About Jess Woods-McFarland
Jess Woods-McFarland | BS
GRADUATE STUDENT COUNSELING INTERN
Counseling for Adults and Teens (Age 16+)
As a therapist-trainee Jess’ approach is deeply rooted in connection, compassion, and acceptance. She is passionate about assisting clients in discovering and connecting with their own inner wisdom and strengths, as well as gently supporting the process of change. She believes that most change happens in a safe, caring relationship and the role of the therapist is to create such relationship through genuine empathy, curiosity, and attunement.
Jess loves to help clients that are experiencing anxiety and depression, as well as supporting folks in body image work. We all have parts that may feel loud, chaotic, or complex, Jess works to hold space for her client’s to gently explore these areas in a non-judgmental and compassionate way. Whether you’ve experienced trauma or loss, are in the midst of crisis, or a going through a life transition, she believes that there is space to hold all of the complexity, ambiguity, joy, and pain. Often by tending to these places that feel dark or overwhelming, we can bring healing, lessen anxiety, and live life more fully.
Jess utilizes techniques from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness, existential therapy, Health at Every Size perspective, and a social justice/feminist approach. She has worked in a variety of capacities with individuals of all ages, and has experience and/or training in anxiety, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), LGBTQ+ community, social justice/anti-racism counseling, mindfulness, parenting support, and working with individuals on the autism spectrum.
In her private life, Jess enjoys good coffee and a recently developed love for growing indoor houseplants. Her favorite pastimes include reading, mindfulness practices, laughing with friends, and spending time with her partner and their children.
Education and Credentials:
- In process of obtaining Masters degree in Counseling from Lewis & Clark College
- Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from Washington State University
- Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) Training
- Microaggression and Implicit Bias Training