Trauma, Grief, Anxiety, Addictions and Mindfulness Specialist
SEL, Resiliency and Mindfulness Trainer
Healing Through Art in Palliative Care Trainer
Art in Health Trainer
Expressive Art Facilitator, Therapist, Artist and Trainer
For the past 25 years I have taught social emotional learning and mindfulness in both the regular classroom, special education classroom and fine arts classroom incorporating them in a positive behavior, relationship based intervention and behavior management system. I have used the arts to assist children and adults in processing traumatic experiences in the education environment. Since 2003 I have taught art, music, poetry and movement to children and adults through the use of expressive arts education. I have also used it as therapy for process oriented healing of my own traumatic experiences of the past from living and teaching in the classroom surviving armed intruders and the community trauma of Columbine. I have worked with individuals for spiritual and personal growth, therapeutic arts coaching, and creative exploration for the past 15 years incorporating mindfulness practices with expressive and therapeutic arts practice.
Therapeutic Art and Expressive Arts Facilitation is a "no art experience required" process of exploring creativity, and yourself, in a nonjudgemental way combining different forms of creating in one session, activity or lesson. For instance you might start a session with grounding, breathwork and a short moving meditation, then move to an art based creation process (painting, collage, photography), then in summary, create a poem or find quotes that say something personal and meaningful about your process of creation or piece of work. For MBCAI, Therapeutic Art focuses only on visual art processes of creative exploration, mindfulness and reflection. For Expressive Arts Facilitation, I incorporate all methods of creating in various form such as visual art, music use/composition/performance, movement, the use or creation of film and photography, expressive writing and poetry, etc.
Mindfulness helps us dive deep and find sanctuary in our process of creating. I've been a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation for over 20 years, studied Pranayama and Primordial Breathwork and Meditation at the Chopra Center and am trained in Isha Kriya, iRest, Yoga Nidra, Taoist meditation, Metta and moving meditations along being trained in John Kabat Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Schools. I have and do study with Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield and Deepak Chopra as well as engage in learning and practice with Kristin Neff's Mindfulness Self Compassion. I am also a Teacher of Presence trained through Eckhardt Tolle. I am a certified mindfulness practitioner, a master mindfulness and meditation teacher, a Therapeutic Art and Mindfulness and Meditation Life Coach, expressive arts therapist and meditative artist. I have been a student of Bhakti yoga for nearly a decade, while embracing and calling on the power of universal energy from the Christ Consciousness, Christian Mystics, Taoism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Sufism and Indigenous and earth based traditions. I come from a New Thought (Earnest Holmes and Charles Fillmore), Universalist perspective respecting all paths of spirituality and am an active elder and seminary student in the progressive Christian doctrine of Disciples of Christ, embracing equity for all, advocating social justice causes and living life from a compassionate perspective. I actively study with Richard Rohr and his colleagues at The Center for Action and Contemplation.
I added Mental Health Integrated Medicine in 2018, focusing on nutrition and lifestyle changes to my practice as a method to enhance mood, control anxiety and improve general health specifically for pain management, trauma, grief and addictions recovery as well as Indigenous histories with plant based healing. I completed my training as a Grief Counseling Specialist and in Healing with Art for Palliative End of Life Care in 2019 and have numerous clinical trauma specialist and behavior disorders certifications.
I believe in a holistic strengths based, wellness approach focusing on creating positive wellness and coping strategies for healing and life's journey in 1:1 coaching and group counseling and therapy. I see mental health challenges not as mental illness, but as an opportunity to develop strategies and skills for mental wellness.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist in Colorado, Licensed Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist (Adult, Child Adolescent, Family and addictions based) with additional training from Dr. Bruce Perry, Dr. Janina Fischer, Dr. Robert Rhoton and Dr. Eric Gentry , Dr, Dan Siegel and Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk, and numerous trauma centered organizations. I facilitate alternative addictions recovery and grief groups that includes secular and Christian philosophy, Buddhist based 8 step programs, faith based and strength based counseling and mindfulness practices.
In my expressive arts therapy work I've been trained by Dr. Nancy Rowe, Dr. Jill Mellick , Shelly Klammer and Dr. Cathy Malchiodi to name a few. I have trained with Flora Bowley, Whitney Freya and Connie Solera exploring their methods of mindfulness, intuitive art creation as well as Japanese influenced methods of Zen art creation.
Additionally, I provide workshops throughout the Midwest on social emotional learning in the arts, teacher self care, trauma basics, stress management, trauma informed classrooms to school, non profits and church congregations building resilience.
The purpose of my custom designed programs for individuals and support groups are to help you stabilize, restore, and optimize your physical, mental and emotional health. Therapeutic and Expressive Arts, wellness counseling, lifestyle coaching, psycho education and the development of coping strategies are offered as we work together to create a path through life for you that is meaningful and healthy.
You are not a one size fits all being.
Sliding scale and payment plans available for therapy and coaching. Not covered by insurance.
Jessica Waters, M.A.,N.L.C.-R.P., MPS. MPC, CMC
CTP, CATP, CTSS, CCFP, CCTP-1, CCPT-2, CCTSA. CFTS, CMHIMP, CAIMHP, CCAPT-CA. AMTP, ADHD-CCSP
ADHD Certified Educator, Co-occurring Disorders FIT Certified (Hazelden), Trauma Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Certified, Healing Through Art Trainer, Healing Through Art for Palliative Care Certified Trainer, Health in Arts Certified Trainer, Registered Psychotherapist (CO), Missouri Prevention Specialist, Missouri Associate Alcohol and Drug Counselor-II (P), CAC III eligible
Specialization Licenses, Registrations and Certificates
N.L.C.-R.P.-Registered Psychotherapist (CO)
M.P.S.- MO Prevention Specialist
CADC - Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (P)
REAT (P) - Registered Expressive Arts Therapist
REACE (P) - Registered Expressive Arts Certified Educator
EXAT (Candidate) - Trauma Informed Expressive Arts Therapist
EXA-CE (Candidate) Trauma Informed Expressive Arts Certified Educator
CAIMHP-Certified Addictions Informed Mental Health Provider
Trained fully in Hazelden FIT Co-Occuring Disorders Program
CCTP 1 & 2 - Certified Clinical Trauma Provider and Complex Trauma Provider
CTSS -Certified Trauma Support Specialist
CTP - Certified Trauma Professional
CATP - Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional
CFTS - Certified Family Trauma Specialist
CCTAS - Certified Clinical Trauma and Addictions Specialist
CCFP - Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional
CCATP-CA - Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional
AMTP - Anger Management Treatment Professional
ADHD-Certified Clinical Services Provider
ADHD - Certified Educator
CMHIMP - Certified Mental Health Integrated Medicine Provider
MCP - Certified Mindfulness Practitioner
CGCS - Certified Grief Counseling Specialist with additional training from the Hospice Foundation of America and Columbia Universities Complicated Grief Program
Certified Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher and Mindfulness/Meditation Life Coach - Archology Institute and Transformation Academy
Certified Primordial Breath Practitioner - Chopra Center
Certificate in Positive Psychology-University of Pennsylvania
Certificate of Social Emotional Learning University of Colorado- Boulder
Cal State University Institute of Palliative Care-Healing Through Art for Palliative Care- Train the Trainer
Certificate in Arts in Health - Arts in Health Institute
Certification-Trauma Informed Care Expressive Arts Therapy
Certificates in Trauma Informed Care for Organization, Clinical Foundations of Trauma Informed Care, MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and Mindfulness-University at Buffalo-SUNY
Certification in Therapeutic Art Life Coaching and Certified Mindfulness and Meditation Life Coach-Transformation Academy
Graduate hours in Special Education and doctoral hours Educational Leadership-Pittsburg State University and Capella University
Certificate of Transpersonal Studies: Creative Expression-Sofia University
Certificate in Fine Art-Kansas City Art Institute
M.F.A.-I.A. Studies-Goddard College
M.A. Psychology-Regis University
B.S.Ed. - Education, University of Saint Mary
A.A. - Music, Metropolitan Community Colleges