RTM (Reconciliation of Traumatic Memories) Certified Therapist
A.R.T. Certified Therapist Qualified Supervisor for the State of Florida
Jessica has a passion for working with children, adolescents and families who have “lost their way.” With over 25 years of counseling experience, she specializes in helping people move towards restoration, healing and hope in all aspects of life. As she has grown and gained much more experience in her career, she has worked with more children and teenagers that have been caught in the middle of high conflict between their parents. She works closely with many attorneys, GALS (guardian ad Litem), and other therapists and social workers for her clients. It is her passion to see parents stop fighting and learn to love their children more than they dislike or even "hate" their "ex". It can be done, it is a process, sometimes a long process, but it can be done!
As a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, my areas of expertise include working with individuals, couples, and families. The population of people I enjoy working with include those struggling with anxiety, depression, self esteem, identity issues and individuals entering middle and late adulthood.
I have always been an extravert with a huge heart for people around me. The last 15 years of my life I have been in the restaurant industry, working many years as a Front of the House Manager. I have learned to relate with and enjoy all different types of people, from different walks of life.
I was born and raised in Orlando, FL and obtained my Bachelor’s in Psychology at Appalachian State University (ASU) in 2018. I grew up with two sisters and was active in sports, non-profit organizations in my community, and church. Through these activities, I learned from a young age the value of collaborative efforts, adaptability in different environments, and connecting with others.
I married a Navy submariner, and our family endured many deployments while raising young children. We have a blended family with three young children. Our oldest I raised as a single mom for a few years, our second we adopted, and our third is biological. I can especially relate to the difficulties that young women, single mothers, blended families and military families endure.
I am a highly relational person and have a passion for knowing others. As a child, I was actively involved in team sports, Sunday school, and miscellaneous social activities. From an early age, I learned that my brain is naturally inquisitive, and I am skilled at connecting with others, regardless of the environment.
Gilstrap & Associates offers a comprehensive scope of expertise and years of experience in counseling and psychotherapy in Orlando. We are committed to assisting you if we are able. If we are not, we will do our very best to point you in the right direction.