Jessica Serra, Co-Founder + Director
MS, LCSW, AHC, C-IAYT
Specialty Practice Areas
Licensed Holistic Psychotherapist (adolescents, adults, couples) + Holistic Health Coach
National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) Accredited Ayurvedic Health Counselor
Experienced Yoga Teacher, Certified Yoga Therapist, + Certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist
Community Medicine Woman + Botanical/ Herbal Enthusiast
Evidence Based Western and Eastern Psychology
Trained Reiki/ Somatic Energy Healer
My philosophy as a teacher, healer, and therapeutic professional is to assist others in tapping into their own innate wisdom and healing potential to reside in a sustainable place of harmony, peace and well being.
Jessica is post-masters-level licensed psychotherapist, clinical social worker, seasoned educator, wellness innovator, integrative practitioner, and natural born healer. In addition to serving as the founding director of Prima Wellness, Jessica holds clinical faculty position within Yale University’s School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry with in depth experience and statewide leadership in the mental health arena that has been evolving and flourishing since 2001.
The initial catalyst for Jessica dialing into her innate spiritual wisdom was inspired through travels to Asia, Australia, and Central America. These pathways of learning and cultural immersion served to deepen her connection to holistic wellness and the sacred sciences of both humanity and the earth. She approaches her clients from a heart centered philosophy of non-judgement and is passionate about supporting what she entitles “whole self health.”
Jessica is an advocate for supporting holistic treatment modalities in developing increased visibility as evidence based practices in the realms of psychiatry, health, and human services. She continues to witness the profound impact these modalities have had with alleviating symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, and addiction when combined with traditional “talk therapy.” Bridging western psychology with eastern practices is a beautiful duality to be embraced in clinical practice. Jessica is also trained in traditional paradigms of care including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT +TF-CBT), Dialectical-Behavior Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, TARGET, and numerous additional manualized evidence based models.
Jessica’s studies and long standing love for Ayurvedic Medicine, began over a decade ago. Since then, she has had the privilege of earning both her Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist and Ayurvedic Health Counselor certifications from the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy, accredited by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. She has learned from some of the greatest luminaries in the field including Kathryn Templeton, Dr. Rosy Mann, Dr. Claudia Welch, Dr. Vasant Lad, and Dr. Robert Svoboda and is continuing to pursue advanced Ayurvedic studies. This knowledge base has enriched Jessica’s aptitude and understanding of the importance of “nutritional neuroscience” and “psychobiotics; ” two concepts that will be gaining increased attention in years to come.
Jessica has also maintained a personal yoga practice through out her young adulthood that has impacted her life tremendously and is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, teaching formally since 2011. She has since completed 800 hours of post-graduate therapeutic yoga studies and hands on practicum earning the distinguished credential as a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist. She has particular interest in the subtle energy anatomy, complex trauma, nervous system regulation, and women’s health.
An important area of of specialty focus for Jessica is plant medicine in relationship to both Ayurveda and western herbalism and indigenous/native traditions. She has attended various educational seminars through out the past decade and has earned certification under the tutelage of Botanical Guru, Lupo Passero, with whom she has continued her studies. Appreciation for healing flora moved Jessica to begin her own organic handcrafted product line, Prima Plant Rx. Jessica can guide and support you in working with herbal support strategies under her scope of practice such as: teas/herbal infusions, tinctures, decoctions, steams, essential oils, flower essences.
Jessica is passionate about supporting women (from tween/teen age through out older adulthood) and has customized specialty workshops and groups that are offered on an ongoing basis including Sacred Science for Women bi-monthly community gatherings and Teenvana/integrative wellness groups for area youth emerging as young women. Jessica has been a speaker on self-care rituals and practices for individuals, groups, and organizations for the past ten years.
Through out the past decade and beyond, Jessica has presented at national conferences, serves on clinical advisory boards, and is a re-occurring instructor at various universities and professional organizations. She is a published writer and is available for media and press consultation. Jessica is an educator for both 200 and 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training programs and donates much of her time to supporting both local and global causes in the domains of health and human rights, child and animal welfare, and protection of our natural resources. She is a Litchfield County local and enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and sweet pooches!