about jenessa

Supervised by Anne Robershaw, MA, LMFT #89621

Hello! So, this section is where a warm but dry description of my credentials would normally go (and indeed, they are listed down at the bottom of the page), but what I’m really here to talk about is who I am as a person, as a therapist, and what our relationship might look like if we decide to work together. 


People have described me as a force of nature. I can be intense, strong, passionate, funny, inspired, tender, intuitive, and visionary. I have an effusive creative spirit. I grew up in a family that’s half woo-woo and half hyper-academic. That puts me in the unusual category of being enthusiastic about energy work, shamanism, synchronicity, and archetypal astrology, AND in possession of very solid clinical skills, extensive academic knowledge and sharp insight. Call it “Refined Woo,” perhaps. I deeply love the complexity of human experience, and how it is revealed in dance, nature, art, design, travel and stories.  


I want to work with you if you are on the precipice of change. Or in the throes of shedding the skin of your former self. Or eyeball-deep in crisis. I want to work with you if, somewhere in there, you suspect that these times are the ones that hone our edges, define who we are and are not, and allow us to emerge from the ashes more empowered, brighter, stronger, and more fully in ownership of our truth. 

I’m not just going to nod and listen. Therapy is a deeply collaborative process, and we’re in this together: I will roll up my sleeves and get right in there with you. We might cry, drop a few

f-bombs, and will most certainly laugh. I love working with clients who are motivated, creative, committed, sensitive and smart. And when I say creative, I don’t just mean artists - I’m talking about entrepreneurs, innovators, and visionary businesspeople.

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Do you feel like a misunderstood weirdo, even though you might look normal? I’ve got your back. Feel cramped by societal expectations and want to find the courage and freedom to just be yourself? Step into my (virtual) office. I love working with clients who want to connect with the deep and mystical aspects of life, and at the same time master the practicalities of adulting. I’m happy to commiserate about Mercury retrograde, but I also really want to help you get your sh*t together. If you have a vision for your future, I’ll support you as you grow into that. If you don’t have a vision, I’ll help you craft one. 


My clients have been known to dance, sit in meditative silence, bawl their eyes out, draw pictures, leave toxic relationships, find meaningful ones, calm their agitated nervous systems, and get released from the grip of crappy past traumas. Any of that sound appealing? We might be a fit.


  • PhD student - Integrative Healing Practices & Depth Psychology - Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA

  • California Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist #113445

  • Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA

  • Bachelors of Art - San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

  • Dream Tending Certificate

specialized training
  • EMDR Therapy Training I & II

  • NeurOptimal® Trainer

  • Somatic Experiencing I