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Tropical Leaves
Jessica Rituzel-Schmidt, CWSA, MSW, PhD

Therapist

Available to meet in person with ages 3+. School-based at Lewis and Clark Montessori Charter School. 

About Jessica

I have had the privilege of being a social worker for over 20 years, with a focus on working with children and families, particularly those with trauma, foster care and/or adoption experiences. I have a Master’s in Social Work as well as PhD in Social Work and Social Research.  

I am LGBTQ+ knowledgeable and affirming in my practice and bring a social justice and racial equity lens to my work.

In my work with children I use expressive modalities in play therapy, including creative play, movement, music, and books, to meet children where they are. Play is a powerful communication tool for children to express their world and feelings as well as a way to learn new skills.

I believe children do well when they can and should be encouraged to take an active role in defining how they hope to grow and what strategies are most useful to them in their therapeutic process. Additionally, I believe children do best when parents and caregivers also engage in the therapeutic process to deepen their connection with their child as well as to increase opportunities for their child to do well at home, at school and in their communities.

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