While we are trying to make sense of things, may we learn to make peace with things – Morgan Harper Nichols
Jessica is currently in network with BCBSIL PPO, Blue Choice, United Healthcare and Cigna. She is also offering self-pay and can also provide a SuperBill if requested.
Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois. I believe we are all doing our best and can still do better, especially with the right help- I hope I can be that help for you. I strive to provide my clients a nonjudgmental space to process their experiences, thoughts, and emotions in an effort to find understanding and acceptance. We work together to help you achieve personal growth and find a more satisfying and fulfilling life.
I have an eclectic theoretical approach, sampling bits and pieces from multiple theories. As we work together, I customize my approach to fit your needs depending on your preferences and goals. I tend to utilize aspects of Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Internal Family Systems. That might seem like a whole lot of nothing to you, so let me clarify-
Person-Centered Therapy (PCT) is a client-centered approach in which the client takes the lead. Therapists following a person-centered approach provide a nonjudgmental and comfortable place for clients to process their thoughts and feelings.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based approach in which negative thoughts and belief patterns are identified and challenged. The idea behind this is if we change the way you think, we can change how you feel and do things moving forward.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of CBT that focuses on skills. DBT skills encompass four areas; mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT helps people recognize discomfort while still feeling “ok,” so they feel empowered to make decisions rather than act on impulses.
Internal Family Systems (IFS) believes that our mind is made up of sub-personalities or parts. Each of our parts has its own idea of what they think is best for us and problems arise when they have differing views. The goal of IFS is to bring those parts together to work together internally, and therefore, externally.
2016 – Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Lewis University
2010 – Bachelors in Community Health | University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
I have experience working with clients in various settings, including community mental health, school, and private practice.
During my graduate internship, I worked with a private practice to provide counseling services to adolescents in a school setting. Following graduation and procuring licensure, I was hired as a therapist and conducted individual counseling sessions with adults, adolescents, and children.
I began working at the community mental health agency conducting assessments and developing treatment plans. After a year of assessment work, I moved into a therapist role, providing individual therapy services for adults. I worked with a wide range of clients with presenting problems, including trauma, anxiety, depression, life changes, and grief. I also led groups on various topics like grief, art expression, and psychoeducation during my time at the community mental health agency.
An essential part of making progress in therapy is finding the right therapist to help you along the way. I hope you’re able to learn a little more about me to get a better idea if I’m the right therapist for you.
In the meantime, here’s a little more about me- In my free time I enjoy cooking, gardening and spending time with my family. I’m a huge animal lover and can talk all day about my dogs. I grew up riding horses and miss it so much!