Jessica Weidel


Jessica is a Certified Theraplay Therapist, Trainer, and Supervisor. She has been using Theraplay in her practice since 2009. Jessica worked as an adoption preservation therapist in Chicago, IL where she served families who were struggling with their adoption or guardianship. She also worked as a therapist at the Theraplay Institute in Evanston, IL, and as an infant mental health consultant in the Healthy Families program. Jessica specializes in building healthy attachment. She has experience working with children who have survived abuse, neglect, loss, medical trauma, and other trauma. She is also skilled in supporting the parents of these children and helping them to learn how to help their child to heal.  

In addition to her Theraplay training, she is trained in ARC (Attachment, Regulation, and Competency); TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention); TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy); Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control; and DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy). She has recently started studying Internal Family Systems (IFS).

As a supervisor, Jessica strives to be very supportive and aims to give constructive feedback in a kind, compassionate way. Jessica is skilled at working with practicum students to identify their growing edges and challenges students to identify specific ways to improve those areas.  As the supervision relationship is built, Jessica helps the supervisee to build their skills in identifying moments of countertransference, and helps him/her to process these moments and plan for handling countertransference in the moment within theraplay sessions.  

Jessica has been doing Theraplay trainings and supervising practicum students since 2013. She was a collaborating author of the Theraplay for foster/adoptive parents curriculum. Jessica has an M.Ed in community counseling and is licensed in Washington as an LMHC. She can be reached at [email protected]

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