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Jessica Mays, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor MS #2205

Areas of Interest

Child Therapy



Substance Abuse/Addiction

Crisis Counseling

Family Therapy



M.A Counseling

Harding School of Theology

Marriage and Family Therapy


B.A Biology

University of Mississippi

Major: Biology  Minor: Psychology

Professional Positions



Grace Counseling and Consulting, LLC

Provide individual therapy and supervised visitation to client referred to private practice.  Prepares individualized treatment plans that include client goals, recommendations, and interventions. Maintains client records ensuring all information is up-to-date and accurate. Maintain all financial records.


Mental Health Therapist-PRN

Parkwood Behavior Health System

Conduct individual, family and group therapy sessions with children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with a variety of disorders including Adjustment Disorders, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Dysthmic Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Cognitive Disorders and Borderline Personality Disorder, etc. Develop and write treatment plans, process notes, and diagnostic summaries. Utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapeutic Approach. 

Dec 2014Feb 2017

Mental Health Therapist

Healing Hearts Child Advocacy Center

Provide individual therapy to children that have experienced abuse (physical, sexual, neglect, etc.) Prepares individualized treatment plans that include client goals, recommendations, and interventions. Maintains client records ensuring all information is up-to-date and accurate. Provides victim advocacy to families that need assistance(medical referrals, victim's compensation, therapy referrals, etc.) Participates as member of Desoto County Multi-Disciplinary Team.

Dec 2013Apr 2015

Intake Specialist

Delta Medical Center Hospital

Integrated interactions with patients, the patient's significant others, referral sources and the appropriate health care providers. Collected, documented and analyzed data regarding the patient's physical and psycho social needs with a specific emphasis on determining the need for inpatient or outpatient levels of care in the continuum. Recorded patient information in a thorough, objective, accurate and concise manner for incoming calls, patient assessments, and admission paperwork. Maintained effective communication with all hospital departments and personnel. Communicated effectively with physicians regarding patients' physical and mental condition.

Aug 2014Dec 2014

Clinical Therapist Intern

The Exchange Club Family Center

Conducted individual counseling sessions with clients in accordance with treatment plan, or as necessary for crises intervention. Provided clients with feedback, support or encouragement to address behaviors and attitudes, or family, social or personal problems. Prepared individualized treatment plans, in accordance with established standards and deadlines, consistent with assessment and in conjunction with clients and supervisor, to include goals, intervention, necessary support or referral service. Documented clients' progress and responses to treatment. Maintained client records; ensuring records are complete, accurate, and up to date. Co-Facilitated Children Domestic Violence group for ages 4-6. Conducted interviews for the Domestic Violence Assessment Center and generated reports to be sent to the Shelby County Court, respective lawyers, probation offices, etc. 

May 2014Aug 2014

Therapist Intern

La Paloma Treatment Center

Performed individual, group, and family therapy by engaging Dual Diagnosis individuals in treatment using a variety of psycho therapeutic techniques including supportive, behavioral, group and insight-oriented therapies. Documented clients' progress and responses to treatment. Maintained client records; ensuring records are complete, accurate, and up to date. Prepared and facilitated group counseling sessions, educational programs, and lectures to assist clients in meeting therapeutic goals.

Nov 2012Dec 2013

Crisis Specialist

Region IV Mental Health Services

Provided psychiatric emergency services including crisis assessment, intervention, outreach and screening for commitment to promote the safety of the client in crisis Provided information about referral services appropriate for patient's presenting symptoms. Facilitated a resolution of the crisis within the least restrictive environment possible.

May 2012Nov 2012

Clubhouse Assistant

Region IV Mental Health Services

Established therapeutic relationship with clients and assisted in daily activities at facility. Assisted clients in recreational activities. Provided a safe and supportive environment for clients. Assisted and encouraged clients to live independently.

Mar 2012Oct 2012

Crisis Counselor/Mental Health Technician

Southeast Mental Health Center

Assisted in patient intake and admission. Established a therapeutic relationship with assigned patients and helped patients with daily living. Monitored patients during time at facility. 

Aug 2010Aug 2011

Americorps Intern

The Exchange Club Family Center

Committed one year of continuous service to the“ Getting Things Done” team. Assisted Domestic Violence Assessment Counselors gather intake information. Participated as a Parent Aid (taught parents how to cope with life by teaching life skills, parenting class facilitator, visiting the homes and administering the Casey Life Skills Measurement evaluation). Co-facilitated weekly Comprehensive Anger Management Program(CAMP) classes for ages 8-13 and Metamorphoses adult parenting classes. Participated as a CASA Volunteer (Assisted children that are experiencing divorce, custody battles, and neglect cases). Lead the recruitment team and assisted program director with maintenance of applicant database.

Aug 2007Aug 2010

Student Worker

University of Mississippi Athletic Department, University MS

 Performed yearly inventory evaluations for 10 departments and prepared accountability reports for department executives. Assistant Coordinator of UMAA Foundation ADA. Managed parking staff consisting of 20 people. Organized and filed employee information, as well as, assist in maintenance of applicant files.

Additional Projects

National Children's Alliance  Evidence Based Assessment Train-The-Trainer Project

Evidenced Based Assessment Trainer for the National Children's Alliance

July 2017-Present

Additional Training

July 2017

National Children's Alliance Evidenced Based Assessment Project in Edison, NJ


June 2017

National Children's Alliance Evidenced Based Assessment Project in Sioux City, IA


June 2017

National Children's Alliance Evidenced Based Assessment Project in Denver, Co


March 2017

Supervised Visitation Network

24 Hour Certificate Training

December 2016

Introduction to Child Sex Trafficking Training

Oxford, Ms

November 2016

National Children's Alliance Evidenced Based Assessment Project


October 2016

Trauma-Focus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training presented by Southern Regional Children's Advocacy Center

July 2016

The Complexity of Trauma Adaptations: Exploration, Reconstruction, Transformation, and Restoration

Memphis, Tn

Psychological Trauma: Invisible Wounds/Visible Scars

Emotional Attunement: A Systematic Approach to Post-Trauma Intimacy

Spiritual Matters & Traumatized Individuals: From Exploration to Restoration and Transformation

From Missteps to Opportunity: Transforming Lapse and Relapse Through Behavior Chain and Solution Analysis

Finding A Voice: Establishing Resiliency in Transgender Survivors of Trauma

Eating Disorders in Response to Trauma: Interventions for Healing

April 2016

32nd International Symposium on Child Abuse                                    

Huntsville, AL

The Community Advantage: Building Strong Communities of Support and Product

Advice for Professionals: What We Know and What Do We Do with Adolescents Who Sexually Abuse

Can Eminem Heal the Children? Using Popular Music Therapeutically with Victims of Abuse    

Interviewing the Sextortion Victim          

Forensic Interview Mistakes and Moving Forward             

Play Based Interventions for Treating Sexually Abused Children  

Getting On Vs. In and Other Details in Forensic Interviews            

What Dr. Seuss Knows About Doing THIS Job! Wellness/Survival and the Multidisciplinary Team Approach             

What Does Neurobiology and Epigenetics Have to Do with Trauma?         

Case Study: Alanna Gallagher Kidnapping, Sexual Assault and Murder, and the Use of Major Crimes Investigations

Interviewing for Human Trafficking Victims          

The Correlation Between Animal Abuse, Domestic Violence, And Child Abuse


April 2016

3rd Annual One Loud Voice Conference  

Biloxi, MS                                                                                                           

What the Multidisciplinary Team Needs to Know About the Forensic Interview

An Awesome Opportunity: A National Plan to End Child Abuse

Stop “Checking the Box”:

Responding with Excellence to Juveniles Who Commit Sexual Offenses

Communicating with Children with Disabilities

The Frontline Worker: Child Abuse and Injury Investigation & Reconstruction

Understanding Mississippi Courts: A Panel Discussion

Working with Difficult Cases in the Field of Child Abuse

Ethical Considerations in Child Abuse Cases

February 2016


Olive Branch Middle School Career Fair

January 2016

EMDR Weekend 2 Training

Memphis, TN

October 2015

Protecting Our Children: A New Approach "Advice From Child Molesters"

Community Education and Crime Prevention Project

Southaven, MS

August 2015

27th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference

Dallas, TX

August 2015

EMDR Weekend 1 Training

Memphis, TN 

May 2015

MDT Vacarious Trauma Training

Southaven, MS

April 2015


Olive Branch Middle School Career Fair

April 2015

MEC Training and TA Program: Interviewing At-Risk Youth webinar

April 2015

2nd Annual One Loud Voice Conference                                                                                 

Bioloxi, MS

A Multidisciplinary Team Approach to Responding to Child Abuse

Online Threats: Learning the Technology So We Can Protect Children

Typology of Sex Offenders

Detecting Deception

I 'Think This Kid Needs Therapy: What Is the Best Option?

Human Trafficking 101

Medical Aspects of Child Sexual Abuse and Human Trafficking State Initiatives Panel Discussion

Secondary Trauma

March 2015

Self-Harm Presentation at Byhalia Middle School for grades 6-8th

March 2015

Mental Health Assessment Project Training Facilitated by National Children's Alliance

Jackson, MS

March 2015

31st International Symposium on Child Abuse                                                                          

Huntsville, AL

Spouses and Partners of the Perpetrators of Sexual Crimes against Children

Finding Trace: Fusing the Forensic Interview with Forensic Evidence

Exploring Alternative Explanations during the Child Forensic Interview

Interviewing Children about

Repeated Events

Interviewing Preschoolers

“Daddy Was Jumping on Mommy!” Forensic Interviews with Children Who Have Witnessed Domestic Violence

Disclosure Failures and What to Do About Them

What Happened? Interviewing Children Who Have Witnessed Violent Crime

February 2015

ChildFirst Mississippi  Interviewing Children and Preparing for Court

Jackson, MS

December 2014

TF-CBT Online Training

Forensic Interview Peer Review

April 16, 2015

June 4, 2015

October 15, 2015

December 17, 2015

May 5, 2016

August 26, 2016