Jessica Ontko, LMSW
Licensed Master Social Worker
Jessica completed her master’s degree following the clinical track for Social Work at Cleveland State University and graduated with honors. She has 12 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples across a variety of settings including open residential and secure treatment facilities, crisis intervention, day treatment, partial hospitalization settings, a group home for teenagers with developmental delays, school based counseling, large nonprofits, and community based core services. Prior to becoming a therapist, Jessica worked in law enforcement. As a result, she has a broad range of clinical experiences working with individuals and groups across the life span.
Jessica’s approach starts from a place of strength, possibility, and openness. Services can include individual, couples, family and group therapy. Jessica is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Crisis Intervention. She continues to seek ongoing updates to her skills and knowledge base and is currently in the process of completing a Doctorate degree. Jessica is invested in promoting a more integrative, dynamic, and holistic approach to mental health. Her child clinical specialties include: Depression and Bipolar Disorder; Anxiety Disorders; Self-Harm Behavior; Anger and Stress Management; Trauma and Abuse; Family and Relationship Issues; and ADHD/ Executive Functioning Disorders. Adult clinical services include Chronic Pain and Chronic Illness; Couple’s Counseling; Addictive Behaviors and Substance use issues; Parent/Child or Partner Relational Problems; and Dating Violence/Abuse.
Jessica is also a part of the Executive Functioning Skills Training Team at Healthy Minds. Healthy Minds. She is passionate about providing proper coaching and tools for those struggling with executive functioning disorders that impact working memory, flexible thinking, and self-control. Jessica subscribes to the theory that when people know better, they can do better!