As a licensed clinician for more than 20 years, Jessica Raistrick, LCSW, formerly Jessica Adams, shares that her inspiration comes from the adolescents and adults that she treats who overcome the struggles of addiction, eating disorders, and family conflict. Effective change happens when the underlying problems are addressed in ways that are individualized and creative. The safe space Jessica offers in therapy allows her clients to explore their feelings, their choices, and challenge their patterns of behavior. Jess works extensively with teens struggling at school, at home, and with the legal system. Her work with parents includes finding effective strategies to reach their teen while opening the lines of communication within the family system. In addition, Jessica’s work with substance abuse treatment and prevention has spanned her career while working in the school system, alternatives to incarceration, residential treatment facilities, and in her private practice. She has also worked with individuals coping with eating disorders for over 10 years in a residential setting. Jessica’s work with clients is grounded in empathy and connection. Furthermore, her style of direct feedback, in a compassionate manner, helps individuals gain insight and envision and enact new modes of behavior. She finds it rewarding to help people make connections between their feelings and their behaviors—to find healthier ways to express their emotions.
Jessica is a certified Reiki Master. Reiki influences the subtle energy fields around the body to inspire positive transformation. In addition, the practice of Reiki can create a healing space for the integration of other modalities, especially talk therapy, trauma processing, holistic health integration, and overall wellness. The origin of the term is from the Japanese words “rei” (universal) and “ki” (life energy). Reiki is a form of nuanced non-invasive energy healing that honors the power each individual has to heal themselves. As a result, energy healing targets the more subtle energy fields in the body where energy can stagnate or where perhaps one has suffered physical injury or emotional pain. In time, these areas or energy blocks can cause dis-ease or ill health. Alternative therapies such as Reiki positively support the flow of energy and remove blockages. In addition, Reiki can help with relaxation, support overall healing, and reduce other symptoms of potential illness. It is commonly referred to as palm healing or hands-on healing. This gentle practice can have a profound effect.