Jessica Houghton, MSW, LCSW
Jessica Houghton is a New Jersey Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 13 years of experience working with individuals, children and families. Jessica completed her undergraduate education at Barnard College, and she received her Master of Social Work from Rutgers University in 2009.
Jessica has advanced training in the following areas:
- Karen Kleiman’s Post-Graduate PPD Training for the assessment and treatment of postpartum depression and related disorders.
- EMDR Therapy through The EMDR Institute for treatment of trauma and traumatic or disturbing life events.
Advanced Trainer in The Nurtured Heart Approach® through Children’s Success Foundation.
Jessica’s clients describe her as practical, knowledgeable, insightful and fun. She takes a pragmatic solution focused approach to therapy, and she believes that the therapeutic relationship sets the stage for healing. Jessica is especially committed to connecting with and supporting women suffering from anxiety, depression, other mood disorders and PTSD. She also enjoys helping couples communicate more effectively and free themselves of damaging resentments and fears. Jessica draws from several therapeutic approaches such as mindfulness skills, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy and solution-focused therapy.
In addition to counseling services, Jessica also provides workshops in The Nurtured Heart Approach®, a relationship-focused strategy which utilizes The 3 Stands™ to help children build their Inner Wealth® and use their intensity in successful ways. The Nurtured Heart Approach® works for all children and any parent would benefit from learning this positive approach for interactions. It has been shown to be especially effective in parenting children that struggle with emotional or behavioral difficulties such as ADHD, anxiety, or defiant behaviors. This transformative approach can benefit parents, caregivers, and helping professionals who work with children, who are looking for a new way of interacting with the children in their lives. Learn More
Jessica lives with her spirited little girl in South Jersey. She is a busy single mom that cherishes the rare moment to paint some pottery and enjoy the company of her friends. A lover of travel, Jessica was an English teacher for the Peace Corps in another lifetime which sparked a special place in her heart for central and southeastern Europe. She also speaks fluently in the Slovak language.
“You can’t always have high self-esteem and your life will continue to be flawed and imperfect- but self-compassion will always be there, waiting for you, a safe haven.”