Jessica E. Washington, LCPC
Imposter Syndrome Counselor
Anxiety Counseling Specialist
Teen and Young Adult Counselor
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor
Hi, I'm Jessica. I help people find
I used to think that “success” was based on results. I focused on hard metrics to see if I was doing well. I always dreamed of owning a luxury brand purse and thought that if I could buy one, I’ve made it. But those purses are thousands of dollars and when I saw other people have one I felt inferior. Why are they ahead and I’m not? When I didn’t live up to these measures of success, I felt like a failure and started thinking that I was an imposter.
These days it feels like there are so many challenges to face. Between your career, maintaining relationships, and finding time for yourself, it can feel like your efforts are never enough. It’s easy to feel like an imposter. “I don’t know what I’m doing” may run through your head daily.
Imposter syndrome is a complex cognitive process that makes you feel like you’re failing even when you’re excelling. You’re just flying under the radar and everyone will find out that you’re a fraud. It often happens when it feels like we have to be perfect to survive. Everyone could be telling you that you’re doing a great job, and yet your mind isn’t convinced because you’re not safe yet. If you feel like you’re trapped by imposter syndrome, it may be time to start counseling.
Overtime, I learned how to succeed in my own way. Exploring my purpose in my career and seeing how far I’ve already succeeded in life helped me feel like I belonged where I was and that I was not an imposter. I eventually saved up enough money to buy that purse. However, I realized that helping people as a counselor made me feel happier than any purse would.
You can feel like you belong. My process starts by exploring your thinking processes and setting realistic goals for achievement. Together we will navigate a path to success.
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.