Specialty Practice Areas
National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) Accredited Provider
Eastern + Western Herbalism and Plant Psychology
Energetic Medicine/ Somatic Healing Provider
IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist
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, 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, and EMDR.
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. Jessica has been blessed to deepen her studies under the tutelage of Ayurvedic luminary, Dr. Vasant Lad with the Ayurvedic Institute. She is in the process of finishing her formal Ayurvedic Practitioner Certification through the Kerala Institute (India).
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 therapeutic yoga training and hands on practicum since completion of her 200 hour certification, 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. Herbal studies and appreciation for healing flora moved Jessica to begin her own organic handcrafted product line, Prima Plant Rx.
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 fifteen years.
Through out the past decade and beyond, Jessica has presented at national conferences, serves on clinical advisory boards, and is an educator at various universities of higher learning and professional organizations. She is a published writer and is available for media and press consultation. Jessica donates much of her time to supporting l causes in the domains of health and human rights, child and animal welfare, and protection of our natural resources.