*3.1.22: I am am currently unable to accept new clients. I have a waitlist for adult clients who have daytime availability open. Waitlist times are difficult to predict, but minimally are 2-3 months at this time. Please e-mail me if you would like to learn more and would be interested in being placed on my waitlist for treatment. 

I see clients over the age of 18 typically, but will occassionally see teens as young as 16 depending on the circumstances. 

Working with Jessica

 

I truly enjoy working with people who come to therapy for many different reasons, and I collaboratively work with my clients to help them decide on goals and focus. My approach to therapy is holistic and honoring of each of the many different backgrounds, beliefs, systems and desires that make us the unique humans that we are. I enjoy working with my clients to find peace within themselves and bodies, with others, and the world. I strive to be a guide in helping each person find their own knowledge, wisdom and connection with the universe to find hope, meaning and wellness in their lives. 

 

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. 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. Other relevant experience includes working in neuropsychological testing at Hennepin County Medical Center for five years, and 10+ years as a fitness instructor. 

 

Areas of Focus

 

While I am able to offer psychotherapy for a wide range of mental health conditions, I have specialized training in the treatment of eating disorders, disordered eating, problematic exercise, and body image disturbances. I am skilled in working with athletes, people in the health and wellness industry including fitness instructors, as well as anyone who wants to improve their relationship with food, exercise, health, and their bodies. I am also able to provide support when other issues or disorders coexist with eating disorders such as substance use, chronic health conditions and other mental health issues.  

  • Eating Disorders, including disordered eating and problematic exercise

    • Anorexia

    • Bulimia

    • Binge-Eating Disorder

    • Other eating disorders

  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder

  • Health Behavior Change & Management

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Trauma & PTSD

  • Life Transitions and Adjustments

  • Pain 

  • Personal Growth 

  • Co-Occurring Substance Use 

  • Gender Identity

  • Career Uncertainty/Growth/Challenges

  • LGBTQI+ Allied 

 

Treatment Modalities Used

 

I draw from many treatment modalities in collaboratively choosing what treatment will work best for my clients. I draw mainly from behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, feminist-relational, existential, strengths-based, psychodynamic and integrative therapies in my work. 

 

For individuals with eating disorders, I utilize data tracking and feedback when appropriate and desired, including offering the use of the Recovery Record® app. I am happy to coordinate care with other treatment professionals to create individualized treatment teams and plans in order to ensure all aspects of health are addressed.

 

Licensure

 

I obtained my LADC (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor) licensure in January, 2021. I am currently pursuing the hours needed to become a Licensed Professional  Clinical Counselor (LPCC) under the supervision of Jennie Yngsdahl, MA, LP 

 

Professional Associations

Minnesota Psychological Association 

Academy for Eating Disorders

 

Payment Options

 

Payment options include use of your health insurance (in or out of network), direct payment per session, flexible spending plans, or availability of a limited number of sliding fee slots for those experiencing financial hardship. Please note that I am unable to take UHC, UBH or Medica Insurance. Please contact me to discuss the best options for you.

 

How to schedule an appointment 

 

If you would like to schedule an appointment, e-mail is the best way to do so. If you prefer to call, please call 763-777-0591 and leave a message. I am also happy to schedule a free 15-minute phone or virtual consult to see if we would be a good fit for working together. I will get back to you shortly. 

 

Jessica Barker, MPS, LADC, Psychotherapist

jessica@centerforcounselingandwellness.com