Jessica was raised in a small town in Louisiana with a passion for sports ultimately attending college on an athletic scholarship. Jessica balanced life as a student-athlete while obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor focus in Human Performance from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. In 2010, she relocated to Dallas where she earned her Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling.
Prior to joining DCTC, Jessica worked for a mental health hospital providing treatment to teens and pre-teens struggling with major depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and behavioral problems. Prior to that, she worked for both Dallas Metrocare Services and ADAPT of Texas providing counseling to individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. She often provided treatment to these clients in shelters or in their home as a way to ensure they received needed services. This work involved a great deal of crisis intervention when members of the community became suicidal, homicidal or were experiencing psychotic symptoms. During her time there, she provided treatment to clients who were struggling with addiction as they worked to attain sobriety.
Jessica specializes in working with various issues including but not limited to sexual and emotional trauma, depression, anxiety, addiction, relationship issues and Bipolar Disorder. Jessica is calm in a crisis and is aware of local resources to assist a client in the event they need a more intense level of care. She is comfortable working with children, teens and adults. She is also trained to provide couples counseling and is skilled in providing treatment to the LGBTQ community considering their unique experiences. During treatment, she pulls from a variety of therapeutic techniques including Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Jessica is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is utilized to treat anxiety-based disorders including PTSD, emotional/sexual trauma, and negative beliefs about oneself.
Sessions with Jessica are tailored to fit the needs of each client and she focuses on the importance of the therapeutic relationship. Her approach to therapy is humanistic in nature and examines the client as a whole to gain a deeper understanding of the issues they face. Jessica provides support and skill building while challenging clients to face limitations and overcome barriers as they arise throughout the process.
During her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with family and friends, and traveling.