Jessica "Jessie" Rae White-Ledet, LMSW
Supervised by Ashleigh M. Gore, LCSW
I look forward to my clients discovering more about themselves and allowing others to discover them, too. I absolutely love being a social worker and it is an integral part of not only what I do, but my soul as a human—it is how I find greater purpose and connectedness. I started my career working within the child welfare system and specialized in helping build stronger and more resilient families. I have worked in local foster care and adoption, international adoption, family preservation, and children placed in temporary living environments. In graduate school at The University of Texas at Austin I specialized in attachment-based interventions and neurobioloically focused interventions. Since graduation, I have been working with young and older adults that have experienced or are currently experiencing sexual violence, loss and grief, interpersonal violence, big life transitions, depression and anxiety, other co-occurring mental health needs, parenting struggles (including co-parenting and parent-child relationships), and strained familial or peer relationships.
I believe strongly in attuning to the body and listening to the internal guide that the body holds. I have a flexible in approach and use collaboration as the basis for all therapy. I use somatic work, attachment-based work, art techniques, mindfulness, coping skills, and distress tolerance skills to help clients heal from trauma by tending holistically to their nervous systems. I also enjoy working with parents, and I am accredited in evidence-based parenting interventions through the Nurturing Parenting Program and Triple P (Positive Parenting Program).
I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and can use this to address many kinds of trauma. I am also trained in using EMDR to treat chronic pain conditions. This does not imply that chronic pain is psychological, this pain IS REAL. However, most medical interventions are targeting pain symptoms and not the body’s response to the pain. EMDR can help the body to manage the pain and turn off some of the pain receptors in the brain, resulting in less pain!
I work from a relational-cultural lens—meaning I like to view how systems and relationships with those systems impact our lives. I am very comfortable and experienced working with people that experience systemic oppressions including people of color, women, people with gender fluidity, sexuality fluidity, any spirituality, and people with physical or medical limitations in life. I am a social justice warrior and always love for my clients to enrich my life by sharing their lives with me.
As a proud Austinite, I love my city, especially life south of the river! Don’t be surprised if I come to session with some paint on my hands—when not working, I’m usually renovating my house, working in the yard, rebuilding my Airstream, or hiking around with my two pups.
If you are interested in working with me, please call me at 512/201-4501, ext. 195, or by filling out an online request form.