Jessica’s Trainings and Experience

The following information describes Jessica Madrid’s education, training, and experience.

Education & Experience

Jessica graduated with a Masters in Professional Counseling and School Counseling from New Mexico Highlands University in 2011. She is currently a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC #0182891) and was a school counselor from August 2012- May 2014. She has experience working with people of all ages from preschoolers to adults. She interned at Counseling and Psychotherapy Institution in 2010 and worked with adults and couples with depression, anxiety, and other stressors. Jessica has some experience working with preschool aged children when she worked for Head Start in 2008. She counseled adolescents and families within Albuquerque Public Schools for two years. Jessica has been counseling adults, couples, and teens in private practice since May 23, 2014.

Trainings & Certifications

In addition to Jessica Madrid’s work experience, she is working toward several certifications and specialized trainings. She was the first therapist in New Mexico certified by Dr. Elaine Aron to work with Highly Sensitive People (HSP) (Certified since 2014).

In addition to this certification, Jessica has completed all of the required trainings of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) from Dr. Lisa Palmer-Olsen and Dr. Mark Kaupp, in Scottsdale, AZ.  She is currently receiving EFT supervision from Dr. Marcelle Grant from Santa Fe, NM and working towards a certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy. This therapy was developed by Dr. Sue Johnson and Dr. Leslie Greenberg.  Thanks to Dr. Sue’s clinical search, EFT is currently the only evidence based couples therapy to improve couples relationships and level of satisfaction.

In addition, Jessica has extensive training in Sand Tray Therapy. She has completed nine out of ten levels (126 hours) of Sand Tray Therapy training with Dr. Theresa Kestly. Sand tray therapy is a powerful modality that provides immediate access to the source of the problem.  This is a great approach for nearly everyone and can be helpful for people who are feeling stuck and unable to move forward.

To treat trauma and other difficult core issues, Jessica uses EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and AEDP also know as Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy.  Jessica received her initial EMDR training through Deborah Kennard with Personal Transformation Institute.  Also, Jessica completed a training in AEDP for healing trauma with Dr. Diana Fosha.  All of these therapies equip Jessica with the ability to provide a safe and secure theraputic environment to heal trauma and clients who feel blocked.

In addition, Jessica recieved training from Dale Paula in San Diego, California with the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) in April 2016. Jessica uses EFT-Tapping to help alleviate intense negative emotions. This technique is a self-help tool clients can use outside of therapy to manage difficulties they face everyday.

Jessica continues to deepen her understanding and skills in many areas of counseling and therapy to widen her scope of understanding to provide the best up-to-date service to her clients.

Theoretical Background

Jessica Madrid has an eclectic approach to counseling.  Most of her philosophies are congruent with humanistic approaches (Carl Rodgers; Client Centered), because Jessica enjoys person centered approaches and believes these approaches or more congruent with her deep concern and empathy for people.  Humanistic approaches value people and do not see people as deficient or damaged.  Jessica gravitates towards humanistic approach, because they enable her to accept her clients for who they are and provide support and genuine acceptance.

Also, Jessica tends to focus on emotions and believes healing can take place when our emotions are acknowledged and felt by a secure attachment figure.  Jessica adopts an attachment therapy framework, which essentially means, she believes strong healthy attachment relationships are a vital part of our wellbeing and happiness. We are social beings and a nurturing, loving, and safe connection with another person is important to our development and mental health. Jessica believes when we have secure attachments we thrive and flourish in life.

Therapeutic Relationship

The therapeutic relationship is important to Jessica and she values and respects people. She views clients as the expert in their own lives. Therefore, she takes a non-directive approach in counseling and attempts to avoid telling people what to do with their lives. Rather, she guides clients towards healthy decision making and balance. Listening and empathy are important qualities Jessica uses in her practice. Therefore, she avoids taking a judgmental stance in therapy. With a judgment-free environment, she believes clients will feel safe to be their authentic self without fear of judgment or shame.