Jessica E. Washington, MS, LPC
Anxiety Counseling Specialist
Teen and Young Adult Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor
Hi, I'm Jessica. I help people find
confidence and calm.
Everyone feels anxious at times. But when normal anxiety becomes overwhelming, it can lead to overthinking. If you’re a highly intelligent person who overthinks everything, you might feel like you’re constantly getting in your own way. You might be caught in a cycle of chronic stress.
Overthinking is a complex cognitive process that can leave you feeling bad a lot of the time. As you worry about the future and its possibilities, you may also find yourself feeling regret about the past. Difficulties keep piling up, making your anxiety worse.
You can break the cycle of chronic stress. I specialize in helping people replace overthinking with confidence and calm. Whether you are struggling with Imposter Syndrome, low self-esteem, or several difficult situations all at once, I am here to help you find an effective path forward.
I am here to help you discover enjoyment and peace by accessing a deeper understanding of yourself. In our work together, we will start by uncovering your deepest desires and how best to fulfill them. Together, we will navigate a path through the difficulties you are facing.
On Being a Counselor
As a counselor, I am inspired by the strengths we all have within us to succeed. If you are facing adversity and want to make positive changes, I am here to help. It’s ok if you aren’t sure how to get started. My role as a counselor is a lot like a guide. I am here to support you by helping you identify a positive path forward.
You can expect an engaged conversation in your work with me. I balance careful listening with individual feedback. While I will always create space for you to share your thoughts and feelings, I will also invite you to consider alternative perspectives when that is helpful. You can expect an interactive and supportive conversation each time we meet.
I am passionate about working with people who are committed to the process of creating a fulfilling life. Progress is a process. Sometimes our work will involve allowing the negative emotions to flow. And we will always celebrate the wins. Between sessions, I may assign you tasks or activities to help your progress. You can also expect to receive a variety of strategies to help you face challenging situations.
I decided to become a counselor to help people access resources to live their best lives - especially strategies to navigate emotional distress. Before I was a counselor, I worked for a community organization that helped connect families to financial resources for childcare. Even though my job was to screen families for eligibility, people were often surprised by how comfortable they felt opening up to me about the difficulties they faced. While people appreciated the support I offered, I realized I wanted to help people on a deeper level.
From that moment on, I dedicated myself to pursuing extensive training to help people of all ages with diverse concerns. Beyond my clinical internship and two residencies, I draw from years of experience working with adolescents, adults, and families experiencing a wide range of issues and varying difficulties. Today, I offer counseling to people who are battling mood disorders, managing anxiety disorders, and healing from traumatic experiences. This includes helping people experiencing grief and loss, relationship conflicts, and low self-esteem.
Whether you are dealing with conflicts with others, or conflict within yourself, I am here to help you find a path forward. Throughout my work in community-based settings and private practice, I’ve helped countless individual clients like you face challenges with effective action. You can expect a safe and welcoming environment that allows you to be yourself at all times. I am here to provide insight, support, compassion, and hope along your journey.
You can feel confident and fulfilled. Let's discover how I can help. Reach out to schedule your first appointment. When you call our scheduling line, our Intake Coordinator can answer any questions you might have. To schedule your first appointment, call 312-715-8234, or email [email protected]. I'm here for you.
More About Jessica
Key Philosophical Beliefs
- All people are capable of change living life to the fullest
- Progress is a process
- You deserve a counselor who is genuine and engaged in creating a tailored plan for you
- The key to change is your desire to gain insight into problem areas and to follow through on your plan
- By understanding your deepest desires, you can begin to take steps to fulfill them
- Master's of Science in Mental Health Counseling (MS), Walden University
- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Forensic Counseling
- Crisis Intervention
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
- Relational Therapy
- Family Systems Therapy
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MBCT)
- Strengths-Based Therapy
Specializations and Experience
- Youth and young adult counseling
- Imposter Phenomenon (Imposter Syndrome)
- Anxiety management and recovery
- Mood disorder management
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder counseling
- Self-esteem issues
- Workshop facilitation
- Grief and loss counseling
Jessica as a Person
I was born and raised in Chicago and have lived here my entire life. I like to travel and spend time with friends and family. I enjoy watching movies (and watching my favorite television shows), trying out new restaurants, and - of course - shopping! I love exploring and taking walks - through nature, along the lakefront, or just walking downtown.