Jessica Ronalds


M. Ed., LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor.)

I work with children, adolescents and adults who want to improve their quality of life. Some of my patients are struggling with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, learning disorders, and family conflicts. I use cognitive and psychodynamic approaches within a client centered, strengths-based orientation. I believe that most individuals and families have knowledge and insights they are afraid to trust. My role is to provide a warm, supportive environment and guidance so my clients can develop their strengths, learn to communicate effectively, and feel good about themselves and their relationships.

I have been trained in expressive therapies (which are very helpful with children) and in a systems approach to family therapy (Boston Family Institute). I am also a hypnotherapist (Ericksonian) and use hypnosis especially for patients who want to learn how to control stress and reduce anxiety. I worked for twelve years in specialized public school programs (Newton South High School and Colebrook High School in Acton) as a clinician and administrator. These programs are designed for children with emotional and behavioral difficulties. I am knowledgeable about special education challenges and work closely with school personnel and other providers in implementing treatment plans.

My experience with diverse populations helps me understand people’s struggles in their cultural context, and thus allows me to help them find appropriate and comfortable avenues for resolving conflicts.

I enjoy helping clients improve their communication in the relationships that are important to them. Good communication goes a long way to developing satisfying intimate connections with those you care about! I have extensive training and background in communication styles and learning disabilities.

I accept Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance and other plans with out-of-network coverage. For those without this coverage I offer a sliding scale.

Education:

B.A. Antioch College
M.Ed. Lesley University