With over 30 years of experience working as a therapist, Jessica Hale was initially drawn to the career to work with youth. What still drives her is the front row seat she gets to her clients’ healing.

Jessica graduated cum laude with a BS in Psychology from University of Utah in 1987, and an MSW from Boston University School of Social Work in 1991. Her current areas of focus are with adults and couples. For most of her career, she has worked with adolescents in outpatient and residential levels of care, and with their families, but she now leaves that work to younger clinicians.

She is trained and experienced in A.R.T. (Accelerated Resolution Therapy), DBT,  and training and gaining experience in EMDR therapies. She is also experienced in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, thought disorders, trauma, family and relationship problems, employment challenges, phase of life concerns, grief and loss, learning disabilities, chronic health conditions, chemical dependence, and people who are high functioning on the autism spectrum.

Jessica’s calm and patient demeanor helps clients feel safe while working with her. Clients have thanked her for helping and supporting them through challenging times, navigating gender identity transitions, and other difficult developmental issues. Parents have also thanked her for giving them back their teenager. Her biggest source of feedback is the referrals she gets from current and former clients, and other professionals.

The most important lesson Jessica wants her clients to learn is that “recovery is possible, and that purpose and physical movement play a critical role in mental health and wellness.

This pairs well with her favorite quote by Arthur Ashe: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” A simple statement that eliminates barriers to a person’s pursuit of their goals.

Originally from southern California, Jessica was raised in Utah in a working class family that loves dogs. Her mother is Peruvian. Her father was in the USMC. She has two sisters. She likes to spend time with her family, friends and dog. She also enjoys walking, hiking, bike riding, swimming, kayaking and the outdoors in general. She is passionate about civil rights and self determination.

Jessica’s ultimate goal as a therapist is to continue to learn new and developing treatment models that will allow her to continue to be helpful to a greater number of clients and their families. She feels fortunate to be a part of the Phoenix Rebellion team.