Staff Associate Therapist
“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”
Jessica is passionate about connection, healthy relationships, and embracing our diversity. It is her goal to provide a safe space where individuals can come and express the fullness of who they are while exploring their goals to achieve holistic wellness. Jessica believes that the client is the expert on themselves and uses an integrative and collaborative approach to therapy to assist clients in identifying strengths and goals for improvement. Jessica values the power of the therapeutic relationship and believes that healing begins when a person receives genuine empathy, safety, and unconditional positive regard. Her areas of interest include grief, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, and identity development.
Prior to joining the Summit, Jessica obtained valuable experience working at an Atlanta based center, where she provided counseling to individuals, children, and couples who have experienced trauma, PTSD, domestic violence, addictions, grief, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. Jessica also worked with young adults at a homeless shelter who have complex trauma and are experiencing difficulties in their life’s transitions including, suicidality, depression, mood disorders, and grief. Most recently Jessica has worked with children and adolescents in the foster care system to provide community-based behavioral health services.
Jessica completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Georgia State University. She then went on to obtain her Master of Arts in Counseling from Richmont Graduate University where she gained training in integrating spirituality in counseling.
When she is not counseling, Jessica loves being involved in community activities, eating diverse foods, and spending quality time with family and friends.
–Bachelor’s of Arts, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
-Master’s of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Richmont Graduate University, Atlanta, GA
Licensure, Certifications, and Professional Affiliations:
- National Board for Certified Counselors- NBCC
- Member, American Counseling Association