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WALKING WITH YOU THROUGH THE STORM

Welcome Brave One!

​My name is Jessie Lynn Giese, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). In 15 years of clinical experience, I have walked with many clients over an extensive scope of needs ranging from: home-based support for neurodivergent children, caring for family units with mental health concerns and trauma, to clinically managing a safe house for survivors of sex-trafficking.

I have found that this life is beautiful, and hard. Really hard. Amazingly beautiful. Transformative, really. But none of the beauty has found its deepest colors in my life until I went into the darkness of the shadows. I sat in the trauma, confusion, chaos, grief, and deep loneliness until those seeds of healing finally grew roots deep enough to push out the suffering and transform the new growth into a garden among the desert plains. And then I did it again and again, watering and nourishing my mind, body, and heart in deep compassion.

 

But I didn't do it alone! There have been so many people who have walked this journey with me, been my comrades as we've soldiered through the deserts and shadows together. I have discovered so many wonderful quiet corners of nature along the way as my oasis, my shelter in the storm. Pressing into the healing power of relationships all around me has transformed my life.

 

And on this beautiful journey of healing, parenting my children has deepened this transformation. But it is HARD. And as I have been, and am on this walk myself while breaking cycles with my family, I know what it means to be TIRED! Parenting through trauma as a neurodivergent woman is not for the faint of heart, but damn, it has been my greatest joy.

 

I want you to know that I see you. I hear you. I know what it means to be up in the middle of the night for hours, by yourself or with a screaming child, walking into your day empty and void of life's energy sources, but determined to meet yourself, your family, and others with as much compassion and safety as you can. You are a warrior, and all warriors need their comrades and rest. And I want to meet you right in that place, in the graceful dance between movement and rest.

I love being in a place of self-discovery and open curiosity to learn more about who I have been created to be. I am always excited to learn new things. I absolutely LOVE being in nature. Listening to loud dance music calms the overworked sensory systems in my body. In my quiet time, I love keeping my mind engaged through reading sci-fi and fantasy books. I also deeply enjoy keeping my body active through walking, yoga, dancing (for fun!), and spending time with my husband and children. I love making my own home products and exploring more ways to live more naturally. You will often see me with either a strong cup of coffee or a soothing cup of tea to help keep my body moving and my heart at peace.

My professional background and qualifications is listed as follows:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Northern Illinois University

  • Masters of Social Work from Aurora University, with emphasis on clinical and community concentrations

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Illinois

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trained Level 1 and 2 (EMDR certification in process)

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) Online Circle Training

  • Theraplay, Trained Level 1 (Foundational Certification in process)

  • Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) Certified

  • Gottman Method, Trained Level 1

I hope this glimpse into my life and my passion is encouraging and welcoming to you! Renewing of the mind is a process and I’d be honored to be chosen to walk with you along your path!

 

- Jessie Lynn Giese