Jessica is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Play Therapist utilizing play-based methods to work primarily with children, adolescents and their parents in identifying the origin of symptoms and exploring strategies and tools to support the child and family as a whole.
Jessica completed her undergraduate degree in psychology from The Ohio State University with a minor in Womens Studies. She soon after obtained a Master degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. During her first internship as an MFT trainee she was exposed to the amazing healing modality of play therapy and began attending courses at University of California San Diego to become a Registered Play Therapist.
Jessica utilizes play therapy in her work with children and adolescents using a child-centered approach while incorporating the latest research working from an interpersonal neurobiology framework to better understand the needs of children who experience stress, anxiety, and trauma and help develop stronger emotional resilience. Her treatment approach draws largely from an understanding of Developmental Psychology, Attachment, Psychodynamic, and Humanistic Theory, Family Systems Model, and Interpersonal Neurobiology. Jessica enjoys working with the parent-child dyad to address any attachment challenges. She has completed training in Child Parent Psychotherapy, Positive Parent Program, and is also a Certified Infant Massage Educator. Jessica is passionate about early intervention and work within infant-mental health; especially assisting parents who may be struggling with the transition into parenthood and the wide range of emotions that come with this. She has obtained extensive training within birth-5 mental health and has received the California Endorsement of Infant, Family, and Early Childhood Mental Health. In order to better support these parents, Jessica has completed additional training in Perinatal Mental Health from Postpartum Support International and is working towards her certification. She additionally works with parents to support with prenatal and postnatal challenges, infertility issues, postpartum mood disorders, NICU and special needs parents.
Child or Adolescent
Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
Trauma and PTSD
Impulse Control Disorders