Jessica Wilkerson, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #104464
Hello! Thank you for coming to learn more about my business and me.
I am constantly finding a new niche and specialty so I can continue to grow as a therapist. In the early days of my career I specialized in early childhood behaviors and parenting. I was trained through the University of Queensland (remotely, in Redding, I didn't travel to Australia) in the modality called Triple P or The Positive Parenting Program. I worked only with families for three years and was able to help initiate some really amazing changes for children and parents.
Then, in 2014 I was trained through EMDRIA for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprossessing (EMDR). I've been providing several sessions a day, most days of the week ever since. I knew this was effective, but I had no idea how incredibly powerful EMDR would be for my clients! It's so effective on big traumas, but it's equally as beautiful on current daily stressors like marriage conflict, work drama, and issues with your kids. EMDR is a game-changer for most people who try it (not everyone, but a good percentage).
More recently, in 2019 I began my journey learning and implementing EFT & EFIT. Emotionally Focused Therapy is often known by people who have read the book "Hold Me Tight" by Sue Johnson. It's an attachment based model in which each member of the relationship heals wounds from before and during their time together through trust, communication, and taking big risks with vulnerability. There's a lot of crying in these sessions, but most people feel safer to cry in the therapist's office than they do at home, so it's to be expected.
Within and between all those different trainings and types of therapy I've grown skills that fit well with teenagers and young adults. I've taken classes and gone to workshops on such a variety of topics that I bring a well rounded perspective along with my warm demeanor. I genuinely embody the phrase: "human first, therapist second." You get me as me, but you also get all the years I've thrown myself passionately into the field of psychotherapy. Casual dress and speech, but with my mind always going in the background.
The easist way to set an appointment with me is online - I'm hard to reach for that first appointment because I take so much time with my existing clients. It's a flaw I have that's not great for business, but bare with me, when you are my client you truly have my full focus and first priority. Barring online scheduling, shoot me an email, send me a text, or call me (in that order!)
(530) 994-5114 call/text