Jessica Slavin Connelly is a therapist with offices near Davis Square in Cambridge, MA and in Melrose, MA. As an alumna of the Post-Graduate Behavioral Health Fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Tufts University, she is dedicated to helping local students and professionals navigate life transitions.
Jessica has expertise in anxiety, career satisfaction, stress management, depression, relationship challenges, couples counseling, body image and eating concerns, and family crises. Jessica sees many highly motivated students and professionals in high-stress careers, and provides support around stress and anger management, communication, conflict resolution, and social anxiety. She also works with entrepreneurs, and focuses on building skills to navigate the stresses of pitching, building a team, and managing a business.
Jessica has advanced training in skills-based therapy techniques, including client-centered mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectic behavioral therapy, and mindfulness-based stress reduction. She combines this with insight-oriented theories to help clients reclaim a sense of choice and authorship in their lives, and strives to ensure her clients have a comforting, meaningful, and effective therapeutic experience that gets to the heart of their core concerns. She creates a safe, judgement-free space where clients can be their authentic selves, while also developing concrete strategies to ensure clients make progress towards their therapy goals.
Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression - Chronic and situational depression
Work and career counseling - For college students, recent graduates, professionals, and midlife transitions
Stress and anger management - Developing skills to manage stress and anger and their impact on personal and work relationships
Communication issues - Building tools to communicate and reflect true intentions and reach more productive resolutions within romantic, family, and work relationships
Conflict resolution - Building strategies to mediate and cope with various conflicts that arise in everyday life
ADHD coaching - Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure
Issues concerning food, body image, and eating disorders - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating
Romantic relationship issues - Managing the personal and interpersonal aspects of romantic relationship challenges
Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Family and work relationship issues - Addressing challenges with family members, coworkers, bosses, etc.
Professional coaching - Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying goals and steps to building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance
Health coaching - Support around various aspects of physical and mental health
Jessica offers in-person consultation appointments to give you the space to decide if working with her is right for you.
Clients wishing to utilize their insurance should seek prior insurance approval and confirmation of benefits prior to scheduling an initial meeting.
Jessica can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Private Practice, 2010 - Present
Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates/Harvard Medical School, Postgraduate Behavioral Fellowship, 2007 - 2009
Private Practice, Psychoeducational Learning Specialist, Coach, and Educator, 2001 - Present
Portland State University, MA, Clinical Social Work, 2000
Tufts University, Bachelors, Clinical Psychology and Community Health, 1994