JESS MARY GRAHAM

DBT Facilitator – TEENS STEP-UPP

Jess was born and raised in Cape Town. Attending Kirstenhof Primary School, and then completing high school at Springfield in 2015. She had also trained under Kimura Shukokai Karate for 10 years, achieving bronze medal on the world stage and received her Black Belt. After a gap year of personal development, she decided to attend The South African College of Applied Psychology and attained a Bachelor of Applied Social Science, majoring in Counselling Psychology. She completed this degree with distinctions in her Work Integrated Learning modules.

Jess approaches counselling with an eclectic and holistic veiw of human nature and growth, with the idea that each person and system is inherently capable of change/healing- requiring the space and unconditional acceptance to discover the best inside them. She incorporates ideology from Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy, DBT, and Eastern philosophies & healing.

She has specific interests in working with tweens and teenagers dealing with: emotional dysregulation, risky behaviour, distress intolerance, gender identity, and sexuality.
Jess’ interests and hobbies include: Spending time with animals, nature walks, meditation, skating, hiking, music, and Taoism.
Bachelor of Applied Social Science, Major in Counselling & Psychology