Introduction to Staff – Jessica Kingsley
Hi! I’m Jessica Kingsley, LICSW, LIMHP (she, her, hers). I graduated from the University of Omaha in 2010 with a Master’s in Social Work and earned a Bachelor’s in Social Work and Political Science from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2003. I have been practicing in the field of Social Work for 18 years, and in the clinical setting for twelve years in a variety of states. Currently, my clinical practice happens in Denver, Colorado and various places in Nebraska.
As a therapist, I believe in relationship. Relationship and connection are what heals. The therapeutic bond serves this purpose. If you are seeking therapy, shop around for your therapist! Finding a therapist whom you like and can trust is the most important part of therapy because you will be vulnerable with this person. You have to be able to trust this person with moving you into the pain and through it so you can heal. My style is a little different-I commonly use a strengths-based style coupled with humor.
I began my clinical practice as a Child and Family Therapist at a Residential Treatment Facility in Albuquerque where the opportunity to train with Dr. Bruce Perry through a statewide trauma-informed pilot initiative presented itself. While providing services at the subacute level, I served as the main therapist on the Children’s Unit. While there, I cut my teeth and further developed skills in assessment and intake with the role of diagnosing and referring children and families to an appropriate level of care.
After my son was born, I went to work as a Multisystemic Therapist (MST) for the Child and Family Therapy Center of Santa Fe and worked as a part of the Juvenile Court system to counsel troubled youth and their families. I hustled it in Albuquerque’s south valley providing these intensive in-home services and helping kids get their lives back on track. During my time in New Mexico, there was work in several different school settings as a school-based therapist and briefly as a school social worker. In addition, I served as the Director of Clinical Services for an agency that specialized in treating children and families touched by Autism. After we relocated to Denver, I served as the Mental Health and Disabilities Coordinator for a Head Start school in Denver. For the past four years, I have worked as a school-based mental health therapist at Denver Health’s School Based Health Clinics.
It is exciting to join the talented team of clinicians at Wholeness Healing Center! I will be offering TeleHealth services.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
- Janie Pfeifer Watson, LICSW, is the founder and director of Wholeness Healing Center, a mental health practice in Grand Island, Nebraska with remote sites in Broken Bow and Kearney. Her expertise encompasses a broad range of areas, including depression, anxiety, attachment and bonding, coaching, couples work, mindfulness, trauma, and grief. She views therapy as an opportunity to learn more about yourself as you step more into being your authentic self. From her perspective this is part of the spiritual journey; on this journey, she serves as a mirror for her clients as they get to know themselves—and, ultimately, to love themselves.
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