Jessica Dowling

Jessica Dowling holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies from Saint Louis University, and is in the final phase of her Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Missouri–St. Louis (UMSL), ranked second in the nation of all counselor education programs.  She is a Counselor-in-Training/Intern (supervisor), and therefore her fee per session is greatly reduced even from our normal sliding scale — please ask us about it!!

Jessica works with those struggling with eating disorders, body image concerns, depression, and anxiety, as well as young adults looking for help with career and life transitions and/or help individuating from parents.  Jess also has particular experience with LGBTQ+ concerns, including transgender and gender non-conforming persons who may be considering gender reassignment.  She believes that past relationships (including and especially with family of origin) are key to understanding why we feel the ways we feel and do the things we do.  This can be an especially important process when our ways of interacting with the world stop working as well as they used to, leading us to feel stuck and distressed.  In a non-judgmental, skilled, and insightful way, Jess helps people sort through through past relationships to discover new and old ideas about themselves, leading ultimately and in time to a more expansive field of growth and opportunity for a rich and rewarding life.

From Jessica:

“Counseling is a series of beautiful moments when two people find strength through solidarity in suffering. It isn’t an easy process at all; in fact, I find that the most difficult counseling sessions are the ones that create the most change in life. Clarity, compassion, and connection in therapy create a sense of ‘greater than’ for all parties, and allow us to find our mutual humanity. Therapy isn’t about taking your pain away, but about having someone walk through your storm with you.”

A Favorite Quote from Melody Beattie:

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

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