What is Experiential Therapy?

Experiential comes from the word experience. Our experience in the world is what shapes us. The term experiential therapy covers a broad range of approaches. An experiential framework centers the importance of creating presence. Cultivating presence is a practice. Many of us are accustomed to avoiding painful, difficult, and troubling emotions so we evade the present by worrying, ruminating, using substances, overusing screens, eating, and so much more. These actions remove us from our experience and train us to avoid positive emotions like joy and happiness, too!

Experiential therapy utilizes techniques where patients use expressive tools, or activities to FEEL (instead of THINK about…) their experience in the world. I utilize Gestalt therapy, writing, creative art, movement, and ecotherapy to aid clients in becoming present to their authentic selves. Learn more about Jess.


What are the benefits of experiential therapy?

Experiential therapy helps us to learn how to take responsibility for who we are and how are; rather than becoming stuck in cycles of blame and shame regarding how we operate in the world.

This form of therapy helps people gain greater self-awareness and a greater ability to live in the present moment. When we are present with ourselves we are better able to attend to our needs, make authentic decisions, and set positive, healthy boundaries in our relationships, and feel more secure in our environment. 

People who use experiential therapy find they are able to:

  • Cultivate a self-compassion and non-judgement
  • Regulate fluctuations in mental and emotional states
  • Attune to their needs
  • Discharge negative emotions through healthier means
  • Communicate more clearly
  • Improve mindfulness
  • Increase emotional awareness and understanding

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    Testimonials for Psychotherapy:

    I feel Jessica creates a safe space that encourages and facilitates self-trust, expression, reflection, openness, and acceptance. She provides keen observations of physical responses/reactions, offers variation and introspective exercises, and serves as a great soundboard. I have found my experience with her to be incredibly helpful, illuminating, and inspiring. 


    I have been participating in regular therapy sessions with Jessica for just shy of one year, and I very, very highly recommend her services. She is compassionate, patient, knowledgeable, experienced, and professional. I have never been in therapy before, and I didn't know what to expect. I'm extremely grateful to have fallen into Jessica's care. She is bereft of judgment, and I found I naturally grew comfortable sharing my feelings and perspectives. She often challenges me to notice and observe the body and its connection to the mind. Jessica also encourages various creative mindfulness exercises that continue to have an overwhelmingly positive effect on my overall wellbeing. Through various practices, she guides me in caring for myself so that I can continue to care for others. She has been particularly helpful in lending her proficiency in ecotherapy, mental illness, and addiction. Jessica shows up to every session as a genuinely attentive professional equipped with the expertise and empathy to relate to your human experience and offer a shining light to your true self.