Meet Jessie Davis, Outpatient Therapist
Helping children learn how to build healthy relationships and develop positive coping and communication skills are the goals of Brook Lane’s THRIVE program. Our THRIVE program in Frederick is managed by Jessie Davis, licensed certified social worker-clinical (LCSW-C). She works within an autism-friendly environment that incorporates art, music, and play, in individual, family and group activities to help identify and build upon the strengths of each client. Currently, Jessie is working with clients ages 4 – 21 and their families. She develops group lessons designed to target the development of social skills, empathy, emotional regulation, coping strategies, expression communication, emotional literacy, mindfulness, behavior regulation, impulse control, anxiety reduction, and anger management. She provides weekly family-focused therapy to individuals, families and groups.
Jessie’s interest in working with children started at a young age. As the oldest of four, she was always surrounded by children and was drawn to helping them feel welcomed, encouraged and successful. It was a high school psychology course that ultimately inspired her to become a therapist. “Through my study of psychology, I started to realize the incredible impact our mindsets, thoughts, feelings, memories, and beliefs have on the quality of our experiences and relationships throughout life,” she says. She knew that as a therapist she would be able to share hope and encouragement, explore strengths, and help clients develop skills that will allow them to engage life’s opportunities, relationships, and experiences, in more fulfilling ways.
Prior to working for Brook Lane, Jessie interned with San Mar’s Treatment Foster Care program and also with a girl’s juvenile group home. She completed an internship with Brook Lane and upon graduation in 2014 she accepted a full-time position as an outpatient therapist, eventually joining the THRIVE team along with Jenny McFarland, Heather Moats, Shannon Bell, Sandy Tedrick and members of the speech and occupational therapist services from Meritus. She enjoys the opportunity to work as a team and also to collaborate with other community-based providers in Frederick such as Potomac Case Management, Family Preservation, and Achieving True Self to ensure clients receive holistic care.
Education is an important part of Jessie’s career path. She recently completed coursework through Penn State for Applied Behavioral Analysis and hopes to be completing a Child and Adolescent Trauma certification later this year. She enjoys time spent with family. While she admits she’s 100% biased, she has the best niece and nephew in the world. Her siblings are close and she describes them as generous, funny and successful. Her parents still live in the same house where she grew up.
Jessie loves to travel and most recently took a trip to England, with a detour in Paris. She enjoys reading and can draw well enough to impress young children. She also can wiggle her ears.