Jessica’s work in residential treatment began many years ago when she worked as a residential staff at a co-ed treatment facility while completing her BS in Behavioral Science, with an emphasis in Psychology, at Utah Valley University. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree, Jessica went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling, during which time she worked as the residential director of a treatment facility for adolescent sex offenders with co-occurring disorders. Jessica is a fully licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the State of Utah, and has enjoyed many years of experience working with court-appointed and privately placed at-risk youth and their families in the RTC setting, as well as with young adults preparing to transition from proctor care into adult living home and community settings. Early in her clinical experience, Jessica spent a year working in a clinical outpatient setting with the general population. While every clinical venue she has worked in has a place in her heart, Jessica has found that her true passion is in working with youth and their families, and she brings this passion to New Haven coupled with her motto of “home and healthy.” She believes in helping each of her clients identify and embrace their individual worth and within that process make peace with their past, look forward to their future and live mindfully in the present.
Jessica has experience working with anxiety, mood disorders, executive functioning deficits and spectrum disorders, trauma, attachment, relationship dynamics, substance abuse, sexual misconduct, eating disorders and various co-morbid issues. Jessica is also certified in equine assisted psychotherapy and has several years of experience working with youth in therapeutic equine settings, both as a therapist and a co-facilitator. Jessica has a passion for working with youth in experiential settings, and a strong belief in using a relationship-based approach to facilitate hope and healing within individuals and families. Jessica also has experience facilitating parent and family workshops and multi-family group work. She firmly believes that the healthy relationships and proactive support systems developed through these experiences are an essential component to the individual and familial healing process.