Offers remote video sessions
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Work and career counseling
Stress and anger management
Issues concerning food, body image, and eating disorders
Romantic relationship issues
Family and work relationship issues
Jessica Slavin Connelly is a therapist with offices near Davis Square in Cambridge, MA and in Melrose, MA. As an alumna of the Post-Graduate Behavioral Health Fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Tufts University, she is dedicated to helping local students and professionals navigate life transitions.
Jessica has expertise in anxiety, career satisfaction, stress management, depression, relationship challenges, couples counseling, body image and eating concerns, and family crises. Jessica sees many highly motivated students and professionals in high-stress careers, and provides support around stress and anger management, communication, conflict resolution, and social anxiety. She also works with entrepreneurs, and focuses on building skills to navigate the stresses of pitching, building a team, and managing a business.
Jessica has advanced training in skills-based therapy techniques, including client-centered mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectic behavioral therapy, and mindfulness-based stress reduction. She combines this with insight-oriented theories to help clients reclaim a sense of choice and authorship in their lives, and strives to ensure her clients have a comforting, meaningful, and effective therapeutic experience that gets to the heart of their core concerns. She creates a safe, judgement-free space where clients can be their authentic selves, while also developing concrete strategies to ensure clients make progress towards their therapy goals.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Chronic and situational depression
Work and career counseling – For college students, recent graduates, professionals, and midlife transitions
Stress and anger management – Developing skills to manage stress and anger and their impact on personal and work relationships
Communication and conflict resolution – Building tools to communicate and reflect true intentions and reach more productive resolutions within romantic, family, and work relationships
Issues concerning food, healthy living, diet and eating disorders – Including compulsive eating, body dysmorphic disorder, body image, and self esteem issues
Romantic relationship issues – Finding love, exiting and entering relationships
Couples counseling – Communication skills training, preparation for marriage or life transitions, interfaith counseling, sex and intimacy, conflict resolution and mediation, managing life stress or specific transitional crisis, working through issues of co-dependency, life mapping and goal setting, family planning
Family and work relationship issues – Families, siblings, parent-child, co-workers
Grief and loss – Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing the emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one
Sexuality and sexual questioning – Coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Caregiver support – Navigating complicated emotions related to a loved one's illness and the burden and expectations of caregiving
Families in the midst of crisis – Adjusting to recent separation or divorce, recent illness/death/loss, children/teen crisis, experiencing a recent learning, emotional, or physical diagnosis of a family member
Trauma and abuse – Dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Sleep disorders – Including general insomnia; sleep issues combined with medical and psychiatric complexities
Spiritual questioning – Exploring the role that religion plays in daily life, including the relationship with a higher power, habits, and community; managing conflict and trauma in the context of faith
Men’s issues – Including grappling with questions of masculinity, what it means to be a man, overall psychological health
Adult learning disabilities – Including dyslexia, ADHD, and language processing disorder
Addictions – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
Issues of childhood and adolescence – Learning disorders, ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, speech and language disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger Syndrome, Tourette's and Tic Disorders, separation anxiety, phobias, obsessions and compulsions, trauma, school avoidance, socialization and friendship skills, responding to bullying, self-esteem, self-harming and risk behavior, childhood obesity and healthy lifestyle
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Boston College Student Insurance (BCBS)
Harvard Student Insurance (BCBS)
Lesley University Student Insurance (BCBS)
MIT Student/Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan (BCBS)
Northeastern University Student Insurance (BCBS)
Tufts (not Tufts via Mass Health or Navigator)
Initial session: $150/session
Ongoing sessions: $100/session
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Jessica can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Hi, thanks so much for taking an interest in my practice. It takes great courage and awareness to make the decision to reach out for support. Many of us have times in our lives when we find ourselves held back by the 'silent conversation' that we have with ourselves throughout the day. By understanding the origins of this self talk and how it influences our thoughts, feelings, and actions, it is possible to adapt it to feel a greater sense of empowerment, agency, motivation, and peace in life.
My background includes nearly 20 years in clinical health care, school, and community settings working therapeutically with individuals, couples, and groups on a wide-range of issues causing acute and chronic distress. I look forward to hearing from you to answer any questions you might have."
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2010 - Present
Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates/Harvard Medical School, Postgraduate Behavioral Fellowship, 2007 - 2009
Private Practice, Psychoeducational Learning Specialist, Coach, and Educator, 2001 - Present
Portland State University, MA, Clinical Social Work, 2000
Tufts University, Bachelors, Clinical Psychology and Community Health, 1994