Jessica earned her Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from Loyola University Chicago and has over ten years of experience as a therapist, supervisor and consultant. She believes that the purpose of therapy is to help you to unravel the factors that contribute to your distress, identify barriers to change, and to provide you with the practical skills that will enhance your ability to cope with your situation while recognizing and fostering your personal strengths and resources. Jessica has spent the bulk of her career working with adolescents. In particular, Jessica specializes in the treatment of adolescents that have engaged in high-risk behaviors including, but not limited to, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, aggression, self-injury, substance abuse, and poor judgment. Additional areas of expertise for Jessica include mood and anxiety disorders, behavioral management, treatment of trauma and abuse and life coaching.