28 Aug Therapist Spotlight – Jessica Levy, MSW, LCSW
What drew you to social work?
I have always enjoyed working with children, and spent five years as a teacher. I realized that I was actually more interested in mental health and social/emotional growth than I was in teaching. Becoming a therapist was one of the best decisions I ever made. It’s so rewarding, and I truly love seeing clients flourish and develop skills and insight that betters their lives. In addition to my young clients, it’s also quite fulfilling to treat adults and couples as well.
What makes you stand out as a therapist?
I’m really proud of my versatility and my ability to connect with people of all ages. And yes, this includes teenagers who might initially not be as enthused about starting therapy. Clients tell me they feel comfortable engaging with me, and it’s so important to me as a therapist to have these genuine connections and strong therapeutic relationships. I believe clients can sense my authenticity. I’m creative in the interventions I utilize and enjoy using games, books and role-plays in addition to traditional talk therapy.
What was the last thing that made you laugh or smile?
My 7-year-old stepson cracks me up all the time! I love watching him dance, or show off his gymnastics moves. He also says some pretty philosophical things too, which can be unintentionally humorous coming out of the mouth of a little kid. It’s awesome to see him exploring his sense of self and what he believes in.
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.