Meet Jessie, AMFT
“There are over 400 therapeutic orientations which can guide treatment. Taking this into account, as your therapist I will take an integrative approach to best meet your needs, which are unique to each person, and I will work with you to form the strong therapeutic alliance that is necessary for the healing process. Together, we will approach therapy with the understanding that humans are not just physical beings, but also mental, emotional, and spiritual.”
Educational and Professional Summary
Jessica Shorts, who goes by Jessie, is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #111289 supervised by Beverly Collier LMFT #50057. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies with an emphasis in Psychology and a Minor in Bible from Biola University. Additionally, she has a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Cal Baptist University. Jessie’s journey to the human services field began while working abroad at children’s homes and women’s shelters. For the last four years, she has transitioned into serving children, youth, and families who have experienced trauma in her community of San Luis Obispo through a variety of therapeutic roles including in-home behavioral support, case manager, social worker, and therapist.
The primary framework of Jessie’s lens in the psychotherapy process draws from a family system, indicating that individuals are inseparable from their network of relationships. She also utilizes trauma-focused, multicultural, cognitive behavioral, gestalt, and existential therapeutic techniques. Although pain can derive from relationships, restorative healing can also occur through relationships. She strives to incorporate this through the therapeutic process with children, youth, families, and individuals.
Jessie is a connoisseur of play. Moving to the Central Coast just 5 years ago has provided an endless playground to explore. She enjoys swimming, biking, hiking, surfing, painting, reading, making music, drinking tea, playing board games, making bath products, and much more. Jessie values her relationships with family, friendships, her very tall/funny/handsome husband, and her Faith.