About Jessica A Carlson, MA, NCC, LMHC

My name is Jessica Carlson, and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Nationally Board Certified Counselor, specializing in individual and family therapy, with a private practice in Winter Springs, FL.

With over 14 years experience as a psychotherapist, and as a graduate of The University of Michigan and Oakland University specializing in Sociology and Counseling, I am currently serving as a private practitioner working with children, teens, and adults. I have a few areas of expertise, and among them are treating traumatic grief, anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and emotional challenges associated with living with chronic pain.

In addition to being a prominent child and individual therapist, I have presented at local conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of Grief and Loss, Trauma in Children, Play therapy tools and EMDR with Children, Starting and Maintaining a Successful Private Practice, and Stress Management without Stressing Out.

I make it a point to be an interactive, solution-focused therapist, and my therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I also integrate complementary methodologies and techniques (such as EMDR and EFT) to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their own strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.


Oakland University
Masters of Arts in Counseling

University of Michigan
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Licenses, Certifications, & Awards 

National Certified Counselor

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (FL)

Board Approved Intern Supervisor (FL)

Certified Crisis Responder

Certified Bereavement Facilitator

Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (MI - not current)

EMDR therapist

Additional Training and Experience 

April 2009
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Training, Orlando, FL

March 2004
Crisis Responder, National Organization of Victim Assistance 

May 2002
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training, EMDR Institute

March 1999
Bereavement Facilitator training, American Academy of Bereavement

June 1997
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing training, Oakland County (MI) Crisis Response Office

Other specialities and experience

  • Specialize in recovery from traumas, especially related to grief and loss and abuse, anxiety and mood disorders, child issues, and career counseling
  • Experience counseling a variety of individuals (children and adults) and groups
  • Deliver informational presentations about counseling-related topics to professional groups and the general public
  • Supervise counselor graduate students and Registered Mental Health Counselor Interns
  • Counseled in private practice, agencies and foundations, and education settings
  • Facilitated monthly grief support groups for local funeral homes
  • Developed and facilitated a couples group through a grant from the Southfield (MI) Police to reduce and prevent domestic violence
  • Participated on a team of professionals to develop an after school program for at-risk youth and helped to run the programming for the middle school students