Jessica received her Master of Arts in Music Therapy and Counseling from Drexel University, eventually becoming a Board-Certified Music Therapist in 2014 and a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2018. Aside from traditional talk therapy techniques, Jessica may weave creativity into sessions to utilize the healthiest parts of the self to conquer the biggest fears and obstacles. She may use songwriting or improvising with instruments to help children learn new ways to express or cope with uncomfortable emotions, to role play communication in the family system, and to improve self-esteem and trust. Even listening to preferred songs and exploring the imagination with guided imagery can allow for mindfulness practice and the chance to calm emotional storms.
Before coming to CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health in July 2020, Jessica spent 3 years working in the inpatient environment near Philadelphia, providing individual and group therapy for adults with chronic severe mental illness as well as educating and supporting their family members. Other clinical experiences include hospice & dementia care with veterans, outpatient substance abuse, adapted music lessons for children with various disabilities, and social skills groups in school & camp environments for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Jessica’s other professional interests include attachment theory, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Jessica is a proud West Virginian, where she spent most of her life. She recently moved to the area after 8 years in Philadelphia. She enjoys spending time with her loving husband and young son, playing several instruments, reading memoirs, cooking, listening to podcasts, and performing her own music.