Jess is a licensed clinical social worker. She received her Master’s degree in social work from Loyola University Chicago with a specialization in working with children and families and her Bachelor’s degree in social work from Northeastern Illinois University.
Jess has worked with children and adolescents who struggle with a variety of stressors including: mood management, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, identity, life transitions, behavioral challenges, interpersonal relationship issues, trauma, and grief. She has also worked with parents/guardians to provide support in boundary setting and managing behavior concerns in young children.
Therapeutically, Jess utilizes a strengths-based approach while also incorporating elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and the mind-body connection. She often integrates mindfulness, physical movement, play, humor, music, and art into session to evoke creative self-exploration in her clients.
“I believe that every client is an expert in one’s own unique life experience. Because of this, I adapt my treatment approach based on individual needs to foster growth. I lean on the importance of forming a strong therapeutic relationship with clients and enjoy learning about their interests, strengths, and passions. In my practice, I strive to provide a safe, welcoming, and non-judgmental environment to enable client’s to explore personal stressors in a way that feels comfortable to them.”