Jess Minckley, Graduate Student

Private Pay/Reduced Rate Only
Telemental Health Only

Jess Minckley (they/them or she/her) is an art therapy & counseling intern with Canton Counseling. Jess is completing their internship for a Master’s in Applied Psychology at Antioch University, concentrating on both Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy. In addition, Jess did their practicum at the Center for Chronic Illness, Seattle, working with people with chronic conditions, including mental health disorders and visible & invisible disabilities.

I come from a theoretical orientation called Adlerian Psychology and enjoy working with art-based, somatic, and spiritual ways of knowing, including mindfulness. If you are working on liberation from addictive behavior(s), managing trauma responses, healing from codependence, working through relationship or identity issues or problems arising from having a chronic illness and/or disability, you may find the atmosphere of creating safety, slowing down, and non-judgmental embodiment can foster a sense of belonging, both to oneself, and later to the community. This sense of belonging can sometimes be the missing ingredient in our lives that can ground us and make us feel whole.

I enjoy working with teens and adults who may be members of the LGBTQIA+ community, folx in relationships described as consensual non-monogamy, doing gender & sexual identity exploration. I am sex-positive, body-positive, anti-racist, and anti-oppression. Additionally, I have experience working with d/Disabled/chronically ill/Spoonies and creating a “consent culture.” But, you needn’t belong to any of the above communities to work with me. I employ humor regularly (therapy doesn’t have to be stoic, it can even be fun!). I believe therapy is collaborative, and you are in the driver’s seat. You are the world’s utmost expert on you, after all.

I myself am a disabled, gender agnostic, pansexual/demisexual, secular Buddhist artist who loves all the dogs and snacks. Before becoming an art therapist, I was an art teacher for many years. I am now a college professor at the Savannah College of Art & Design, as well as being a clinical intern. I look forward to working with you!

Theoretical Orientation: Adlerian Psychology, Art Therapy, Mindfulness

What do all those initials mean following each therapist’s name?

ACC - Associate Certified Coach

ACS - Approved Clinical Supervisor

CAP - Certified Addictions Professional

CMHC - Clinical Mental Health Counselor

CRC - Certified Rehabilitation Counselor

Ed.D. - Doctor of Education

Ed.S. - Education Specialist

LAPC - Licensed Associate Professional Counselor

LMSW - Licensed Master Social Worker

LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor

M.Ed. - Master of Education

MAC - Master Addictions Counselor

MS - Master of Science

MSW - Master of Social Work

NCC - National Certified Counselor

Ph.D. - Doctorate Degree

As your therapists, what are Canton Counseling’s goals for you?

Our goal is to provide a safe place to work through whatever is standing in the way of you being the best person you can be. We believe that while our clients are working hard, we are there to be people that challenges them to dig deeper and a cheerleader to give them the encouragement to continue to move forward.

The law protects the privacy of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. In most situations, we can only release information about your treatment to others if you sign a written authorization form that meets certain legal requirements imposed by HIPAA.

There are some situations in which we are legally obligated to take actions and may have to reveal some information about your treatment. These situations are most unusual in our practice. However, we are required to report any evidence of child abuse, strong suspicions of child abuse and/or neglect. We are also mandated to report abuse of handicapped or elderly persons. If we determine that a client presents a serious danger of violence to another, we may be required to take protective actions. These actions may include notifying the potential victim, and/or contacting the police, and/or seeking hospitalization for the client. Finally, if in our judgment, we feel any person is a serious and immediate risk of harming him/herself, we will break confidentiality to ensure the safety of our client. We will notify other family members or the police in order to maintain safety.

If such a situation arises, we will make every effort to fully discuss it with you before taking any action and we will limit our disclosure to what is necessary.

While this written summary of exceptions to confidentiality should prove helpful in informing you about potential problems, it is important that we discuss any questions or concerns that you may have now or in the future. The laws governing confidentiality can be quite complex, and since we are not attorneys, we are not at liberty to give legal advice. In situations where specific advice is required, formal legal advice may be needed.

Please note when we work with kids and adolescents, parents have the right to any and all information regarding their child. Because the presence of trust is important in the therapeutic relationship between your child and the therapist, it is generally best that we do not share specifics of individual sessions with you. However, you have the right and responsibility to question and understand the nature of your child’s treatment and the progress being made. If your child is able to understand the issues of confidentiality, we will discuss with him/her the type of information that will be shared with you. If you have any objections to the manner in which information is shared with you regarding you child, we will need to address and resolve those concerns before therapy begins.

If you will be utilizing your insurance benefits for mental health coverage please review our Payment page for a list of in-network insurance companies and mental health professionals that may be specific to an insurance company.