Jessica is an existential, phenomenologically oriented therapist currently completing a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Existential Psychotherapy. She began her psychological training in 2019, and began working with Ease Wellbeing in early 2022. She has since supported a wide range of clients through both short term and long term work, a process she finds incredibly rewarding and enriching. Jessica offers a warm, compassionate and safe environment for her clients.
Jessica comes from an artistic background, working as an actor for ten years before retraining in psychology. This background gives her a strong relational capacity, and speaks to her enthusiasm for connection with others. Before training as a psychologist she also worked as a theatre producer, founding her own theatre company which made work around mental health concerns. Alongside the company’s inaugural production she ran a series of after show talks about mental health, with an impressive array of speakers including Stephen Fry, Hugo Rifkind, and Frank Turner. The obvious and important impact of this work and these discussions helped her to realise her desire to embark on a new career, and before long she completed a Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Regents University, before embarking on a Masters in Psychology, gaining a distinction. Now two years into her doctoral training at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, Jess has also completed a short course in Drama Therapy, and has ten years’ experience as a tutor and mentor working with teenagers and young people alongside her acting. Prior to training as an actor she gained a First Class degree (B.A. Hons.) in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, and retains a strong interest in myth and history.
Jess is also a recording artist and works as a singer-songwriter, often touring the country for shows and connecting with music lovers around the world. Her musical and lyrical work is reflective and confessional, and in many ways embodies her therapeutic stance of integrity and congruence. She grew up in Northamptonshire, before moving to Oxford and Bristol, then spending a decade living in London. She has lived on the Essex coast since late 2020, and enjoys the calming and humbling power of living near the sea.