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Counselor / Therapist

Jessica Ridgway, LAC

Jessica Ridgway, LAC photo
Licensed Associate Counselor
Portrait Health Centers are multi-specialty clinics that employ the most cutting-edge and proven assessment protocols and treatment options available, believing that an Effective Treatment Depends On An Accurate Diagnosis. Individuals should not have to “play doctor” by researching available treatments and then self-selecting which of these treatments has been scientifically validated and would be most appropriate for themselves or their family. At Portrait Health Centers, we provide a comprehensive and multi-specialty assessment to determine the underlying causes of your symptoms and incorporate an appropriate treatment plan.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Educational Therapy  Online / Phone / Skype Therapy
 Addiction  EMDR Therapy  Pet Therapy
 Adolescents  Family Conflict  Play Therapy
 Adoption  Gay or Lesbian Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Anger Management  Gender Identity / Transgenderism  Premarital Counseling
 Anxiety and Panic  Gifted / Talented Issues  Problem Gambling
 Arts Therapy (Expressive)  Grief and Loss  Psychoanalysis
 Asperger's Syndrome  Group Therapy  Psychological Evaluation / Testing
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Herpes and STD Counseling  Psychopharmacology
 Bicultural Difficulties  Hypnotherapy  Relationships
 Body Image Issues  Learning Disabilities  Religious Counseling
 Caregiver Issues  Life and Wellness Coaching  Self Esteem Issues
 Children's Counseling  Life Transitions  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Chronic Illness  Loneliness  Sexual Dysfunction
 Couples Therapy  Marriage & Family Therapy  Stress Management
 Depression  Marriage Counseling  Trauma and PTSD
 Divorce  Men's Issues  Women's Issues
 Domestic Violence  Neuropsychological Evaluation / Testing  Work and Career Issues
 Eating Disorders  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Certifications
 Licensed Mental Health Counselor (State)
Bio
Specialties:Included but not limited to Anger/Stress Management, Anxiety Disorders, Academic Issues, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorders, Attachment, Behavior Issues, Body Image, Communication Issues, Coping Skills, Depression, Divorce, Eating Disorders, Family Conflict, Grief and Loss, Identity Development, Marriage/Couples/Family Counseling, Parenting, Parents of Premature Children, Self ­Esteem, Self-Harm, Social Skills, Peer Relationships, Behavioral Concerns, Life Coaching, Trauma and PTSD, Impulse Control, Suicide Ideation, Life Transitions, Play/Art Therapy, Dual Diagnosis, Mood Disorders, Racial Identity

Populations: children, teens, adults, and seniors

Education and Experience: I have been in the mental health field for over 10 years while earning a master’s degree in mental health counseling and am currently working toward a doctorate degree in Psychology. I am easily approachable, friendly, and respectful to all which creates a comfortable, trustworthy, and non-judgmental environment. I believe building a relationship with a client is most important prior to commencing formal therapy. My sense of humor and genuine care for others allows for such rapport. I am hands-on with solution-focused approaches which provide tools for accomplishing people’s goals. I utilize various therapies depending upon which is most appropriate for people’s needs since every person’s situation is unique. I am sensitive to understanding different fears and anxieties that can be present during the therapeutic process and work to alleviate these as soon as possible. I enjoy being a positive aspect in people’s lives to assist in facing challenges and guiding people on how to enjoy a better quality of life.

I love animals, making people laugh, and value my family and friends. I grew up with diverse ethnic backgrounds and consider myself to be culturally competent. I love to cook and eat, am considered a movie buff, and love spending time with others.
Payments Accepted
Cash, check, type of insurance, credit cards
License:37AC00309300