Part-Time Juniata College Counselor
Jessica is a licensed social worker. She is also an alumna of Juniata College, where Jessica graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW). She went on to receive her master’s degree in social work (MSW) at Temple University. While pursuing her MSW, Jessica provided counseling to Juniata students as an intern. Jessica holds a professional position at Penn State University as well, providing counseling and health education to students for whom alcohol and marijuana use have caused negative consequences. She does so through the harm-reduction programs BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) and MIP (Penn State’s marijuana intervention program).
Her clinical interests include working with students who have concerns such as anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol misuse/abuse/dependence, adjustment issues, and co-occurring disorders. Jessica uses a strengths-based and client-centered approach and uses such counseling techniques as motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy. Jessica keeps a strong focus on students’ overall wellness and enjoys assisting students in viewing all aspects of wellness as interrelated, realizing that when dealing with one issue, students often begin having difficulties in other areas of life. Jessica also values diversity and understands that each student has a unique background, value-system, and set of life goals. Therefore, she uses a client-driven approach to counseling, encouraging students to be active decision makers when it comes to identifying what is important to them and which strategies will work best in addressing their unique issues.
Jessica is also a mother of a beautiful and vibrant daughter and step-mother to two great boys. Jessica is an animal lover and mom to two cats, a turtle, and a fish. She enjoys jogging, reading, and spending time with her family. And she has recently taken up tap dancing.