Jess(ica) Hudgens

Jess is a queer, neurodivergent therapist who has held diverse job roles as a personal care aid, associate vice president of a machine shop, juvenile justice counselor, eating disorders specialist counselor, and social media manager.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (SC), Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (NC), and Nationally Certified Counselor. While working on her master’s degree, she simultaneously completed graduate certificates in Expressive Arts Therapy and Systemic Multicultural Counseling.  Jess is passionate about justice and equity issues and doesn’t shy away from conversations about race, dis/ability, sexuality, religion, or other facets of identity.

Jess uses her own lived experience of mental health struggles to bring empathy and perspective to her work as a clinical counselor and outreach coordinator at a university. She loves utilizing art as a therapeutic modality because of its ability to both expose and contain human pain and messiness.  At the university, Jess sees primarily students who are neurodivergent (especially autistic & ADHD), struggling with eating and body image issues, or dealing with self-harm and suicidal ideation.