Jessica Levy, MSW, LCSW
Jessica Levy, MSW, LCSW
Jessica is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), working professionally with youth and families since 2004. Jessica graduated with her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, where she majored in elementary education. Jessica spent five years teaching kindergarten, predominately in neighborhoods on the South and West sides of Chicago. Realizing her desire to focus on the mental health needs of children, Jessica then obtained her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the Jane Addams College of Social work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. While working on this degree, Jessica was accepted into a certificate program through the Illinois Board of Higher Education, which allowed her to gain in-depth training in evidence-based mental health practice with children and adolescents.
Jessica then spent nearly 7 years working for a child welfare agency, providing therapy for children and teens in specialized foster care. The children Jessica worked with had all experienced traumatic events, including neglect and abuse. Jessica additionally led trainings for foster parents on a variety of topics. Beginning in 2017, Jessica also worked part-time in private practice before joining North Shore Family Services. Here, Jessica continued to work with youth in foster care or who have been adopted, in addition to working with youth living with their biological parents, adults, and couples.
Jessica believes that therapy is not a one-size-fits-all approach, and therefore makes certain that her therapeutic interventions meet the needs of each individual client. Jessica welcomes feedback from clients to ensure that therapy is a collaborative, welcoming, and supportive environment. Jessica believes that therapy should be a safe space in which clients can feel free to express their thoughts, feelings, and concerns in a non-judgmental setting. Jessica is skilled at helping children, teens, and adults cope with the challenges they face at home, work, and school. Jessica enjoys helping families and couples improve in their communication, navigate change, and progress in their problem solving abilities.
Jessica has worked with all ages, specializing in issues of trauma and attachment, trauma-informed parenting, behavioral concerns, social skills development, depression, anxiety, relationship struggles, life stressors and transitions, and emotional dysregulation. Jessica has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, and the ARC Model (Attachment, Regulation, and Competency). With her younger clients, Jessica enjoys incorporating play therapy, role playing, and therapeutic books and games.
In her spare time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, including her young son and stepson. Jessica also loves to exercise and lift weights.