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Meet Jessica

Hi, I'm Jessica. I am a researcher, consultant and therapist based out of Minneapolis, MN. I have a Master’s of Professional Studies (MPS) in Integrative Behavioral Health and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. As a therapist my specialty is working with individuals who have eating disorders, including problematic exercise, though I work with people coming to therapy with many different concerns. I also am a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and have worked in outpatient, partial and residential addiction treatment. I have worked in the mental health field in research for over 20 years, and am actively involved in research at the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. My own research is on the concept of Exercise Satiation and the implications for exercise behavior, including in eating disorders. I am grateful for all of the past experiences that have influenced my research and counseling work, including 10+ years in the health and wellness industry as a fitness instructor.

What is EXERT? 

Exert-ED is the name I chose for my website and is not a specific business or entity. Rather, it is descriptive and aspirational for all the activities I conduct in my work. Exert stands for "Eating Disorders, Exercise & Ethics, Research and Therapy." Consulting, coaching, therapy, and all other contracted business is done via direct contract as a sole proprietor. 

I currently do not have any openings for psychotherapy, and my waitlist is currently closed.

Please check back if you are interested in working with me for updates on openings. 

Jessica Lee Barker, MPS, LADC

ex*ert    /ig'zert/


1. apply or bring to bear (a force, influence or quality)

2. make physical or mental effort

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