Jess Xerri earned her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Michigan State University. Prior to earning her MSW, Jess completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Anthropology & Sociology from Kalamazoo College. She has plans to pursue a doctorate degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in perinatal mental health.
What is your favorite quote?
“What we know matters, but who we are matters more.” – Brene Brown
Who is someone who inspires you?
What is your favorite self-help book?
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
Why did you decide to become a mental health professional? From a young age, I knew I wanted to help people. My own experiences have drawn me to the therapist profession. As a therapist, I pride myself on facilitating positive change with my clients so they can improve their overall quality of their life.
What modalities do you love implementing as a therapist? As a therapist I take an integrative approach that is influenced on mindfulness practices, as well as person-centered and cognitive-behavioral theories. My approach varies from client to client as everyone’s needs are different. Outside my modalities of choice, I acknowledge each person in their environment and seek to understand how their systems (family, school, culture etc.) influence their understanding of themselves and their environment.
My wish for my clients is to feel empowered after our time together. I believe that everyone has the capacity to work through their struggles to learn and grow. Together we can find the right tools to approach the root cause of your stressors.
Jess hopes to provide a safe space for clients to be vulnerable and help them navigate their life’s difficulties. She has a passion for working in perinatal mental health, interpersonal struggles, trauma, depression, and anxiety. Outside of being a therapist, she enjoys practicing different forms of movement, reading, spending time with family and friends, and cooking.