Jessica has worked in and around trauma her whole career: from working in countries with histories of generational and more recent collective traumas, to supporting individuals caught right in the middle of a traumatic event, to now exploring the impact of trauma in more depth and over time with private clients.
Jessica started off working as a teacher/trainer/manager, teaching English as a Foreign Language. She worked in Greece, Vietnam, Poland, China, Thailand and the UK. She presented at a number of international teaching conferences, typically sharing her research and practice in group work.
After 20 years of this, Jessica joined the Scottish Ambulance Service as an Emergency Call Handler, answering 999 calls. The high volume of mental health calls she received led Jessica to next re-train as a counsellor/psychotherapist, and she now works as a person-centred counsellor in private practice, based in Edinburgh.
To balance things out, outside of work Jessica loves dogs – and did an Emergency First Aid Course for Dogs this year. She also loves finding fabulous fabrics in charity shops, and transforming them into sometimes wearable clothes. To protect against old age, she's learning French, and is finding that adding French subtitles can transform even the worst TV into a cultural activity.
2023–Present: Associate trainer for KCA (Knowledge Change Action)
2019–Present: Counsellor in Private Practice
2013–2021: Emergency Call Handler and Auditor, Scottish Ambulance Service
1995–2013: Teacher of English as a Foreign Language, Teacher Trainer, and Academic Manager, working in England, Greece, Vietnam, Poland, China, Thailand and Scotland
Post Graduate Diploma - Psychological Wellbeing, Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Aberdeen, 2018
Certificate in Counselling, COSCA, Edinburgh College, 2016
Masters in Education (Applied Linguistics), Open University, 2008
Post Graduate Diploma TESOL, Sheffield Hallam University, 2004