I was born in Annapolis, MD with a love of the healing arts. I earned a B.A. in Social Work and Cultural Anthropology from Kenyon College and a M.A. in Systemic Counseling from Bastyr University near Seattle. My work experience includes eight years as an end-of-life social worker, five years as a therapist in a youth and family agency setting, one year as clinical therapist in an inpatient psychiatric hospital, and fifteen years in private practice.
I was a licensed mental health counselor for several years before becoming an Integrated Movement Therapist and yoga therapist, certified through the International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT). These somatic therapies bring the body into my mental health practice, combining all the benefits of talk therapy with a focus on how the body holds our anxieties and sorrows. Somatic therapies increase our body awareness, bring us breath practices to calm or stimulate the nervous system, and give us concrete self-care tools for distress tolerance. I have about two decades of experience working with those who are struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD/ADD, disordered eating, grief and loss, and major life transitions such as death, birth, illness, physical pain or injury, and relationship changes.
I am passionate about lifelong learning, and receive ongoing consultation from various practitioners, including Molly Lannon-Kenny and Stephanie Sisson, founders of The Samarya Center and well-known movers & shakers in the Yoga Therapy world.
What others have to say about me:
I am very grateful for this wonderful opportunity to work with Jessie and learn more about IMT. Even in such a short time, Jessie helped me understand and combat issues that had always had a negative effect in my life. I thoroughly enjoyed the combination of breathing, movement and relaxation/visualization exercises. Jessie is intelligent, very knowledgeable and has an excellent, effective way of communicating that makes her so easy to understand. She treated me with the utmost respect, and her kindness and caring ways absolutely radiate from her. I feel she really cared and had my best interests at heart.IMT client
.Jessie is an open-hearted, curious and steady presence. She is inquisitive, insightful and full of hope. She also has an immense capacity to hold space for others and to be a witness to a person’s process. She is a gift to the world of yoga, mental health, yoga therapy, the east coast, the west coast, and the world at large.Laura Humpf, LMFT and IMT-certified therapist
…I learned how to be with hard times and hard feelings without having to run or numb or pretend. There’s nothing I felt I couldn’t share, which helped me uncover some hidden pieces in myself, and in turn, to learn how to be there for others suffering in the same ways.Student in Yoga for Anxiety series