An Oklahoma native, Jessie graduated with an honors degree in Human Development and Family Science from Oklahoma State University. Upon graduation, she moved to Dallas to complete her masters degree in Counseling at the University of North Texas while working full-time in child welfare. While at North Texas, Jessie received specialized training in play therapy, family systems, and parent coaching. She is a licensed professional counselor supervisor and registered play therapist.
Professionally, Jessie brings over 15 years of experience working with adults, children, and families in a variety of settings. Her experiences include client advocacy at a domestic violence shelter; provided leadership as the program director for school-based programs for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Stillwater, Oklahoma; identified and directed interventions for children in state care for Dallas County CPS; provided therapy for children and non-offending parents at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center; managed foster and adoptive homes at a Dallas-area child placement agency, and provided in-home therapy for children and families involved in foster care and adoption. She has completed special training and supervision in play therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Jessie works with children, adolescents, and adults providing treatment for anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, adoption concerns, identity formation, relational concerns, child and adolescent behavior concerns, parenting, and mood regulation. She additionally enjoys providing services to the community through facilitating groups, and speaking opportunities.
In her spare time, Jessie can be found enjoying a good patio or traveling the world. She loves learning about new cultures, finding new adventures, and making memories with those she loves.