Jessica Brown, LMFTA

Jessica Brown

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I believe we come to therapy when the status quo of our existence  is no longer tolerable. It takes strength to reach out to a professional, for the purpose of enacting change. At the core, therapy is the relationship forged between the client and therapist, whether that client is a child, the family system, or an adult looking for a difference in their lives. If you (or your children and family) find yourself at a crossroads in your life — I offer a kind, direct approach to change, pain, loss and grief. Change is inevitable and leads to a sense of loss. Loss leads to grief and I assist children, teens, parents and families with the big and little changes that disrupt our lives. 

 I seek to create an open and non-judgmental space where my clients can feel safe discussing all aspects of their lives, as I recognize the bravery and courage undertaking a therapeutic relationship entails. Through this co-created relationship, whether it be through play with a 5 year old or talk therapy with an adult, I facilitate  effectively identifying the core issues keeping people feeling stuck in their lives, be it unhappiness in their relationships, chronic depression, anger, anxiety, or trauma.  I enjoy helping my clients to work through difficult feelings and issues in an effort to lead to lasting change. I am a fierce advocate for my clients and their capacity for self-healing and am direct and sincere in engagement with clients. I seek to be a resource to my clients and offer my services as a tool to augment their lives to greater autonomy and self-worth. I welcome clients who identify as LGBTQIA in any fashion and non-traditional family dynamics. 

My therapeutic approach is influenced by trauma-informed care, previous experience at a grief and loss counseling center and trainings and study in Child Centered Play Therapy, TF-CBT (Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and systemic theory, specifically Symbolic Experiential Psychotherapy and Existential Psychotherapy. I received my Master of Arts in Counseling from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate and I am currently pursuing advanced training in Play Therapy and Child Centered Play Therapy.

In my free time, I enjoy time with my family and exploring the beautiful PNW.  I love to camp and be outdoors, making things (especially knitting, art, and play therapy supplies), reading and exploring new places. I call Washington home but part of me is still deep in the heart of Texas.

Specialties and areas of focus

  • Depression
  • School Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Anxiety
  • Grief/Loss
  • Trauma
  • Children (5-12)
  • Co-parenting
  • Family Therapy
  • LGBTQIA+ Families and Children
  • Self-esteem
  • Sexual Abuse

Q&A with Jessica

1.) Some therapists are more comfortable addressing the immediate problem, while others want to focus on the deeper issue. Which are you?

I feel that the immediate problem is a catalyst for the work necessary to address the deeper issue. I believe that in order to create lasting change, the deeper issue will need to be addressed; I will work with you on presenting concerns so that we can look and work on the deeper issues, when that is appropriate for you.

2.) Do you tend to lead the session, or follow my lead?

I believe in meeting you where you are and as such, tailor my approach to what you need to feel safe and engaged in the therapeutic process. With young children, I practice non-directive play therapy, where the child takes the lead in therapy, through play, “the language of children”. With older children, teens and adults, I may guide you through the process of therapy, as you become more comfortable with taking the lead, though you are the expert on yourself, so even in a more direct approach, I will follow your lead.

3.) What are your strengths as a therapist?

My strengths, and what I offer as a therapist, are an empathetic, transparent, authentic approach to the process of relationship, self-exploration and change. I focus on family dynamics and a holistic, systemic view to concerns and issues. I am compassionate, matter-of-fact, strength-based, with occasional humor.

4.) If you had one superpower, what would it be and why?

I would have the ability to teleport, so that I could have the ability to travel with relative ease.

5.) What makes you laugh?

Puns, dry wit and the enduring (and often hilarious) wisdom and insights of children.

6.) Who would you have dinner with, dead or alive?

I would love to have dinner with Dr. Seuss or Mr. Rogers, to further explore their perception of the culture of childhood and how to strengthen our communities to better serve our children.