Help is Available.
If you're feeling stuck, insecure, overwhelmed, anxious or despairing, counseling could be useful. If you're told that you over-react or you have a hard time with close relationships, tools can help you regulate and awareness can lead to long-term shifts.
Clients ranging from 3 to over 70 years old have worked with me on a wide range of issues, such as break-ups, life transitions, insecurity, gender, loss of direction, emotional overwhelm and traumas - as well as "positive" changes that can also be hard, such as new jobs, new relationships, marriage, having a child, taking new risks and finding confidence. My approach is very interactive and based on acceptance and non-judgment - I believe we are all capable of feeling better about ourselves and finding new and more satisfying ways to be in the world. Change is possible!
I welcome all genders, orientations and lifestyles and also strive to be culturally sensitive.
Jessica Smith is a profoundly powerful woman and therapist. Her life and professional experience give her work deep strength, passion, and vitality – one feels very present and alive in working with her! Her keen intellect and ability to cut through issues is a strength she possesses; at the same time, her open heart is is able to hold you in safety. She is consistently engaged in doing her own personal work, and thus she brings to you a clean, alert presence that is absolutely invaluable in a therapist. I recommend her whole-heartedly!Sharon Davis, MFT
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
Therapy can help you function more effectively and deal with your problems in more satisfying and effective ways. We all need support at times and sometimes, the optimal support is from someone who isn't in our personal sphere. Given that you are here, it's safe to assume that you are wanting something for yourself and your life that you are having trouble accessing on your own. Even if you aren't dealing with significant mental health challenges, therapy allows you to learn about yourself and grow in new ways.
Counseling and Therapy – What’s the Difference?
Counseling can be helpful for specific issues like situational anxiety or communication challenges or stress management. We focus on tools and symptom management and helping you function better right now.
Therapy, as in psychotherapy, is often a longer term depth process that works on healing old wounds that are persistently impacting your daily life. In practice, the two can overlap a lot and where we go depends on what you need and what you are ready for.
What can I expect in the first session?
First, we'll review the paperwork and clarify any questions or concerns about policies and agreements. Then we'll discuss your current challenges and I'll gather relevant history. I will give you feedback and reflections and discuss appropriate approaches. Though I am very interactive and approach therapy with a coaching orientation at times, I am here to help you discover yourself and cannot tell you what to do - that being said, I will offer alternatives for approaching situations that you may not have considered.