These values guide my approach to therapy.
RELATIONAL CULTURAL THERAPY
Humans are social creatures. Who you are and who I am matters. To feel seen, heard, and understood can be healing and transformative. I will strive to create a space where you can speak your truth. Together, we can better understand your thoughts, emotions, or behaviors, some of which might be distressing or painful. I will listen with compassion and help you find your way through.
I believe that exploring the past sets a useful context for understanding issues that are coming up in the present. In particular, our experiences early in life can unconsciously influence how we relate to others and how we make meaning of the world. By clarifying what is influenced by the past and what aspects of the issues are more grounded in the present, we can better make decisions about how to manage challenges.
Societal pressures about who we should be or how we should live our lives can pull us away from being our true selves. Sometimes when we are mistreated, we are told that it’s our fault or there’s something wrong with us. By gaining clarity on where these negative beliefs came from, you can write a new narrative of who you truly are.
WHAT'S YOUR STORY?
Jessica brings many gifts that help individuals at the intersection of society: a deep perspective of social issues/justice that is sensitive to the individuals involved and their environments, a refreshing cultural humility, a clear and gentle way of highlighting societal dynamics, and a subtle mind that can analyze social forces, including oppressive ones. Jessica is awesome!