Jessica Volpentesta, LMHC

About Me

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My calling has been to help others heal and live a more peaceful fulfilling life.  I am also passionate about nature and helping others nurture their connection to nature while they heal and reconnect with themselves.  


I specialize in working with people who are affected by trauma, anxiety, anger, and depression.  I also enjoy helping families repair and strengthen their relationships, create healthier patterns of communication, and build trust and connection with one another.  Working from a systemic perspective, I treat each person holistically, taking into account their physical, emotional, spiritual, and environmental dispositions.  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 healing and growth is an honor and something I take very seriously.


I have nearly 20 years of experience working with youth, adults, and families in a variety of settings.  Early in my career, I worked with Boys and Girls Clubs as a Program Director for site-based programs and the teen center.  I then went on to work with Big Brothers Big Sisters and developed their programs on the island of Kauai, Hawaii.  When I completed my master's degree in 2012, I began providing counseling in schools and opened my private practice.  Working in the schools gave me an amazing opportunity to work closely with students and their families, and also helped me deeply understand unique 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 all of my clients find profoundly therapeutic.

   

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 and the Association for Nature and Forest Therapy. 


Approach to Therapy

My Approach

I work from a systemic and humanistic perspective and apply therapeutic techniques using an integrative approach.  Therapeutic modalities I frequently work from include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Experiential Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy Mindfulness and Ecotherapy.  


Being outdoors is a large part of the work I do and something I am very passionate about. While Ecotherapy is still considered an emerging field, as creatures of the Earth, our roots are in nature and being in nature is our natural place of being. 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 the wild whether it be at a park, near a river, or next to a tree. It is an honor to work with others in cultivating their own special relationship with nature. 


I also utilize art in my work with clients as art provides a unique medium that draws from a different place in our emotional world. Art exercises may include drawing/coloring, painting, writing, collage work, sculpting, while utilizing a variety of mediums and non-traditional tools. With art therapy you do not need to know anything about art or even feel like you are close to being an artist! It is a mindful creative expression that may provide some therapeutic benefit not otherwise achieved with traditional therapy. 


I believe in meeting clients where they are at, with themselves, what’s brought them to therapy, and in their life. Every person reaches their place of readiness on their own and I am sensitive to this process and believe change is really only achievable when a person is ready, willing, and open. I believe that each person’s process is unique and sacred. I honor each person’s path with patience, compassion, and gentleness while we walk together on this wild life journey.  

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