Jessica  Cao
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Jessica Cao

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
Michigan Not Accepting Online
Illinois Accepting Online
New East Side Accepting In-person
Updated September 12, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Adjustment difficulties & disorders
  • College & graduate student mental health
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sexual harassment & assault
  • Sexual health & dysfunction

Professional statement

Jessica is a social worker and therapist. She has lived in east Asia, east Europe, and now in North America. She can provide services in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. She received a master's in Social Work from the University of Chicago and a master's in Health Communication from Indiana University.

Jessica has worked with international students, 1st/1.5/2nd generation of immigrants, and trauma survivors. Her interests include eating disorders and body image concerns, sexual violence and sexual trauma, religious trauma and spirituality concerns, and difficulties in life transitions. She is now a sex therapist in training at the University of Michigan.

She adopts a multicultural and intersectionality framework in my work. This framework believes that we each have unique experiences and interpretations despite some shared labels of social identities. Based on this belief, she views therapy as a collaborative process to empower individuals in designing their own toolbox for wellness. She uses an integrated approach, meaning I may draw techniques from different theoretical approaches as long as they work. If you need, she can also work with you on a specific approach you like. In practice, she often borrows therapy techniques from CBT, DBT, ACT, somatic experiencing, contemporary psychodynamics, and integrates religion and spirituality. She utilizes client-centered, strength-based approaches toward trauma-informed treatment and believes in the power of love, compassion, and appreciation.


Message to clients

We live in a world of information explosion. You could google everything online and learn something about it. Meanwhile, I believe there is a reason that you are seeking therapy. My role as a therapist is to meet you where you are—maybe you sense something is going on in your life and you have an idea about what to do next, maybe you are curious about some patterns in your life and you would like to explore them, maybe you are struggling and you just want to try anything to feel better… I would work collaboratively with you toward where you want to go. I hope to be your ally, standing firmly with you and prioritizing your benefits. I hope to be your mirror, reflecting your patterns with yourself and others. I hope to be your supporter, walking with you and preparing you to live a life worth living.


Specialties

Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression.

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Sexual harassment & assault - Caring support along the pathway to safety, wellbeing, and healing for survivors of sexual abuse and assault

Sexual health & dysfunction - Addressing emotional, physical, and biological concerns related to sexual intimacy and functioning; education and skill building around topics such as erectile dysfunction, orgasms, low libido, shame, and history of abuse; improving communication to realize a fulfilling sex life




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
  • Northwestern University Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $180 (55min)
  • Sliding scale: $43 - $180
  • Initial session: $200 (55min)

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Illinois)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
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  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Michigan)
Not accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
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New East Side practice
333 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60601
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
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  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 3 years

University of Michigan , Post-MSW Fellow, 2021 - 2023

University of Chicago , MSW, 2021
Indiana University, MA, 2019


Licensure

Michigan: 6851111139

Illinois: 149.026121


Languages

Mandarin