Are you the type of person who longs for connection and safety in your relationships, but ends up pushing those who care for you away? Often these behaviors are learned as an adaptive response to childhood trauma. While these behaviors may have helped you survive your trauma in the past, they are only causing you distress now. If your current way of coping with daily life or handling relationships is not working for you, I can help guide you in setting and achieving your goals of healthier communication, coping skills, and trust in your relationship.
I offer therapy to adult individuals and couples in a calm, relaxing, and accepting environment. I have a passion for survivors of childhood trauma; whether that be childhood abuse and neglect, adult children of alcoholics, or adults raised in dysfunctional families. In our work together you will learn skills that can help you cope with triggers, communicate needs with your partner, and process your trauma in a safe environment.
At the age of 30 with two kids in tow, Jessica began her educational journey at Aims Community College where she earned her Associate in Liberal Arts. She then transferred to The University of Northern Colorado where she earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology. She then completed her college experience by earning her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling. Jessica has completed several training courses since graduating from UNC including her Certified Clinical Trauma Professional training.
Jessica believes that our core selves have had to put up many walls of protection to make it through life’s experiences. With practice and a willingness to be vulnerable, Jessica believes that by processing trauma, learning new coping and communication skills, it is possible to peel back the layers and let our core selves in order to have our needs met. Jessica will find the right fit of therapy for you after getting to know you and your needs. These methods may include the following approaches: Gottman, IFS, Systemic, Mindfulness, and others.
Jessica hopes to become certified in EMDR and one day have a certified therapy dog!
In her spare time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her kids and dogs going camping or just out to the movies.
"Building trust in any relationship can be difficult, especially for survivors of traumatic experiences. I understand that building trust in the therapeutic relationship also takes time. I have spent a lifetime witnessing trauma's impact on people close to me and their loved ones and can tell you there is hope."
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