Jessica Heckwolf, LCMFT, LCPAT

Jessica is a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist (LCMFT) and board certified, licensed clinical professional art therapist (LCPAT). She earned a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with Specialization in Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University, graduating with honors. Prior to her graduate training, Jessica studied fine arts at Towson University.

Jessica has 15 years’ experience working with adults, families, children, and adolescents in inpatient, community, residential, day treatment, and school settings in Los Angeles, Baltimore, and Boston. Her clinical work includes ten years experience with The Sheppard Pratt Health System, where she was an art therapist for both the Retreat and Children’s Inpatient programs. In addition, Jessica has taught art therapy courses and workshops in university, hospital and professional conference settings.  Her work on coordinating art therapy and DBT has been published in The Arts in Psychotherapy.   

Prior to joining the Argo team, Jessica led the development of an Expressive Therapy Program at Franciscan Children’s in Boston. 

Approach

Jessica’s treatment foundation is rooted in family systems and psychodynamic theory. Additionally, she utilizes skill training based in dialectical behavioral therapy to foster lasting change towards healthy living and relationships. Central to Jessica’s psychotherapy approach is use of art making as an agent for insight and catalyst for change. 

Fun Fact

In addition to art and therapy, Jessica loves whale watching. Her favorite sightings are of the Humpback whale, North Atlantic Right whale, and Fin whale. Close whale encounters were common during Jessica’s five years living in coastal Massachusetts, both from land and by boat.