“Not until we are lost do we begin to find ourselves.” -Henry David Thoreau
Jessica Fowler, LCSW
People often come to therapy because they are feeling lost. When someone is lost, we can say things to ourselves such as “something is not right, this isn’t what I wanted or expected out of life?” “Why is life so hard?” “Why can others do it but I can’t.”
These thoughts can lead to feelings of depression, anxiety, or lack of self-worth. It can become overwhelming. I love the quote above because I believe it is true. I have seen it for myself. When we have periods in our life where things do not make sense, it is often then and only then will we begin to explore our true needs, heal and make a change.
If you find yourself feeling stuck, wanting more, or can’t figure out what went wrong, and are willing to take the time to explore it, some real healing can take place. Often time these are just old patterns that have served a purpose for a long time. Just now they don’t work anymore or maybe even stopped working a long time ago. Which is totally okay.
Therapy is about understanding ourselves.
We begin to work on understanding through curiosity, self-acceptance, and self-compassion.
This is how we heal and move forward.
“It is possible for anyone to get a little lost, but we all have the power to make changes in our lives and the ability to get back on track.” – Rachel Naomi Remen
There are several things that you will hear me say when we work together.
However, the most important is that we need to feel seen, heard, and valued.
When we are seen, heard, and valued we can do so much. I look forward to helping you get there.
As A Therapist, I Embrace the Following Philosophies
I believe in you.
Moving toward change is hard. With support, I believe this can be done.
Kindness is important.
Often times in relationships or even in our own heads, we can say unkind things to each other or ourselves. I can help you understand how to change that inner dialogue.
Having gratitude is essential, however, sometimes it can be really difficult. I get that.
I believe that when we heal some of those old wounds, we can start to move forward and see more positivity and can change.
I believe in the mind/body connection.
So much of our feelings and past experience can live in our bodies. We will work together to heal.
The stuff you need to know:
- I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
- I received my Masters of Social Work from the University of New Hampshire in 2008.
- I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia.
- I have a commitment to educating future social workers by providing supervision and working with students.
I also have a commitment to educating and supporting our community. I have been interviewed on local television stations, been interviewed by the Democrat and Chronicle, was on Connections with Evan Dawson, and volunteered on the board of directors at a local not-for-profit for several years.
I have three passion when it comes to therapy:
I love helping people understand themselves. This often presents itself as depression, anxiety, stress, or adjustment. I have a specialization in chemical dependency. Although I work with anyone who has been impacted by addiction, one area, in particular, is working with adult children who grew up around addiction.
Lastly, I have a specialization in working with perinatal mental health. I opened my practice because I saw a true need to work with moms, dads, and primary caregivers around pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. This has also extended to parenting. You will often find me talking about this topic, volunteering my time, or trying to create change in our community to support families better.
It is also worth noting that I am a lifelong learner. I love reading and enrolling in trainings. Some advanced training I have taken is around maternal mental health including training from Postpartum Support International and the Postpartum Stress Center.
In addition, I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. I don’t follow one modality of therapy and if you work with me, you will notice that I often will use a variety.
Finding what works for you is essential.
Fun random facts about me:
- I love nature and find being outside essential for my own mental health.
- I like to run but have started and stopped so many times. Even though my body has to learn how to do it from the beginning, I keep going back.
- I love to read and love to talk about books.
I look forward to meeting with you.
Please call me for a free phone consultation at 585-208-8140.