"What we don’t need in the midst of all this struggle is shame for being human.”
My name is Jessica Palmen. I am from Maryland and moved to North Carolina in March of 2020. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Maryland College Park in 2011 and my Master’s in Social Work from Salisbury University in 2014.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the last eight years of my career have primarily been in school-based and community mental health settings, working mostly with adolescents and young adults. I work with adolescents and adults who are dealing with problems related to depression, anxiety, Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs), relationships, school, grief, trauma, self-esteem, stress, and life transitions.
My approach in therapy is person-centered, strength-based, and compassion-focused, offering a space for clients to get to know their most authentic self. I combine elements of attachment and trauma theory, cognitive-behavioral therapy, expressive arts, and somatic therapy.
Early in my career, I noticed a personal connection between my yoga practice and well-being. I decided to pursue my yoga teacher training and became a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance in 2017. Since then, I have been finding ways to incorporate body-based and mindfulness interventions into session in order to help clients improve integration of the mind and body, learn effective ways to self-regulate, and connect with their internal experience. It is my goal to help clients connect with their somatic experience in order to help them heal, since this piece is often missing in traditional therapy.
In my free time I enjoy traveling, hiking, yoga, drawing, and spending time with my dog, friends, and family.
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