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Meet Jessica

Hi, I'm Jessica. I am a researcher, consultant, and therapist based in Minneapolis, MN. I have a Master 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 am also 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 in various areas in mental health counseling and exercise. My own research is on the concept of Exercise Satiation and the implications for exercise behavior, including in eating disorders, and the three-legged stool of evidence-based practice with a focus on patient perspectives of mental health and eating disorders treatment. I have served as adjunct faculty member at Winona State University's counselor education department, teaching a class on eating disorders. I am grateful for all 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. 

Update 4/11/24: I currently have openings for psychotherapy clients. If you would like to connect to see if we are a good fit please email me at jessica (at)

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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