Jessie E. Harpel-Fickes, MS, LPC, NCC


“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” -Viktor Frankl

Jessie E. Harpel-Fickes grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and had an early fascination about people’s patterns of thinking, feeling, behaving, and relating and how those patterns come to be. This fascination prompted Jessie to pursue an academic understanding of psychological processes, as well as to seek life opportunities to expand her experiential comprehension and vicarious learning. Ultimately, the desire to truly understand another person-or another family or another culture-and to use that understanding to be a positive impact in the world, lead her to the counseling profession.

Jessie views psychotherapy as a collaborative process between client and clinician that is built on trust, honesty, and authenticity. From a strengths-based perspective, she uses eclectic theories and counseling interventions to help people achieve personal success, understanding, and growth. Jessie has worked doing in-home therapy and outpatient therapy with individuals throughout the lifespan, and particularly enjoys working with children and adolescents. She enjoys dream work in therapy, creative approaches such as sandtray, and is well versed in traditional talk therapy. Jessie specializes in the treatment of attachment-related disorders, behavioral disorders of childhood, mood disorders, anxiety disorder, identity concerns, and complicated grief. Jessie holds a level one certification in Rational Living Therapy and is currently working on her certification in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. She also has experience facilitating group psychotherapy for children dealing with grief and loss as well as young adults with addictions.

Outside of the office, Jessie enjoys running and being active outdoors, spending time with family and friends, visiting local shops and eateries, escaping into the world of literature, volunteering, and attempting to play the guitar.

•  BA in Psychology from Dickinson College, 2007
•  Study Abroad, University of Queensland, Australia, 2005
•  Participant in Habitat for Humanity Global Village Program, India, 2005
•  MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Shippensburg University, 2012
•  National Certified Counselor, 2012
•  Licensed Professional Counselor, PA, 2014