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Jessica York | Advanced Clinical Intern

Deep down, every person wants to feel fully known and loved for who they truly are.  If you struggle with being yourself, you might highlight aspects of yourself that bring acceptance, while hiding parts of yourself because of fear around rejection. Purpose, love, happiness, trust, God, and a sense of secure identity can be hard to find. Know that you’re not alone in the search and that that it’s okay to be unsure. Part of this search can be struggling to forgive or face past choices that led you to your current circumstances. If you’re not feeling secure, chances are you’re feeling some variation of anxious, depressed, confused, embarrassed, fearful, or lonely.  Stuck often makes the list for people as well and can be hard to overcome.

Are you in need of healing?  Wondering if more is meant for you? If that ‘s the case then here’s the thing: Something powerful happens when you can be fully transparent with yourself and another person in order to get clear on where you’re at and where you need to go. Authenticity is hard, but worth it. Part of what led me to becoming a therapist is that I believe when we work together towards self-discovery, breakthroughs can begin to unfold and healing happens.

Counseling is for all of us. Life can be complicated, messy, and just plain tough sometimes. In working together, it is our goal to create a space where you can be raw, authentic, and honest about where you are and what you need.  Don’t worry if you’re not sure what you need, we can explore it together. You are free to laugh, cry, ask questions, vent, write, draw, color, walk around, lay down, or sit in stillness. We will go at your pace and make your needs the priority. We will immerse our time together in your story, affirm your strengths, welcome your weaknesses, ask questions, and challenge you when appropriate. We will explore the role of forgiveness as a powerful tool in bringing freedom and healing. We will encourage you to pursue life lived in community, while patiently acknowledging life-giving relationships are not always easy to find. Whatever you’re facing, I want to navigate it with you to find clarity, hope, freedom, and new understanding.

I spent many years keeping parts of myself suppressed or hidden, and never felt free. Now, I can joyfully embrace who I am as a woman, follower of Christ, counselor, artist, and lover of travel. I look forward to helping you embrace and embody all aspects of who you were created to be too.  My background includes women’s ministry, missions, performing arts, and cross-cultural living. As a therapist, I operate from a family systems perspective – I believe that upbringing, cultural norms, and early attachments impact how we see ourselves and attach meaning to our lives. I know how important it is to integrate faith and a spiritual perspective. I’m able to incorporate a Christian worldview and spirituality for those who feel it is important. I use cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, expressive, and mind-body modalities – tailored to what best supports you. No one should have to face things alone. Together, let’s unlock more of the God-given identity and purpose planted inside of you.

I’d love to meet you where you are and pursue your goals together. Don’t let fear keep you from reaching out! Give me a call today.


Therapeutic
 Orientation & Technique: 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Person-Centered Therapy

Jessica’s Areas of Specialty & Background

Spirituality & Christian Integration

Communication & Conflict Resolution

Identity Development & Issues

Women’s Issues & Pregnancy Concerns

International & Cultural Concerns

Expressive Arts

Dating & Relationships

Academic Background

Student M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA

BFA in Dance Performance, Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA

1st Year Certificate, Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, Redding, CA

Testimonials

“Jessica has been my go-to person for support and help when I was pregnant with both of my baby girls.”

-AA

“I sought help when I was scared and alone with nowhere to turn. Jessica helped me through a tough situation and made me feel safe, secure, and like I could go to her for anything. I wouldn’t be where I am now without that.”

-BK

“Jessica gave me hope and joy in a time that was very trying for me after my boyfriend passed away. She always had kind words and helped me see my own strength when I didn’t know where else to turn. I will forever be grateful.”

-RM

“I sought help when I was unsure what to do, scared, and in need of help. She really believed in me and helped me find courage.”

-EP

Articles by Jessica 

Articles by Jessica coming soon! See other posts by Optimum Joy therapists.
Practical Support – A Resource List

Practical Support – A Resource List

In preparing for a talk I gave, I was tasked with pulling together some resources to help out many who are vulnerable and impacted by COVID-19. Many who never had to access resources before, are now needing to do so. Here at Optimum Joy, it’s important for us to...

The Power of Letting People In

The Power of Letting People In

I’m not sure about you, but more often than not, I get all worked up when I need to share something vulnerable with someone. With vulnerability, there is often a level of fear.  My default is to create a story of how everything will pan out before it all begins--I go...

All or Nothing

All or Nothing

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog on something called “Personalization”, which is just one type of cognitive distortion that we all fall into at some point. Personalization is the most common cognitive distortion that I tend to notice with clients in the therapy room,...