Jessica Morrell, M.ED.
Ms. Morrell earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, along with a certificate in American Sign Language, from the University of Pittsburgh in 2020. She then went on to pursue her Master of Education in Counseling and Human Services from Lehigh University in 2022.
During her Bachelor’s degree program, Ms. Morrell had the opportunity to work with adolescents and young adults diagnosed with Autism and Multiple Disabilities in a school setting. This work helped develop a passion for understanding and working with neurodivergent people and navigating diagnoses of various disabilities in mental health.
Ms. Morrell identifies as bisexual and this informs her passion for providing affirmative care to those within the LGBTQIA+ community. This was what lead her to work with college-aged students during her Master’s degree, where she helped students process trauma, LGBTQIA+ experiences, emotional and adjustment concerns, relationships, anxiety and depression, and eating disorders.
When it comes to therapy, Ms. Morrell takes a strengths-based approach to helping clients, where she utilizes various therapeutic interventions. She uses Person-Centered techniques to help guide the sessions with the understanding that the client is the expert in their own experiences. She implements Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy techniques to help explain and understand the “why’s” of the client’s thoughts and behaviors, and she utilizes Dialectical-Behavior Therapy techniques to provide tools that help promote adaptive coping and regulation when strong emotions are experienced. Her practice is guided by a Feminist when it comes to incorporating nuance into the various perspectives that one can experience, such as understanding how oppression can impact mental health.
Overall, Ms. Morrell’s goal is to provide you with the space to be seen and heard in a nonjudgmental, empathetic, and empowering environment. She wants to ensure you have a space to discuss what you are going through and figure out techniques and strategies to improve your life. Therapy is a journey, so let’s take it together.