Jessica identifies as a first-generation Mexican-American, has a BA in Political Science from San Diego State University, a Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in Migration Studies, and a Master’s in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies from Loyola University Chicago. Together these disciplines help inform Jessica’s practice and feminist approach. As much as she is compassionate and empathetic, Jessica is collaborative, direct, fun and a bit informal in practice. She challenges her clients when necessary and prides herself in having great rapport with her clients.
Jessica was introduced to social services 10 years ago working with un-housed families and youth aging out of the foster care system.
Her time at Loyola allowed her to immerse herself in indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico where she conducted women’s groups with the local indigenous co-op. Jessica has since then worked in multiple levels of mental health treatment including: inpatient psychiatric unit, emergency room, oncology medical floor, and outpatient community mental health. Having explored all areas and worked within the community, it was evident that Jessica’s true passion was working with individuals to heal from trauma, align themselves with their values and true being, as well as challenge internalized maladaptive belief systems.
Most recently, Jessica became trained in EMDR, eye-movement desensitization treatment and now uses this modality with clients to support them with a variety of issues. Jessica specializes in working with BIPOC, the LGBTQIA+ community, childhood trauma, complex-PTSD/PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief, identity and relationship/attachment issues.
Jessica is passionate about social justice issues, politics, traveling, her motorcycle and salsa dancing!
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*Terapia se ofrece en Español.