Welcome! Congratulations on taking this next step in your journey to becoming the best version of yourself. Starting therapy, whether you have never been in counseling before or are trying a new way to connect with a counselor, can be scary, and I hope learning more about me and how I approach counseling helps you feel more comfortable.
I am a 2008 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Social Work and I have been practicing clinical social work as a therapist in private practice for the past ten years. I have worked with people of all ages, experiencing a wide range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and difficulty adjusting to life changes. I approach therapy from a holistic perspective, incorporating a number of theoretical perspectives, based on your needs. I draw from cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness, and other approaches.
Therapy is a collaborative process, starting with where you are, identifying your strengths and needs, and working together to set goals to help you get to where you want to be. I am non-judgmental, open, and committed to the core social work values: service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, integrity and competence. I hope that you will feel comfortable sharing your story with me, and that the therapeutic relationship we will build will help you feel welcomed, safe and understood.
*If you would like to work with me, please note that my availability for live sessions for new clients is currently limited to what is shown on my schedule.* If this does not match with your availability, please consider selecting a different counselor, as my availability is not likely to change in the near future. I wish you the best on your journey, and hope we have the opportunity to work together.
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
MD LCSW-C 16901
Orndoff is an excellent therapist -- I appreciate especially how she has different methodologies she uses that she can adapt to the situation at hand. I get a limited number of sessions through my EAP and I really appreciate how Orndoff respects that and helps us use our time in the most effective manner possible, giving me "homework" to help me get the most out of short-term therapy. If I were going to pursue long-term therapy, I couldn't ask for a better therapist than Orndoff who perfectly blends compassionate listening with practical advice.
Written on Oct 03, 2023 after therapy with Jessica for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Shes great she listens hears my needs and wants and works with my busy schedule
Written on Jun 03, 2023 after therapy with Jessica for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
I am so grateful to have been matched to Jessica as my BetterHelp therapist. Jessica has been helpful in my healing journey, always listening, validating, and helping me connect the dots and understand behavior patterns and the roots of my self-beliefs. Jessica was easy to talk to and share with, and I never felt judged by her. I always looked forward to our sessions. While my healing journey continues, I wouldn't be where I am today had it not been for Jessica's support. Thank you.
Written on Dec 28, 2022 after therapy with Jessica for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
I have always been skeptical of therapy, mostly due to a traumatic experience with a child therapist years prior but something told me I was ready. I was lucky enough to be matched with Jessica. She is kind, funny and attentive. She offers multiple practices and steps that help you reach your goals. She will offer you pragmatic and realistic advice but she will also let you vent about nonsense. BetterHelp, and especially Jessica have been a blessing in my life. I can say with certainty I am a stronger and more grounded person because of my experiences with this service.
Written on Apr 26, 2022 after therapy with Jessica for 1 year and 5 months
Jessica is extremely helpful in bringing me new perspective as well as validating the concerns I have about myself and the world around me. I have never felt judged by her, only supported. She has been so wonderful in giving me the resources I need to understand why I’m in therapy, and how I can move forward with working on myself!
Written on Jul 28, 2021 after therapy with Jessica for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar dis
I have been working with Jessica for about 3 months now and it's been a wonderful experience. Jessica is very patient and a great listener. She is also very encouraging and able to help me tackle my issues without rushing me or making me uncomfortable. Within 3 months I've already shown plenty of growth and I'm feeling more confident as a whole.
Written on Jan 25, 2021 after therapy with Jessica for 2 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues