Treatment begins with a consultation- our first hello. This is a great way for you to get a sense of whether we feel like a fit and discuss what our work will consist of. Therapy sessions occur 1-2x per week and last 50 minutes. In this time together, we will think together about your internal world, your unique past, and your path ahead. I will work intently to help you feel seen and understood in times of transition, disruption, or struggle. We will make space for the sequestered parts of your identity and examine developmental and relationship patterns. I will work closely with you to develop your strengths and resiliency so that coping mechanisms that no longer serve you can fall away.
I work with a variety of concerns, and we will come to understand the unique origins of the symptoms you are experiencing. We may discover depression is a defense against hope, or addiction is a way of coping with frightening states of mind, or that anxiety is the expression of deep, unexpressed anger. Your history and internal dynamics are the keys to relief and change.
The most important element of psychotherapy is undeniably the therapeutic relationship. It is important to evaluate with whom you can do your best work. Whether you are looking for brief therapy focused on a specific area of concern, or you are dedicated to the depth and weight of long-term work, I can personalize treatment to meet your needs.
Anxiety and worry
Depression and melancholy
Fear of intimacy
Grief and loss
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Dr. Jessica McDonald
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Dr. McDonald's office door.
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