Jessica Buchholz, PsyD
Hi, I’m Jessica and I’m a Licensed Psychologist.
Emotions are difficult. There’s no quick fix.
It seems like we try and try, but we just aren’t where we want to be.
We know we need self-exploration and growth so that we can overcome the stuff life has thrown at us. But, therapy is hard and scary. Change is hard and scary. That’s why it’s taken a while to get here and decide to give therapy a try.
Let’s dig deep and do this together. I would be honored to be a part of your journey.
Making the decision to start therapy takes a level of courage and commitment that can be difficult to find if we’re not feeling ready or haven’t found a therapist who’s a good fit. But it’s not impossible, especially when you aren’t doing it alone. I would love to work with you and help you start to make changes in your life.
It’s okay to ask for help. It’s okay to accept help. Let me help you.
I am passionate about working with older adolescents and adults whose lives have been impacted by trauma or abuse, challenging life transitions or stressors, and relationship difficulties. When we go through these struggles, we often experience anxiety, depression, lack of confidence or low self-esteem, and social struggles (e.g., social anxiety or problems with intimacy or distrust).
I also enjoy helping teenagers preparing for or adjusting to college. College can be a difficult transition. It brings with it a newfound independence, which can be overwhelming or intimidating for young adults. By helping them explore their identity and become more confident in themselves, I’ll help you or the young person in your life navigate this challenging time in order to experience all the excitement and rewards that college can bring.
When we experience trauma and abuse, it’s paramount to regain our sense of safety and stability. I help adults work through their trauma/abuse history by re-establishing a centered calm that gets lost in the chaos of trauma, working to increase their overall confidence and self-esteem, decrease the intensity of their emotions, and increase their ability to trust others and lean on others for support.
If you struggle with perfectionism and self-criticism, I’m the kind of therapist who can help you learn to love and accept yourself, flaws and all, and be okay with asking for help when you need it!
How does therapy work exactly? What’s my approach?
I believe that therapy should provide a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment that works to meet individual needs and goals depending on where you are along your journey. Each client’s story is unique; therefore, I strive to meet you where you’re at, adjusting the therapeutic process to be what you need, while encouraging growth and change to overcome challenges. My therapeutic approach is unstructured and integrative; I value the importance of a strong therapeutic relationship built on trust, empathy, authenticity, and connection. I want you to feel heard, without judgment.
My work is particularly shaped by trauma and attachment theories, along with interpersonal and psychodynamic theories, with a little bit of CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) thrown in there as well. I prefer the integrative approach because it allows me to be flexible and shape the therapy process to fit your needs. Therefore, I tend to “trust the process” and follow your lead.
While it is my job to help you increase your level of insight into your current emotional challenges, relationship difficulties, or unhealthy patterns or ways of coping, it is you who will learn to be open to exploring these discoveries, working to make changes, and trying new behaviors, while also learning to love and accept yourself as you are so that you can become your best self.