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Meet Our Therapist Jessica DeLeon

  Jessica DeLeon, LMFT

Jessica DeLeon, LMFT

Jessica DeLeon, LMFT is experienced and committed to helping couples achieve their goals. In sessions, Jessica is supportive, direct, and outspoken with a great sense of humor.  She knows that couples  come into counseling as a last opportunity to avoid separation or divorce. She takes her role very seriously and is driven to achieve ambitious results for the couples she works with.

Jessica has impressive training in the couples arena. She has completed Gottman Relational Therapy Training , based on over forty years of research, and is level III certified. She is also a certified trainer for Practical Application of Intimate Relationship skills (PAIRS). She is also well versed in CBT, mindfulness, trauma work, and motivational interviewing and pulls these modalities into couples work as indicated.

"My clients say they wish they had known these skills at the beginning of their relationship. "- Jessica DeLeon

Jessica specializes in working with all couples, especially disconnected couples. Maybe the disconnect is that the communication has become negative, or maybe the couple seems to be just occupying the same space, like roommates. Whether it’s a new baby or a mid-marriage bump, she helps couples when the romance is gone. When communication is reduced to:

“How was your day?...”

“Fine...”

*spends the next 5 hours on facebook avoiding conversation*

She helps couples go from “I can’t spend the rest of my life like this” to feeling hopeful about the future. She knows in couples counseling you ‘get out what you put in’ and her hope is to give disconnected couples a second chance.

Jessica is also passionate about working with LGBTQA+ couples. She believes relationships are complex and beautiful. LGBTQ couples are confronted with universal couples conflict (money, sex, chores,) as well as conflicts specific to LGBTQ+ couples (coming out, openness, starting a family, prejudice, etc). After the military repealed their don't ask don't tell policy she had the honor of treating the first LGBTQ+ couples case on the military base.

Jessica also specializing in working with one member of a couple when their partner chooses not to  participate. In 'couples therapy for one'. Jessica works with individuals to do something different even if the other partner won’t engage or “doesn’t believe in therapy”. She helps people get unstuck and focus on the things they can control.  She often helps her clients learn behaviors to help engage their partner, communication tactics to help make movement in the relationship, and self care. She helps them choose the next right step for them. 

Fun Fact: Jessica has lived in six different states and is a published photographer.

Specialities:

  • Couples counseling
  • Marriage counseling
  • LGBTQA+ couples counseling
  • Couples Therapy for One
  • Disconnected couples (new parents, mid-marriage, when the romance is gone, etc.)

Treatment Orientations:

  • The Gottman Method - level III
  • PAIRS (for couples therapy)
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Certified Trama Professional
  • Motivational Interviewing

UNDERGRADUATE, Jessica received her undergraduate degree a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Chaminade University.

GRADUATE, Jessica received her Masters of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family  from Chapman University.