“What I love most about being a therapist is the privilege of being right alongside my patients as they make fundamental realisations, break cycles and have the courage to become who they were created to be.”
Jess has worked for many years in the mental health arena, both in South Africa and Scotland, with a specific focus on addiction. In 2015 she completed her training as an EMDR therapist. Jess also has a special interest in sensory modulation. In 2017 she became a sensory intelligence practitioner, allowing her to help patients understand their unique sensory systems and use this knowledge to optimise their function in day to day life.
Jess graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 2005 from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. In 2011 she obtained her masters degree in occupational therapy in psychiatry. Her thesis was about the role that occupational therapy plays in the treatment of addiction. In researching for her masters degree, she became interested in the intersection between OT and coaching and contributed a chapter to the book “Enabling positive change, coaching conversations in occupational therapy,” published by Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. The chapter was based on a group coaching program she had created called “Living Life Well.”
When she is not at Castle Craig, Jess runs an online program for moms called Mastermind your Motherhood.