Jessica York
Jessica York
Personal Statement

I believe we are all created for authentic connection, and that being loved and known are core needs. It is my priority to see you, hear you, and fully value you so we can journey through your pain together towards healing, freedom, and purposeful living. I will help you understand yourself more deeply so you grow more confident to explore and take new risks in your life and relationships.

I specialize in helping women, teens, performing artists, third culture kids (TCKs), & Christians with identity, trauma, relationships, depression, shame, career, body image, church hurt, anxiety, and life purpose. I also work with people in Christian ministry. I treat the whole person – mind, body, soul, spirit – and welcome your pain here. I’m honored to immerse myself in your story & make your healing and growth my priority.

I grew up in the DC area, have moved many times, and now live in Chicago with my husband. Prior to counseling, I was a dance teacher and performing artist and was in ministry serving women locally and overseas. I love traveling, cooking, dancing, doing home projects, reading, and being outdoors.

Treatment Areas and Competencies




Faith & Spirituality

Third Culture Kids

Dating & Relationships

Church Hurt & Spiritual Abuse

Career Development

Performing Artists' Issues

Approach to Therapy

I approach therapy with a strong emphasis on how you care for yourself and show up in relationships. I want us to better understand how you see yourself and other people. I believe every dysfunctional thought, behavior, or belief begins to make perfect sense when we understand it in the context of your lived story. I want to help you organize your experience so it can become a tool for your growth.

I am trained in Emotion Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT). Whether you are struggling to feel, are overwhelmed by feelings, have difficulty in relationships, or experienced trauma (including sexual) – EFIT is a wonderful resource for us to utilize. We will identify key moments and people – positive and negative – that have been pivotal in your life in shaping who you are today. I will invite us to explore those together. None of us will revisit difficult memories alone – let’s do it slowly and do it together at a pace that is comfortable for you. I may also draw upon creative arts, mind-body connection, and your faith orientation to help resource and strengthen you as we work together. If you’re a Christian and/or in ministry, I can integrate Biblical principles if you prefer. I am full of hope that we will discover how you can have a richer, more peaceful, and more purposeful life.

Treatment Modalities and Theoretical Orientations

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

Polyvagal Informed

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT))

Person-Centered Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness & Somatic interventions

Spiritual Integration & SOZO

Eye-Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)

Education, Licenses and Certifications

  • MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Regent University 
  • BFA in Dance, Shenandoah University
  • Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) Level I
  • Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) Level 2
  • Certified IL Domestic Violence Advocate, Apna Ghar
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certificate

Contact Jessica


53 W. Jackson, suite 1615 Chicago 60604


(847) 984-0846