offers some insight as to how I can better whatever it is I'm dealing with. It offers me a sense of hope that things will get better.

Written on Oct 16, 2018 after therapy with Jessica for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Jessica is one of the few counselors I've worked with and felt and felt a real connection to. There were moments I was frustrated. Just when I would think I'd be onto something she would steer it a different direction. However, because of that I learned quite a bit about myself. I still have work to do, but feel confident I will someday get there and if needed could reach out to her again.

Written on Apr 11, 2018 after therapy with Jessica for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and addictions