Jessica has spent the vast majority of her career supporting and counseling clients facing issues ranging from addictions, couples/family counseling, eating disorders and mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress and related attention deficit disorders. Jessica has appeared on many TV programs, radio shows, podcasts, newspapers and online articles as an expert in her field. Her truthfulness and expertise as a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist have guided numerous clients to positive, practical and cost-efficient results.
Jessica started her psychotherapy career at Memorial Outpatient Behavioral Health where she gained experience in all facets of treating adults struggling with chemical dependency. While at Memorial, Jessica facilitated process, psycho-educational and topic groups for individuals seeking help for substance abuse and mental health issues using multi-modal approaches: Cognitive Therapy (CT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Narrative Therapy. Providing individualized psychotherapy to individuals seeking help for substance abuse and mental health issue, leading family therapy sessions and completing bio-psychosocial assessments gave her invaluable insight to incorporate into her practice.
Jessica easily transitioned into her role as counselor at The Renfrew Center where she treated clients with eating disorders. On a daily basis, Jessica facilitated process, psycho-educational and topic groups for adolescent, adult and older adult females in a residential eating disorder treatment setting using multi-modal approaches: CT, CBT and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Furthermore, she provided one-to-one support, assisted in crisis situations using therapeutic skills and techniques and conducted assessments for safety based on needs of patients.
Jessica then accepted the role as lead therapist at Dream Recovery International. She provided individual psychotherapy, worked with clients to develop individualized treatment plans based on specific needs, facilitated group therapy sessions on topics of body image, self-esteem, coping skills and defense mechanisms, and worked on development of the eating disorder track and level system program for Dream.
A Maryland native, Jessica is admitted to practice in Utah and Florida. She earned her undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic University in Cross-Cultural Communication with a focus on definitive communication for multicultural settings, prior to receiving her Master of Social Work, with honors, from Florida Atlantic University.
Whether it’s leading a group session on women’s issues or trekking the Uinta Mountains, Jessica finds pleasure through calmly solving problems and understanding her clients’ demands. When not in the office, she enjoys hiking, traveling and cooking.