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Jessica Canales, LGPC

teens military therapist va md

Children, Teens, Adults & Couples

As we encounter a variety of experiences through our lifespans sometimes it can feel like society idolizes pushing through these tough times independently. I believe that we are all born with an innate need for connection, so when we must face these struggles without support it can be lonely and challenging. I believe that therapy is built on connection where you collaborate to reach a place of true healing and growth. 

I provide culturally competent psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and military connected individuals. I have extensive training in working from an attachment perspective with a strong therapeutic and culturally responsive environment at the forefront. I work from a holistic framework integrating expressive arts therapy, play therapy, and sand tray therapy into treatment. I am also EMDR trained and specialize in working with trauma. 

I have a specialization and experience in working with military connected individuals. I also have extensive experience in working with children, adolescents, and parents on a range of personal issues including trauma, depression, anxiety, parent/ child relationship difficulties, emotional regulation as well as most other issues they may face. I have experience working with individuals, families, and groups. Events that can seem overwhelming when we are alone can heal in the safety of a relationship and also be a source of learning.

Personal Journey and Clinical Treatment Modalities:

I completed a year long internship where I received onsite training in attachment therapy, expressive arts therapy, play therapy, and sand tray therapy. During this internship, I primarily worked with children, adolescents, and their families. Through this experience and training I found a true passion for working with all populations through the lifespan. I have experience working with children and adolescents with a variety of mental health disorders and behavior difficulties using creative interventions that are developmentally appropriate. Additionally, I have experience working with parents who are struggling with parenthood or who are struggling with how to cope with their child’s mental health diagnosis. 

My professional experiences in a clinical research role in my undergrad and my military veteran specialization in my graduate program provides me a unique clinical perspective on treatment and prevention efforts in working with military connected individuals. My work and training focused on treating traumatic disorders within the military community. Furthermore, I am military spouse and a mother. I have been a member of the military community for the last 13 years, and I have had the opportunity to view the complex world of military life first hand. My personal experiences immersed in the military culture along with my professional experience in working with military personnel have refined my ability to connect and understand the complexities of military life.

About Me and My Clinical Counseling Education:

I am a Resident in Counseling in the State of VA and MD. I hold a Master of Education, Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA. I also completed an specialization in Military and Veterans. I finished my Bachelor of Science, Psychology at Texas A & M University in 2018.

I am also a long-life learner by nature. So, I continue to study and train in the latest modalities and neuroscience to better inform my work. In my practice, I draw on all my lived experiences and counseling education. So, it is helping clients move toward a more meaningful, conscious, and aligned life. 

Jessica works under the supervision of Isabel Kirk, LPC and Andreea Solfavi, LPC

Languages: English