Meet Jessica

I earned my Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Southern California, where I also minored in fine arts.

After graduating from USC, I spent several years working in the arts and entertainment industries as a gallery director and a television commercial and music video producer. During this period, my gift in helping others to achieve their goals was developed, but I realized my work efforts lacked deeper meaning and purpose.

It was at this time I decided to become trained as a Domestic Violence Counselor through Sojourn Services for Battered Women and Their Children. Shortly thereafter, I became a support group facilitator for survivors of domestic violence. My experience as a facilitator helped me to appreciate the value in helping women of all socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds to overcome various traumatic experiences.

While at Sojourn, I realized my life’s work was to use the therapeutic process to help women find balance and meaning in their lives. Consequently, I made the decision to leave the arts and entertainment industry to go back to school and earn my graduate degree in Psychology. While in school, I continued my work with Sojourn, and I also began working with Refugee Safe Haven as a case manager for immigrant and refugee victims of domestic violence.

Towards the end of my graduate school experience, I expanded my concentration with women to include working with adolescents. I volunteered with Break the Cycle, a non-profit organization specializing in educating and empowering youth to help eradicate dating violence. Additionally, I worked as a school counselor with 8th grade boys onsite at CALS Middle School, assisting them with issues ranging from family relationships, drugs, and gangs to transitioning into adolescence.

All of my experience and training culminated in the Center for the Psychology of Women, when I realized the need for specialized services for women. The goal of the Center is to utilize clinical expertise for the empowerment of women, helping them to obtain the life they want to live.

 

Degrees, Certifications, and Memberships

Pepperdine University
Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology

State of California’s Board of Behavioral Sciences
Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist

State of Washington’s Department of Health
Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist

University of Southern California
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Minor in Fine Art (graduated summa cum laude)

Sojourn Services for Battered Women and Their Children
Certified as a Domestic Violence Counselor

Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Member of the Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Member of the Society for the Psychology of Women

Member of the Women’s University Club of Seattle

Member of the California Alliance Against Domestic Violence

Former Board Member of the Glendale YWCA