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Meet Jalessa

Jalessa S. Cherry, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CSI, ADHD-CCSP

"The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise" - Maya Angelou

Let's begin with what is most important. Regardless of the role I am fulfilling in the therapeutic relationship – whether it be therapist or clinical supervisor – :

  • The services that I provide are tailored to your goals, visions, and needs.

  • I create a "brave space" that is safe, yet allows for growth, acknowledging the strength it requires to be vulnerable and courageous.

  • I strive to create an empathetic, non-judgmental environment that allows you to bring your authentic self.

  • I consider it an honor and a privilege to join you on this journey, and I take this responsibility seriously.

  • I adhere to all ethical standards and guidelines, particularly those related to client welfare, confidentiality, professional boundaries, and autonomy.

  • I acknowledge that I do not possess all the answers.

  • The client-therapist relationship and therapist-supervisor relationship are essential in this journey. I acknowledge that I am not for everybody and that is okay. If you come to realize at any point during your experience that this is the case, I want to create a transparent environment that enables you to communicate this and helps facilitate a conversation to connect you with a therapist or supervisor who better suits your needs.

Congratulations on taking this huge step to prioritize your mental health or to pursue your professional licensure . Beginning this journey will not be easy but it is necessary and will be very rewarding.

Currently, I am dually licensed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS), and clinical supervisor to provisionally licensed professionals and addiction certified specialists. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Sociology from East Carolina University in 2012 and my Master’s in Social Work from East Carolina University in 2017. I also earned certificates in Gerontology and Military & Trauma Counseling. My professional experience is diverse to include working in the inpatient setting, outpatient setting, enhanced services, and in crisis services. I also have experience working with diverse populations to include the military population and military dependents, all ages, the LBGTQ population, and the BIPOC population. I am passionate about working with individuals living with ADHD. In practice, I have experience with the following treatment modalities and theories: interpersonal, motivational interviewing, strengths-based, CBT, attachment, solution focused, brief CBT to include Behavior Activation, and EMDR. 

I use an integrated framework of treatment modalities and evidenced based practices in treatment and supervison. I incorporate concepts such cognitive behavioral theories, solution focused therapy, family systems theory, psychodynamic therapy, attachment theory, and a strengths based perspective. As well as, incorporating mindfulness and a biopsychosocial-spiritual approach in treatment.

Thank you for considering me to join you on your journey! Please do not hesitate to contact me for a better understanding of my processes, styles, and services. I offer free 30 minute consultation visits for both therapy and supervision to help guide you in making this important decision.

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel"- Maya Angelou

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