Associate Therapists

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Jessica Kansky, PhD

Hi there! I’m Jess Kansky. Although I’m a Pennsylvanian, I’ve found my way to Charleston and can’t imagine living anywhere else. My love of psychology started during my undergraduate training at the University of Pennsylvania. While pursuing my BA in Psychology at Penn I worked in several research labs, broadening my understanding of the science that goes into creating mental health treatments. I then spent three years deepening my expertise in relationship and family psychology as a researcher creating interventions to help service members reintegrate into family life at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress in Washington, DC. Then, it was onto Charlottesville, Virginia where I completed my doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The University of Virginia. There, I studied how earlier experiences with caregivers and mental health difficulties impact how we form and maintain adult relationships (especially romantic ones). After graduate school, my clinical internship at MUSC finally brought me to Charleston where I also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Couples and Family therapy at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

 

My training has left me with a deep respect for this field and a strong drive to bring interventions that work to my clients. I’m energized by helping those who feel stuck – in life, in relationships, in careers – take steps forward to achieve meaningful goals. With so many decisions and possibilities, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the “what-ifs” of life. I strive to create space for my clients to make sense of and move through their unique stuck points. Together, we make room to explore, gain clarity, and develop a plan of attack to chip away at the struggles. Therapy can be hard, but I'm focused on making sessions productive, welcoming, and sometimes even a little fun. It’s extremely rewarding to join clients at challenging times and witness their growth take shape, as we tear down barriers and fuel progress together.

For more information on my professional experience, please see my CV: Jess Kansky Curriculum Vitae