Jessica Buss, Ph.D., BCB Biofeedback Certified

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My goal is to help you discover your true self and lead a life worth celebrating. While difficult situations or experiences are an inevitable part of life, you and I can work together to resolve and overcome your challenges.  I am committed to creating a safe, welcoming, supportive place where you are treated with kindness, acceptance, and respect. You are given permission to be just as you are, while working toward the growth and happiness.  I believe every human being is deserving and capable of self-confidence, inner peace, self-love, and healthy living.
Therapy is a unique journey for each individual that incorporates each client’s personal values, strengths, cultural identity, and beliefs.  I utilize a wellness-based approach that incorporates empirically validated therapy techniques that best help clients meet their personal goals.  This may include mindfulness meditation, biofeedback, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or emotionally focused treatments.  I view my clients from a whole-person perspective, working with you in a collaborative, supportive relationship.

With a background in health psychology, I believe that overall wellness and high quality of life involves health and balance in all areas of living: mind, body, emotion, relationships, and spirituality/religion. I assist my clients in understanding their own personal definition of health and wellness, as well as areas of their life that need improvement, to achieve their highest potential and sense of well-being. Whether you are wanting to work through a challenging situation, to improve a relationship, or just move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to meet your goals and obtain balance, fulfillment, and overall satisfaction.
With couples, I practice Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), which is focused on the reconnection between partners.  This approach views attachment, or the loving bond between partners, to be the key element in relationships.  When couples argue over various issues, such as money, sex, chores, or important decisions, one or both partners often feels disconnected, unimportant, or insecure with their partner.  When we feel our important others are not there for us, we are biologically wired to feel distressed and become anxious and agitated or numb and distant.  If we do not reconnect and re-establish our sense of safety with our partner, we can get stuck in rigid, habitual patterns of reacting to our partner.  In therapy, we learn to recognize these negative interaction cycles and understand that we are actually protesting our disconnection and disguising our need for closeness and security with anger or critical words.  Couples learn to recognize their needs for comfort and support and then to express these needs in a softer way.  They also learn to look past their partner’s literal words and listen for their vulnerabilities and insecurities, and instead of responding defensively, respond in a kind, loving way. 

Research on EFT demonstrates that it is one of the most effective treatments for relationships.  It has a 70-75% recovery rate and has shown improvement in 90% of couples.  It is also effective when one of the partners has depression, PTSD, or chronic illness.  Whether the distressed relationship is a couple or parent and child, EFT can help uncover the hurt, sadness and fear creating the conflict and help you re-establish a safe and secure relationship.

Dr. Jessica Buss Reaches

Austin TX