5 Ways to Survive the Summer with Kids
We are almost halfway through the summer, and I know many parents are struggling with keeping sane until school starts, me being one of...
You often wonder what you’ve done to get to this point. A point where happiness seems like a distant memory and anxiety seems like an unwelcomed guest that won’t leave.
Sadness seems to consume you, sometimes out of nowhere and in the most unforeseen places. It doesn’t matter if you have someone in your life or if you are single, you just feel sad…and alone.
You question, what you did to deserve this? What did you do to feel like the world around you is all happy and jolly, but you’re filled with sadness and anxiety?
You want answers, but they never come.
Family and friends tell you that “everything will be ok,” but they just don’t understand, which leaves you feeling unheard and ignored.
“Everything will be ok” doesn’t fix anything. Actually, it makes it worse, because then you feel like they honestly don’t care.
Imagine what it would feel like to be heard and understood. To feel like someone is listening to you and caring about your well-being. Better yet, someone to help you feel happy again.
Picture waking up feeling confident, where you no longer worry, stress, or feel overwhelmed. Imagine a life where you stop questioning yourself and your relationship.
What would that look like for you? What would that FEEL like? How would your life be different?
Depression & Anxiety Counseling:
If you struggle with depression and/or anxiety, you know how hard it is. Let's keep it real. It isn't something that we are excited to carry.
What sucks even more, is that those around you don't understand how extremely debilitating it is.
Their simple suggestion to "relax" only makes things worse. Which only intensifies how you feel.
But this isn't about them, this is about you.
I am sure you are tired of feeling overwhelmed, down, stuck, and exhausted. I am sure that you are ready to change. you are ready to live your life with less stress, less guilt, more peace and more freedom. You can have that, all of it. You just have to put yourself first. Something you probably haven't done in a while.
Therapy with me can help you get there.
Through my years of working with anxious and depressed clients, I know first hand that a customized approach is needed, and that is what you will get. A tailored plan that is going to work for you and your lifestyle. Free of judgement and stigma, so you can live the life you deserve.
Relationships aren't easy. Many succeed and a lot more fail. Right now, you are probably on the fence of whether this relationship is going to make it. It isn't the best place to be, but you are looking for help. Which is the first step towards change.
Change that you have been asking for, but with no action. Change that is going to show you whether this relationship is going to last. You have a lot on the line, so finding the right therapist is essential. So how do I work?
Simply put, I work with clients to get them back to basics. Back to the times that felt simple, happier, and more connected. By providing both my clients the space to talk about what they need, we can create the relationship that works for them.
Together we break down where the relationship needs more TLC (literally and figuratively), and I provide the tools needed to create the relationship they want. I also point out where they are rock stars, so they can keep up the good work. I do this by using research based techniques plus my super chill approach, helps couples to open up in ways they haven't before.
If you are ready to stop guessing about if this relationship is going to work, then don't hesitate to start couples counseling.
Counseling for Moms:
We often expect parenting to be a this great experience where we jump right into motherhood and have the best time. When that doesn't happen, we feel like crap. Aren't we supposed to automatically know what to do?
Let me first say that it is time to drop the b.s. Motherhood is hard, and that's okay. We need to change the narrative and expectation of what it means to be a mom. Especially when it comes to taking care of ourselves.
That is what where therapy with me comes in. Together we work to let go of the expectations,
learn how to better take care of yourself, advocate for your needs and gain confidence is your mom skills.
You deserve to be cared for, heard, and appreciated (by others and yourself) . I am ready to show you how great that feels.
Hi, my name is Jessica Jefferson and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I help individuals and couples to help them gain back that confidence (or what I like to call swag) they once had but lost.
Now, I know what you are thinking, “what does swag have to do with mental health?” It’s a valid question. One that I had as well, until I lost myself and then it made sense.
Take this quick journey with me on my “truth train”...
So on my path, I got lost. In college, where we all tend to get lost. I was missing home, unsure what I should do with my future… pretty much just questioning everything. All of that affected me and my confidence, but the passing of my step-father shook my world.
After that, I lost pretty much everything that made me … me. Happiness felt like a distant memory and I felt like no one understood what I was going through. I was too emotionally and mentally exhausted to try to explain.
Long story short, it took me a year to finally realize that I had lost my way and several months of working on myself to finally get back to who I wanted to be.
A person who was happy. A person who decided to take back control of my life rather than pushing it away (which never works by the way).
I went through that journey feeling lost and alone. Luckily for me I was able to use the tools that I have gathered from my therapeutic teachings and trainings. Tools that I now use with my clients to help them.
Being able to learn from those dark moments has brought me to a place that feels freeing. It also led me to an incredible place now both professionally and personally.
That is why my business is called, Cloud Nine Therapeutic Services, because I was able to use those dark moments and truly find my silver lining in life. I feel like nothing or no one can get in my way of happiness, because I created armor to protect me.
Even if something gets to me, it doesn't impact me as hard, because that armor took most of the damage. So I recover faster. My swag is like my inner superhero.
Plus you can have that too.
That is why I made it my mission be a guide for others, because we shouldn’t have to face that journey alone. We shouldn’t have to deal with the pain and hurt by ourselves because who wants to?
Of course not.
So let me join you on YOUR truth train so we can get you to the path of freedom, confidence and your own personal swag superhero!
Since I gave you some insight into who I am personally, let me tell you about my professional journey
I received my Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Miami. I have also earned a Masters in Psychology in Education from Teachers College-Columbia University, as well as a Masters in Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University.
I have taken Gottman Couples Therapy Level I and Level II training, which helps me understand the dynamics and fundamentals of couples work by utilizing research and techniques developed by the Gottman Institute.
I love utilizing this technique because it gets down to the nitty gritty of the issues couples face with steps that they can use outside of the therapy room. Plus it is effective!
I also have certification in perinatal mental health by Postpartum Support International, to strengthen my work with new parents who need guidance as they grow their family. In learning more about the everyday experiences that parents face, I can help them gain confidence and show them that they are GREAT parents! Having that additional support is super important not only for the parents but for their baby’s development. Which is why I LOVE working with new moms & dads!
Lastly, I work with clients who are experiencing a low period in their lives. They aren’t quite sure what is happening, they don’t feel like themselves. Utilizing some of my hypnotherapy training as well as solution focused methods, I am able to guide clients who are suffering from anxiety and depression by giving them the tools they need to feel more whole. We work together to find the source of this heavy feeling to decrease their depression and anxiety moments, while also finding good coping tools and mechanisms to find peace within themselves. Through this experience they feel more confident, secure and ready to take on anything.”
My house is a DC Comics house, so basically anything superhero related can be found in my home. I actually LOVE to debate with my husband about the psychology of many superheroes… which sounds weird as I think about it, but I find it fascinating. I especially love to dig deep into Batman’s history and ideology, plus those around him that add onto his story.
Another fun fact, but shhhhhh don’t tell anyone. As a mom of two, I COMPLETELY understand the struggle of work/life balance, especially when it comes to our morning routine. On a regular basis you will probably find me dropping off my son in Superman sweats (don’t judge lol). If I could, I would definitely wear them to the office on the regular, they are extremely comfortable.
Finding the right therapist for you is not an easy task. There are a lot of questions that you may have about the process and probably a lot of hesitations too. It’s understandable.
I tell everyone that I speak with, that my job is to make you the best person/partner you can be. So I don’t really like to call it “therapy” but a conversation of getting to where you want to be. Keep it real, you probably don’t like the word “therapy” either, and that’s ok.
Through our conversations we will work together to see what is keeping you down and how we can stop that from getting in your way. I keep it real with those that seek my help, because they’re tired of people just telling them what they think they want to hear. That doesn’t produce results, which is why they come to me.
Now, you probably think that makes me harsh. Being real doesn’t mean I lack compassion. I provide a judgement free zone, because we’re all tired of negative comments and unnecessary “shade” that’s thrown our way.
I’ll help you gain back that confidence that you are missing within yourself and your relationship so you can live your life with swag.
You know you’re ready to build back your confidence, so stop making excuses and start putting yourself first by giving me a call RIGHT NOW at 954.391.5305 for your free 15 minute phone consultation. For more information visit my website.
I look forward to speaking with you and helping your find your silver lining in life and in your relationship!