Jessica Oppenheimer, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who received her graduate degree from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. Jessica graduated with her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. Jessica joined Hartstein Psychological Services in 2017.
Jessica has an extensive background in working with adolescents, young adults and families and is intensively trained in DBT. Additionally, she is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Functional Family Therapy (FFT).
Prior to working at Hartstein Psychological Services, Jessica was the Supervisor of the Trauma Program at the New York Foundling’s Article 31 Mental Health Clinic. While there she treated youth, adolescents and adults with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related diagnoses. Prior to this position, Jessica was a family therapist for one of The Foundling’s.
Jessica has additional experience providing therapy to adults struggling with substance abuse and addiction, as a Social Work Intern at the Brooklyn Treatment Court.
Jessica is a passionate and dedicated clinician whose mission is to empower, instill hope and help others recognize that change is possible.
1. Why did you choose to become a therapist?
It honestly felt natural. I have always been a people person and a caretaker (so I’ve been told). As I got older and this began to apply in more formal settings, I began to experience success and gratification from these encounters. Becoming a therapist just fit.
2. What’s your favorite thing about being a therapist?
Being a part of someone’s change process. As many of my clients know, I love to reflect on “where you started vs. where you are now,” even if it’s just to highlight a very small shift or improvement. The change process is challenging and can be scary. Supporting and guiding someone through that and helping them to see the outcome of their efforts, is the best part of the job for me.
3. What is your general philosophy and approach to helping?
To have hope and stay curious. This was instilled in me by my very first supervisor as a social work intern.
4. If you weren’t a therapist, what would you be doing instead, or what would your life be like?
Hmm, this is a tough one. Probably working in HR or some other related field where my role would be to support others.
5. What do you do as self-care? (Mindfulness practices, exercise, etc.)
Spend time with friends, enjoy good food, and treat myself to the occasional massage.
6. What’s your favorite quote or mantra?
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” —Gandhi
7. What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
Practice the DBT radical acceptance skill! It can be the most difficult AND the most helpful skill throughout life.
8. If you could invite three famous people to dinner, alive or dead, who would they be?
RBG, Adam Sandler, and Michelle Obama
9. What’s something you are most proud of?
My relationships with family and friends.
10. What do you wish other people knew about mental health?
It’s ok to not be ok.