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Jessica Short-Slack, LMSW

Stress, Anxiety Relationships Trauma, Abuse Depression Coping with life changes
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About me

Hello and welcome! What a wonderful and courageous step you have made! My name is Jessica Slack, I am a clinical therapist and a licensed master of social work (LMSW) through the state of Michigan. I acquired both my bachelors and masters of social work through the University of Michigan, and have been practicing as a counselor for individuals, couples, and families for the past 8 years. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including personality disorders, mood disorders (including bipolar disorder and depression), anxiety disorders, OCD, ADHD, PTSD, substance use and addiction, relationship issues, parenting problems, and career challenges. I have worked with victims of trauma and loss, as well as those struggling with impulsive behaviors, eating disorders, and problems managing anger.

My therapy style is empathetic, validating, and encouraging, with a healthy mixture of solution-oriented, motivational, and change-based approaches. Balancing both acceptance and change, I encourage others to identify their personal goals, and work together to build their most authentic life. I use a holistic and strengths-based approach and a variety of therapeutic techniques and interventions tailored toward your unique strengths and needs. I have practiced a variety of treatment modalities, with my expertise being in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PET), and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. I also utilize solution-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing techniques.

I utilize a mixture of theoretical approaches, with a foundation being in the holistic biopsychosocial approach. Integrating biological, psychological, and socio-cultural perspectives, I work toward determining and understanding behavior and cognitive processes as a result of a combination of biological processes, past experiences, and social-cultural norms. I focus on a variation of a strengths-based approach, mindfulness approach, and problem solving approach to develop insight, build skills and enhance mastery, and empower you to be most effective in solving problems and managing emotions. I believe in treating every individual with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and empowering against stigmatizing labels. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.

It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and joyful life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you.

I look forward to working with you!

Professional experience

9yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Relationships Trauma, Abuse Depression Coping with life changes

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Attachment issues, Blended Family Issues, Body image, Chronic pain illness and disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication problems, Control issues, Dependent Personality, Divorce and separation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / loneliness, Jealousy, Life purpose, Midlife crisis, Money and financial issues, Mood disorders , Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic disorder and panic attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy and childbirth, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Social anxiety and phobia, Women's issues, Workplace issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Services offered

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License information

MI LMSW 6801098796


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Jessica Short-Slack. 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.

Jessica has helped me get threw a time when things were dark and she was able to help me threw it. I can tell she cares about her people. I am thankful for having Jessica as my therapist.

Written on Feb 05, 2021 after therapy with Jessica for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Jessica is wonderful. She gives great insight and has excellent book recommendations.

Written on Feb 02, 2021 after therapy with Jessica for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

She makes me feel completely comfortable. I have no hesitation in opening up about my feelings, my past or what I am struggling with. She does a great job pulling out what I am trying to say even if I don’t say it the right way. She uses different tools to help me work through my issues and I am grateful for that.

Written on Jan 20, 2021 after therapy with Jessica for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

She responds honestly and thoughtfully, a rare trait in a fake-o world

Written on Jan 13, 2021 after therapy with Jessica for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and adhd

Jessica has been absolutely wonderful in helping to guide me through all of my struggles. She helps me take a step back and see things from different points of view. She’s very refreshing, and I’m very thankful for her.

Written on Dec 28, 2020 after therapy with Jessica for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and bipolar disorder

Jessica is easy to talk to. I can message her on my own time and I can tell she reads into everything I say. I have time to think before responding, and can message her in the moment when I’m feeling anxiety. It’s much nicer than traditional therapy.

Written on Oct 03, 2020 after therapy with Jessica for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue