Jessica Boldt, LICSW & LCSW
In 2002, I began my academic and clinical training working with youth and families. While obtaining my Bachelors Degree in Human Development, I worked for Department of Children and Family Services functioning as an in-home child behavior specialist. In this position I was able to assist children heal from abuse and integrate into healthy family systems. Here, I viewed and experienced individuals as having an intrinsic ability to move forward given adequate support. This insight shaped my professional direction and continues to be my approach to trauma work.
I further pursued my clinical training at University of Southern California where I received a Masters in Social Work in 2006. While at graduate school I was afforded the unique experience of working with Los Angeles County of Mental Health Emergency Services assisting with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, as well as writing the County's field manual for disaster related mental health. I also targeted learning efforts toward the area of sexual and domestic assault, and issues many at-risk youth face such as self-harm, attachment, child abuse and neglect, and mood disorders. Since 2006, I continued to expand my interest in trauma and other fields working with youth and families in juvenile detention settings, residential settings, foster-care homes, and community crisis response. In 2010, I acquired my clinical license and began working in private practice with the following populations:
Children 6-12:. I am a dynamic therapist working with this age group, and will often use mixed art media and other forms of expression to assist them. Often, this allows parents to gain a greater connection to their child as they have increased understanding of their child's behaviors and feelings. I also work with children in the area of grief and loss, relational issues, self-esteem, emotional and behavioral management, and mood related issues.
Teens and Young Adults 13-24: I have had extensive training working with adolescents and young adults, and am passionate about this population. Many of the clients I have worked with have presented with issues in the realm of trauma including sexual assault, domestic violence, childhood abuse or neglect, self-harming behaviors including substance use and cutting, relationships, life transition, attachment difficulties, mood management, self-esteem, grief and loss, and eating disorders/body image. I often work creatively with this age group utilizing materials they best relate to and express themselves with.
Adults: Adults I work with are often experiencing issues in the realm of recovery from trauma including sexual and/or domestic assault, attachment, relationships, body image, life transitions and mood management
- Children & Adults, At-risk teens
- Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Sex Trafficking
- Foster Care Youth
- Child Abuse & Neglect
- Unbound Arts Project
- Street Yoga
- Disaster Response
My Training & Approaches
- Community Crisis Intervention for Families, Los Angeles, CA
- Emergency Preparedness, Los Angeles, CA
- Train the Trainer
- Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Ecological & Resiliency Models
- Art & Play Therapy
- Attachment Model
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)