Jessica Willemsen, MSW, LSCSW, LAC, LCSW, CTS

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Do you live in fear and isolation?
Are you haunted by painful experiences?
Are you trapped by drugs and alcohol?
Do you experience debilitating sadness or sleepless nights?
Jessica Willemsen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, can help provide relief and recovery from these and other life challenges.  
I have a Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW) with an emphasis in Mental Health from the University of Kansas. I am a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW) and a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) in the state of Kansas, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Missouri. I am a Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS) with The National Institute of Trauma and Loss ( I am also trained in Level 1 and Level 2 of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) treatment ( and have obtained over 100 hours of Play Therapy training ( 
I have been in clinical practice since 2003, and through this time have extensive experience in working with women and adolescent men and women, from various racial, economic, and cultural backgrounds, in the treatment of the following areas:
  • Childhood trauma
  • Intimate partner violence 
  • Chemical addictions
  • Generalized anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Major Depression
  • Dissociative Symptoms
During the course of my training, I have focused my attention on walking the recovery process with each client I see.  Trauma experienced during childhood or from adult experiences, creates obstacles and consequences in our daily life.  Some of the most significant obstacles can be a chemical addiction, such as alcohol, methamphetamine, or cocaine abuse, and Mood Disorders, such as Depression, Bipolar Disorders, and Anxiety Disorders.   Dissociative symptoms can present themselves especially when trauma begins early in childhood, and continues into adolescence and/or adulthood.  Dissociation can include feeling you are living life in a fog, loosing time, or having internal voices that assist with daily life.
In addition, I also work with clients facing the following challenges:
  • Stress -- work, school, family, finances
  • Low self-esteem -- poor self image, self persecutory thoughts and feelings, social isolation
  • Relationship boundaries -- codependency and counterdependency
  • Self harming behaviors -- cutting, burning, high risk behaviors, mania
  • Suicidality -- thoughts, plans, and attempts

I take pride in having a practice that is empowering; building on the already present inner strength, courage, and wisdom that each person has, but has been buried.  Recovery is possible, and we all have the capacity for healing and happiness.  Through the use of the following treatment techniques, you can be on your way to finally experiencing joy and hope in your life once again.  I'll be there with you every step of the way.  You're not alone in this journey.  I have the road map of recovery.  Every person's path looks different, but the following traditional and non-traditional techniques help us along the way:
  • EMDR
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Ego State Therapy
  • Family Systems Theory
  • Expressive/Art Therapy techniques
  • Mindfulness
  • Conscious breathing
  • Meditation
  • Nutrition and Fitness

Therapy provides a new beginning for your journey toward increased hope, happiness, and emotional health.  I am honored to join you on this quest for freedom from the constraints of emotional pain.  Take a soul-filling breath...and visualize the courage and strength you have had all along, but that only needs to be uncovered and rediscovered.  

 You can find sanctuary here. 

 To learn more about me, or to schedule a free consultation session, please visit my website: 

Jessica Willemsen Reaches

Overland Park KS