Jessica Lechlak, LMFT/Clinical Director
Jessica Lechlak’s Therapist Disclosure Statement <<< (Clickable)
Ever since I was a child, I’ve always known I wanted to help others. I truly believe that people have the ability to make positive changes in their life, and I enjoy being able to be a part of that process. My job as your therapist is to help you gain insight and make positive changes in your life. I approach therapy in a non-judgmental way, with open communication, insight and humor. I believe that one of the most important parts of therapy is the therapeutic relationship, so I do my best to create a safe, welcoming space for you. I feel that therapy should be both helpful and enjoyable.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Washington. I received my Masters degree in Marriage, Couples and Family therapy from Lewis and Clark Graduate School, in 2012. I also have a Bachelors of Science from The University of Toledo.
When I’m not seeing clients I enjoy spending time in nature, playing games with my family, listening to music, being crafty, and exploring new places. I am engaged with two soon-to-be step-boys.
Specialties and areas of focus
- Nature based therapy
- Teenagers (13+)
- The Gottman Method for Healthy Relationships (Gottman Therapy)
- Parenting issues
- Foster families
- Couples Anxiety issues
- Low self-esteem
- Life Transitions
- LGBTQ issues
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 tend to do a combo of both. I think it’s important to know what was the catalyst that brought the client in. However I find that most of the issues we have an immediate concern about are couched in deeper issues.
2.) Do you tend to lead the session, or follow my lead?
I like to let the client determine which is more comfortable for them. I will often let them lead, and interject questions. In some cases, I find it important to lead the conversation, especially in family or couples sessions.
3.) What are your strengths as a therapist?
I am compassionate, empathetic and understanding. I feel that I’m down to earth, and welcoming. I’ve been told that I’m able to make other’s feel comfortable and understood. I believe that it is important to have a good therapeutic relationship. I utilize humor in therapy, I believe that therapy should be both productive and enjoyable.
4.) If you had one superpower, what would it be and why?
The ability to transport myself to anywhere. I love to travel, and visit with family and friends. I would love the ability to just make myself appear where ever I wanted, whenever I wanted.
5.) What makes you laugh?
People being silly. I love watching video’s of funny things, or events. Recently I’ve been watching a lot of “carpool Karaoke” with James Cordon. I love when people are just being themselves doing silly things, and truly enjoying life. It makes me laugh and feel joyful with them!
6.) Who would you have dinner with, dead or alive?
I would love to have dinner with Anne Frank. When I was a child I read her diary 10+ times. I think she led such an interesting life, and was mature beyond her years. I would love to be able to sit down with her and talk about her experiences, and how she was able to deal with so much fear and stress in such a graceful and mature way.