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Jessica Velez, LCSW
Jessica Velez, LCSW
Jessica Velez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, providing therapy services for children and adolescents at Freedom First Psychological Services.
Jessica has several years of experience providing clinical services to children and adolescents. Her previous experiences include working with children and young adults who have undergone major trauma and experience significant behavioral concerns. Jessica has worked with children and adolescents in a variety of settings, including: outpatient mental health treatment, residential care, public schools, and day treatment schools. She has expertise working with a diverse range of clients and a wide variety of physical and emotional challenges, including: Autism Spectrum, defiance and oppositional behaviors, trauma, anxiety, depression, behavior problems, and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
Jessica completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies from SUNY College at Brockport. She received her M.S.W. degree in Social Work at SUNY Albany. She completed an internship with the YWCA, in their domestic violence shelter, assisting women and children in processing their trauma and regaining control in their lives. In addition, Jessica also attended a 10-day trip to India to study intimate partner violence and social work within different cultures. Currently, Jessica also works at a day treatment school for children with emotional disturbance and a variety of mental health diagnoses.
Jessica follows a cognitive behavioral approach to treatment, often along with creative play therapy, with the goal of assisting children and adolescents to understanding their own diagnoses and behaviors. As a part of treatment and making positive steps towards success as a family, she will most often include family members as regular participants in therapy to assist their child in practicing new strategies to manage their emotions and behaviors.
Jessica is able to accept CDPHP, Fidelis and MVP insurance.