Jessica is a doctoral student in McGill University’s Clinical Psychology program and an intern therapist at Connecte Montreal Psychology Group. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Université de Montréal.
Her doctoral research examines how mindfulness-based approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can be applied in the treatment of disinhibited forms of eating behaviour like binge eating and emotional eating. She also explores how ACT-based techniques can help individuals cope with pervasive body image concerns, develop a more positive body-image, and find intrinsic motivation for (and enjoyment in) movement and physical activities.
As part of her doctoral program, Jessica has received clinical training at the McGill Centre for Clinical Psychology, the Anxiety Program at the McGill University Health Centre and the Montreal Children’s Hospital. She has received training in providing therapy for individuals experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, disordered eating, as well as difficulties with emotion regulation. She has gained experience using methods from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). Through her clinical training, she hopes to learn to integrate methods from various therapeutic traditions and to effectively tailor her approach to her clients’ needs and preferences.
Outside of work, she enjoys reading, gardening, practising yoga and other mindful movement activities, as well as spending time with her dog, family, and friends.