Jessica Harrison, LCSW
As a therapist, Jessica treats a wide range of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder; and her practice specialties broadly encompass reproductive health. This involves perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs), but it also includes (in)fertility, the impacts of PMS/PMDD, men and paternal wellness, adoption, third party reproduction, and transitions to parenthood. She offers care at times of grief and loss, particularly related to fertility, family-making, and the perinatal period. She has a special interest in cultural considerations in mental health care; and her work further involves body image, the mind-body relationship, and disordered eating. Jessica works with individuals, couples, and whole family systems.
Jessica has advanced training through the Center for Community Engagement Eating Disorders Continuing Education, Postpartum Support International, the Marce Society, the American Adoption Congress, the Adoption Initiative, All Adoption Consulting and Training, the Harvard Program for Global Mental Health, and the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. These specialized training opportunities inform and support her work in the perinatal period, with individuals and families impacted by adoption and third party reproduction, in eating disorder and body image work, and in her commitment to culturally relevant care. Also, Jessica is a birth and postpartum doula, and this training and experience has allowed her to provide additional hands-on care in the therapeutic context. Preparing for birth and postpartum, offering support with post-birth recovery, and supporting bonding and skill development in the care of a new baby (or multiple babies) are important parts of her clinical approach.
Originally from Wisconsin, Jessica has lived and worked on a small island in Alaska, in Portland, Oregon, in New York City, and now in Boulder, Colorado. Her passion for this work began in 2004 when she was a graduate student intern at a birthing center and neonatal intensive care unit within a large hospital. In addition to working in multiple hospital settings, she has practiced in community mental health, with the women's health team at a primary care clinic serving newly-arrived refugees, in a small day-hospitalization program for women and infants, and in private practice. Throughout this work in various settings, Jessica has been an active interdisciplinary team member practicing alongside a diverse array of care providers. She continues to value interdisciplinary collaboration as an important aspect of quality care for her clientele.
In addition to her clinical work, Jessica is a PhD candidate in the sociology department and Institute of Behavioral Science at CU-Boulder. When she's not in the office, you can find her hiking, skiing, and running trails, backpacking through the West, or enjoying a bike ride around town. She is a keeper of chickens, a swimmer of lakes, a warm lap for an old cat, and a companion to a rescue dog.
To learn more about Jessica, her therapeutic approach, and her multidisciplinary work, please visit her website.
Postpartum Support International
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
The Society for the Study of Social Problems
American Sociological Association
International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
Boulder Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy
Reproductive health & fertility; perinatal mood & anxiety disorders; adoption & third party reproduction; grief & loss; body image & disordered eating; individuals & couples