I am one of the Registered Psychotherapists here at HeadWay Clinic. Since I was 14-years old, I knew I was meant to work in the mental health field. I wanted to be given the chance to help others in a way that fostered confidence, empowerment and a sense of control over their own lives. I wanted to be there for people who felt alone in their struggles and believed there was no one who cared to hear them. I wanted to help people who felt lost and who felt their lives were out of control.
In order to get the knowledge needed, I completed my Honors Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and then branched out to receive additional training in Mental Health & Addictions. I did this so I could meet, talk to and help the person underneath the visible behaviors that are so easily judged by others. I then went one step further and completed my Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology so I could tie everything together and have a thorough understanding of mental health to better help me help my clients.
I enjoy working one-one with youth and adults alike, and genuinely applaud anyone who walks into our office because taking that first step is not easy. We are often faced with the many ‘what-if’s’ that zoom around in our mind and trigger our anxiety; the ‘why bother’s’ that that creep in and fuel our depression; and even the ‘should’s/should not’s’ that make us feel guilty or not worth it. I hear these common phrases a lot when meeting people and often times, they don’t realize how frequently this language is used in their day-to-day. I get it though, motivation can be hard to come by and feeling like there is just not enough time in the day can be stressful. We naturally tend to put ourselves last on the list of things to take care of, whether this is because we feel it is being selfish, or we just don’t think ourselves as being equally important. I am here to help change the narrative and to help my clients get their lives back!
Outside of the office, Jessica enjoys spending time playing the piano or running with her dog, Winston. She is also involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, as well as the United Way, and serves as a board member on their GenNext team. She is excited about all that Sudbury has to offer and can likely find her on the boardwalk, admiring the Big Nickle or visiting many of the delicious local restaurants.