Hello there! My name is Jessica Stebbins and I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. I help individuals who have experienced traumatic and/or difficult events take back their life by not only teaching them how to manage their symptoms of anxiety and depression, but to alleviate them altogether. My clients learn to calm their nervous system, brain, and body with research based techniques. I use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) to help clients process and neutralize adverse experiences and increase confidence and feelings of self-worth. I have over 12 years of experience working with both teenagers and adults.
I also work with couples to help them identify problematic cycles of behaviors that cause fighting and/or distance in their relationship and help them to repair and rebuild more loving cycles as well as to reconnect with one another.
I help clients learn acceptance, compassion and love for themselves, manage stress, fears, pain, increase motivation and reach their goals.
I believe you already have the tools and knowledge necessary to improve your life and relationships, but just need assistance in utilizing them. I am able to help you through this process collaboratively by looking at how you may be able to change your thoughts and behaviors for increased success. I work by looking at what is or has worked for you in the past and building upon those strengths and solutions for future success as well as helping to find new solutions. I do this while providing support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges.
Training and Experience
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Stetson University. I began my work in the field working in agency settings with teenage girls. My first position was with a contract with the Department of Juvenile Justice in a residential treatment facility as a counselor. I then worked with another contract with the Department of Juvenile Justice with an outpatient treatment center as well as the Civil Citations Program. I have been working in the field since 2008 and have been in private practice since 2011.
Among my areas of expertise are adolescent counseling, trauma and PTSD, anxiety, relationship and couples counseling, stress management, life management and balance.
I have a passion for increasing my knowledge within the field and continually pursue continuing education to deepen my knowledge and learn new techniques to further serve my clients.
Jessica has been published in a peer reviewed journal (The Family Journal) on the topic of sexuality counseling with women who have a history of prostitution.
Merritt Island Counselor. Also serving Rockledge, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Viera, Titusville, Suntree and the rest of Brevard County.