HOPE Therapist Spotlight: Jessica R.
Get to know our HOPE Therapists! Today we are featuring Jessica R., HOPE Marriage and Family Therapist Associate.
Q.What type of therapy do you specialize in?
A. I have some training in DBT, Gottman Level 1 for couples, some training in EFT for couples.
Q. What inspired you to become a therapist? A. I was working at a group home as a residential counselor when I realized I would rather be doing the deeper work of therapy with the group home residents. I decided I needed to go back to school for my Masters in Counseling. At the same time, as far back as I can remember, I have always sought out one-on-one, authentic conversations with anyone and everyone about the struggles we all have.
Q. What is the most rewarding part of being a therapist? A. Walking alongside someone as they look at their lives and watch them grow empowered to make the internal changes they want and need to be content and fulfilled in relationships and in life, especially with themselves.
Q. What is a common quote or piece of advice you like to give to clients? A. I borrowed it from someone else, but definitely "stay curious". Never stop learning about yourself, others or your world.
Q. What do you know now that you didn't know when you started your career as a therapist? A. That I would still be able to be grateful for and enjoy aspects of my life while walking alongside people as they struggle. In fact, I now see that if we can't enjoy and embrace life with its struggles, it is hard to find a reason to adapt and overcome!
Q. What is the biggest myth or misconception about therapy? A. That it is all about blaming your parents and ridding yourself of responsibility to change yourself.
Q. What are your favorite mental health books and/or resources you like to recommend to clients? A. When The Body Says No by Gabor Mate The Wisdom of the Enneagram by Don Richard Riso A General Theory of Love by Fari Amini, Richard Lannon, Thomas Lewis, and Thomas B. Lewis Link to read Jessica’s full professional bio here: