Jessica is a registered psychologist and holds a Masters Degree of Applied Psychology from Macquarie University and an undergraduate Honours Degree from UNSW. She is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Jessica has over 25 years of experience working across a variety of therapeutic settings, including: an adolescent team in community mental health, The Cancer Council of NSW and as a senior psychologist within the Student Counselling Service at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Jessica has also previously held teaching positions at UNSW and TAFE NSW and enjoyed working as a Workplace Trainer for a range of major health organisations, including CANTEEN and Sydney IVF (GENEA).
Jessica has extensive experience providing clinical assessment and treatment for depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, trauma, self-harming, grief and bereavement, interpersonal difficulties, and relationship challenges. She has a special interest in working with individuals adjusting to new life circumstances (such as becoming a new parent, and relationships beginning, ending or changing), stressful life events and navigating interpersonal difficulties that may occur within ones intimate relationship, family of creation, family of origin, friendships or the workplace.
Jessica is a warm and compassionate therapist. She particularly enjoys building a safe and collaborative relationship with her clients that supports people to navigate life challenges and live a life they feel is meaningful and significant to them. Jessica is comfortable working within both short and longer-term therapy frameworks and draws on her extensive training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Schema Therapy and Mindfulness. Jessica is also interested building a shared understanding of a person’s attachment history and relational style and the adaptive coping strategies that have been developed in the context of a person’s early family system and broader social network across the lifespan.
Jessica is in awe of and inspired by people’s bravery in taking steps to make changes in their life and their relationship. Dr. David Schnarch’s details the challenge of “how to hold onto yourself, whist embracing the other” in his work and Jessica embraces this as a lifelong challenge.