Jessica Hedgepeth / LAC
We all have pain in our lives. We all need connection. Coming to counseling takes courage. As a counselor, my goal is to help you find peace in your life. In a safe and supportive environment, we work together to help you heal.
I have worked extensively to support teenagers and their parents since 2007 when I began working as a Clinical Case Manager in residential treatment. The world can be a harsh place when you're trying to grow up. My goal is to make it easier by guiding teens to embrace their worth, understand their emotions, communicate their feelings, and get their needs met in healthy ways.
I have completed internships with LDS Family Services, LifeSTAR of St. George, and Counseling Services of Southern Utah. Areas of clinical focus included adoption, family counseling, depression, anxiety, self-harm, domestic violence, and addiction. I completed my Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from University of Phoenix in 2012. I completed an externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy in 2012. I am a Licensed Associate Counselor in the State of Arizona #LAC-17196.
I specialize in helping adults and teens struggling with depression, anxiety, attention deficit, divorce, anger, perfectionism, eating issues, suicidal thoughts, self-harm or relationship stress. I am eclectic in the treatment modalities I use which include mindfulness, self compassion, emotionally focused therapy, inner child work, shame resilience, and whole-hearted living.
I have a special place in my heart for Maternal Mental Health. I am a mother of two children and experienced first-hand overwhelming emotions and scary thoughts during pregnancy and postpartum. I am certified in Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders from Postpartum Support International. We mothers need a nurturing place to gain support. For the quality of your life and those that depend on you, putting your needs first and investing in your health is a wise decision.
In 2018, I completed a training in Mindful Self-Compassion from the Center of Mindful SelfCompassion founded by Kristin Neff, PhD and Christopher Germer, PhD. Mindfulness is the turning with loving awareness toward difficult experience (thoughts, emotions, and sensations). Self-compassion involves the capacity to comfort and soothe ourselves, and to motivate ourselves with encouragement, when we suffer, fail, or feel inadequate.
Research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, increased coping, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as nutrition and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships. It is an inner strength that enables us to be more fully human—to acknowledge our shortcomings, learn from them, and make necessary changes with an attitude of kindness and self-respect.
Please feel free to call me at (480) 668-8301 for a free phone consultation.
Area of Speciality:
- Maternal Mental Health
- Self-Compassion & Mindfulness