ABOUT DR. JESSICA HOIDA
Jessica’s approach is client-centered, and she believes that our psychological well-being and ability to make meaningful change in our lives starts with a foundation of trusting, authentic relationships. Coming from a school psychology background, Jessica has spent her career working with children and teenagers with mental health needs and disabilities, in partnership with their families. She has an enduring passion for supporting child and family resilience and courage while helping to address challenging behaviors and create new patterns of interaction.
Jessica’s experience includes working with children with disruptive behavior disorders; neurodevelopmental disorders like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, and developmental cognitive disabilities; and anxiety and mood concerns. She enjoys helping parents and other important adults in a child’s life better understand their child’s development, strengthen the parent-child relationship, practice helpful parenting strategies, and improve their child’s behavior. Jessica also has extensive experience serving young children, ages 2 to 7, and their families in home-based and preschool programming and completing early childhood and school-aged evaluations.
Jessica draws on her training in evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), behavior management training, family systems therapy, and play therapy. She brings compassion and creativity to her work with children, teenagers, and adults; and establishes a relaxed and inclusive space to foster client awareness, growth, and joy. Jessica also has interests in neuroscience and neurobiology as they relate to human behavior. She continues to seek out additional learning related to trauma-informed care, cultural responsiveness and antiracism, and gender identity development. At this time, Jessica is offering in person and telehealth (audiovisual) therapy sessions.
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Anxiety Disorders, including generalized anxiety and social anxiety
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Autism spectrum disorders
Behavior management training & parent coaching
Disruptive behavioral disorders
Young children/early childhood
2009 - B.A. in Program of Liberal Studies & Spanish at University of Notre Dame
1997 - M.S. in Special Education at University of Wisconsin-Madison
2007 - Ph.D. in School Psychology at Indiana University-Bloomington
Minor in Counseling Psychology
Clinical Internship at Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District, Houston, Texas
Jessica is pre-licensed and currently working under the license of her supervisor, Dr. Natasha Parekh.