Jessica Volpentesta, LMHC

About Me

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I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed School Counselor, and seasoned Ecotherapist.  I completed my Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Chapman University in Orange, CA in 2012.  I then completed my School Counseling Program at City University of Seattle's Albright School of Education in 2013.  I graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Hawaii in 2009.  I have completed additional training in Expressive Art Therapy, Mindfulness, and Self-Compassion.  I am also the co-founder of Mindful in the Wild, which focuses on nurturing people's connection with Nature using Mindfulness techniques.  I am an active member of Family Systems Therapy Northwest, the Association for Nature and Forest Therapy and the American School Counseling Association. 


I have nearly 20 years of experience working with youth, adults, and families in a variety of settings.  Early in my career, I spent several years working with underprivileged youth and families in the non-profit sector.  When I completed my master's degree in 2012, I began providing counseling in schools and opened my private practice.  Working in schools gave me an amazing opportunity to work closely with students and their families particularly with regard to issues related to school.  Working in private practice has given me the ability to work on a deeper level with individuals and families, as well as take therapy outdoors, something I am passionate about, and all of my clients find profoundly therapeutic.

 

Specialization & Approach to Therapy

I specialize in working with teens and adults who are affected by trauma, anxiety, depression., life transition, self-esteem issues, and relationship issues.  While I work with teens a great deal, I also work with parents to provide support and guidance as they navigate the unique challenges of parenting.  Additionally, I enjoy working with families and helping them repair and strengthen their relationships, create healthier patterns of communication, and build trust and connection with one another.  I strive to be compassionate, open-minded and sensitive to individuals and families coming from all walks of life.    


Working from an integrative approach to therapy, I employ techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Experiential Therapy, and Expressive Arts Therapy.  Working closely with individuals and families on their path toward growth and fulfillment is an honor and something I take very seriously. 


Being outdoors is a large part of the work I do and something I am very passionate about. Ecotherapy is an evidence-based practice and is being researched more now than ever. I have always felt a sense of peace, aliveness, and being “home” when in nature whether it be at a park, near a river, or next to a tree. Outdoor sessions take place at local parks, trails, and other natural areas and consist of some talk therapy as well as nature-inspired mindfulness exercises. 

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