Educational & Professional Summary
Jessica Shorts, who goes by Jessie, is a Registered Marriage & Family Therapist (AMFT #111289) supervised by Beverly Collier (LMFT #50057). She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Intercultural Studies with an emphasis in Psychology and a minor in Bible from Biola University. Jessie’s journey to the human services field began while working abroad at children’s homes and woman’s shelters. For the last four years she has transitioned into serving youth and families who have experienced trauma in her community of San Luis Obispo through a variety of therapeutic roles including 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 inseperable 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 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 her family, friendships, her very tall/funny/handsome husband, and her faith.