Jessica Norman is a warm and compassionate clinical therapist and community psychologist who specializes in Relationships. But, that doesn’t mean just romantic couples, it also encompasses all the other relationships we have – parents, siblings, children, extended family, your boss or employees, friends and of course, your romantic partner. Humans are biologically programmed for desiring relationships and attachment to other people; relationships are what we humans do. Through evidence based, emotionally focused counseling for individuals, couples, and children, Jessica will help you discover the dynamics and struggles within a troubled relationship. In treating relationships (e.g. couples), Jessica uses Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy to help you and your partner, or family, change their attachment to each other.
Through therapeutic work & healing, couples learn how to forgive and love again through:
- Addressing and overcoming issues of infidelity, dishonesty, betrayal
- Identifying harmful patterns of interaction.
- Repairing broken bonds.
- Regaining trust.
- Finding the positive in each other, and in life.
- Identifying needs and meet the needs of each other.
- Maintaining positive changes that lead to life-long love.
(……and finally, getting the spark back in their sex lives.)
For those in Non- monogamous, poly, kink, or LGBTQIA relationships, Dr. Norman takes a sex positive, flexible approach to working with these unique relationship issues. Sexual minority couples have different dynamics and internal workings than the traditional, monogamous Male-Female couple. Jessica is active in advocating for LGBTQIA & sexual minorities rights, and stays current in the newest psychology research on “non-traditional” relationships.
For adult individuals seeking counseling:
In addition Depression and Anxiety, Jessica also provides therapy for individuals affected by:
- Bio-feedback, using Spire
- Bipolar and other mood disorders.
- Borderline, Narcissistic , Antisocial Personalities.
- Clinical Supervision.
- Divorce Counseling / after-divorce adjustment.
- Gender & Sexuality.
- LGTBQIA and/or other sexual minority populations.
- Infidelity, Betrayal and Emotional injury in couples.
- Personality disorders.
- Psychological Assessments.
- Poly and Non-monogamous relationships.
- Self Esteem & Self-Worth.
- Sexual Functioning / Sex Therapy
- Trauma and Abuse childhood, including complex trauma.
- Using Mindfulness training/ Eastern Meditation
Education and Expertise:
Dr. Norman is Community Psychologist, a licensed clinical therapist and certified in clinical trauma treatment. She practices in EFT (emotionally focused therapy) , Gottman Method, and utilizes bio-psycho-social attachment science as her treatment orientation. She has spent countless hours learning, training and teaching attachment to couples, families and students. She is the founder and the Clinical Director of Transformative Growth Foundation and the owner of Transformative Growth Counseling, LLC. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at DePaul University; Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Roosevelt University; and her PhD in Community Psychology at National Louis University.
Her current projects include collaboration with Kankakee Community college, where she and Dr. Cari Stevenson work with The Prevention Institute and Movember Foundation as community practitioners to promote mental fitness in veterans, men and boys in the community. Jessica is a research proposal reviewer for the American Psychological Association; teaches at the university level when not undertaking clinical graduate students; and conducts private consultation for small organizations and nonprofits, such as museums, cultural centers and grassroots organizations.
Jessica has conducted research on, and/or has spoken at American Psychological Association research conferences on her above mentioned specialities; including but not limited to: Micro-aggressions (2011); Personality Disorders and DBT (2013); Children’s learning through technology (2014, 2015); Culture, Racism & Privilege in undergraduate university programs (2015, 2016); Community building in historically oppressed neighborhoods (2015); Adverse (trauma) Childhood Experiences study (2015), and Transgender inclusivity (2015). Jessica has lead multiple studies on children’s development and technology use, as well as the application and experiences of learning abroad (through first-hand experience) in college students. Her studies and publications include:
Using a Harm Reduction Model in the Management of Children’s Media Use. January 2015Study description:
Using a Harm Reduction model, a educational workshop was used to give parents a variety of ways to reduce media usage in children or increase educational learning in media usage. Research was in collaboration with local NPO’s, communities and CPS schools to offer free educational workshops to parents who feel their youth overuse media. Workshops were then evaluated for efficacy using pre and post surveys. Results presented American Psychological Association’s Midwest Conference, May 2015.
Publication: The Effect of Parental Education on Understanding TV Ratings for Children. November 2015.
- Publication:“Experiences among U.S. Students of Color, Travel Background, and Cultural Attunement to Intersectionalities in Study Abroad Programs. “Experiences among U.S. Students of Color, Travel Background, and Cultural Attunement to Intersectionalities in Study Abroad Programs.
Monday: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 Pm to 6:00 pm
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