Jessica Samperio, LCSW, MPH, PEL, CCTP
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Hello! My name is Jessica but you can call me Jesse. I am a Queer, Bilingual Licensed Clinical Therapist with experience working with adults and children in diverse settings. My passion is advocating to make mental health services accessible, especially for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured. I have experience providing therapy to underserved and marginalized communities of color that experience/d symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, and depression as a result of severe violence and trauma, including victims of rape, sex trafficking, exposure to a violent death, loss of a loved one due to violence, racial trauma, and family separation as a result of deportation or imprisonment. My theoretical perspective is client-centered, trauma-informed, Humanistic-- all based on an empowerment model where the engagement is not affected by perceived power imbalance between therapist and client, but rather establish an authentic relationship where two vulnerable people can grow and heal together.
Jessica is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Community Clinical Therapist (CCT) at Saint Anthony Hospital Community Wellness Program where she provides individual therapy services from a trauma-informed framework to survivors of violence. Jessica's therapeutic approach is strengths-based, holistic, and client-centered. Jessica works in collaboration with Back of the Yards Schools to implement and deliver mental health services within schools. Jessica has experience with school-based interventions including Functional Behavioral Analysis, Behavioral intervention Plans, Multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS), and has implemented the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) curriculum with children and adolescents. Jessica is also experienced with conducting student evaluations to determine eligibility for Special Education Services supported by Federal Educational Laws such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Jessica is a passionate advocate for student rights and works in collaboration with schools to enhance and promote accessibility to free and appropriate public education that meet the needs of every student.
As a therapist, Jessica utilizes Humanistic and Mindfulness-based therapeutic models to help alleviate clients’ trauma-related distress and improve their daily functioning. In therapy, Jessica practices transparency and empathy as a way to promote equality, awareness and empowerment. As a bilingual social worker, Jessica recognizes the challenges of acculturation processes and she is committed to promote services based in cultural humility. Jessica works collaboratively with clients on their goals and treatment options, always taking into consideration their personal background, unique experiences, priorities and values. Jessica is guided by a holistic approach that focuses on client's needs, potential, and motivation. Her goal is to collaborate with clients to discover the optimal path that promotes emotional healing.
Jessica is 60-hour certified in sexual assault crisis intervention (2015) in the state of Illinois and 40-hour Domestic Violence Certified (April 2021). Jessica also received her PEL School Social Work Endorsement from the University of Chicago to implement and monitor mental health service delivery in schools. Jessica continues to develop professionally and was accepted to a Fellowship program (Fall of 2022) at the University of Chicago to receive intensive training under the supervision of Doctor Paul Holmes, PsyD.
Specialties & Clinical Interests
- Anger Issues
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Developmental & Intellectual Disorders
- Gender Identity
- Race-Based Traumatic Stress (RBTS)
- Sexual Abuse
- Sexual Identity
- Stress/Stress Management
- Trauma & Ptsd
- Women's Issues
- Client-Centered Therapy
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Somatic Therapy
- Trauma-Informed Therapy
- Hispanic Or Latino
- People With Disabilities
- Single Parents
- Trauma Survivors