Education

Masters of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy, December 2012
Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Sociology (minor), May 2008
Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA

Specialties

Anxiety, Depression and other Mood Disorders, Personality disorders, Relational and Attachment issues, Childhood Behavioral Issues, Inner conflict, Trauma, Parenting
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor

Meet Jessica

Jessica has years of experience working in a variety of settings supporting individuals, families, and children. She has experience working with anxiety, anger management, depression, relational and attachment issues, child and adolescent behavioral issues, and trauma. Jessica is currently working on her Phd in Marriage and Family therapy with a focus in neuroscience.

She uses her education and training in marital and family therapy, play therapy, sandtray, and EMDR to support your goals towards wellness and mental health. Jessica takes an individual approach to fit your unique strengths, goals, and circumstances with a person-centered eclectic approach.

Jessica loves to get creative through music and art and enjoys spending time on the water. If she’s trying to manage her own stress, you will find Jessica in the kitchen baking goodies which her fellow co-workers greatly appreciate.

mental health tips from Jessica

Warm Up to Cool Down while making a schedule for your kids
Parenting
Jessica Pladsen, MA, LMFT, RPT

Warm Up to Keep Cool

Many times, parents get worn down when trying to implement something new or stay with something that isn’t a good fit simply because it is “easier.” Everyone and every situation is unique, to say the least. Don’t despair.

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Summer Survival
Parenting
Jessica Pladsen, MA, LMFT, RPT

Summer Survival Guide For Parents

For parents the wonderful aspiration of a memorable summer break often turns into the harsh reality of coordinating multiple events and schedules on top of all of our other responsibilities. It can feel like a whirlwind in which we are simply trying to keep up or too exhausted to actually enjoy.

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Parents Living in a COVID-19 World
COVID-19
Jessica Pladsen, MA, LMFT, RPT

Parents Living in a COVID-19 World

Caregiving is one of the most challenging roles even under regular circumstances. You do not need to be everything to everyone, and there will be times you feel overwhelmed. Try to take a step back and focus on the big picture. You are doing your best and your best may be different day to day, or even minute by minute.

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