Jessica understands beginning counseling can feel overwhelming. She has a disarming and warm nature which encourages safety and openness in the counseling room. She works creatively and collaboratively with clients, while offering insight and guidance to foster empowerment and positive change. She believes authenticity, trust, and some aptly timed humor are key components of an effective counseling experience. Jessica specializes in working in areas of complex trauma, identity development, and interpersonal relationships.
Training and Background
Jessica Van der Merwe holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Western Seminary in Portland, OR. She obtained a B.A. in Psychology from San Jose State University. She is trained in Level 1 Gottman Couples Therapy, and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Jessica has experience providing trauma-informed counseling for adults in a community health care setting, as well as experience in counseling adolescents, crisis counseling, secondary educational guidance counseling, youth leadership and mentoring. She has experience working cross-culturally, including English as a second language.
Mondays Tuesdays All appointments must be scheduled in advance
Private Pay Benefits
Electing to pay completely out of pocket allows you the most privacy and control of your treatment. Your records remain free from any audit or compliance check. You maintain the most flexibility and control in deciding the session frequency, longevity, content, and interventions. Insurances are not informed of any applicable mental health diagnosis.
Your reasons for seeking counseling probably include much personal information about your life, work, marriage, kids, and mental health issues. Private pay providers are better able to protect your health information with the greatest degree of privacy.
Trauma and PTSD
Identity development and self esteem
High risk behaviors
Food and emotions
Grief and Loss
Communication skills and boundary setting
Personality and mood disturbances
Jessica is an avid runner, traveler, and karaoke enthusiast. When not in the office, she can be found spending time with her family and friends, preferably being active in nature.