About Counseling at Metta Therapy
Jess Helle-Morrissey, MA, MSW, LGSW, MA
What is Metta?
Metta is a Pali word usually translated as “loving-kindness”. Others describe it as a recognition that we all want to escape suffering and find fulfillment, to be at ease, to have peace, to feel well. It is the basis for empathy, compassion, and shared joy. I believe that no matter what the therapeutic approach, the foundation of all good counseling is this empathy, this loving-kindness.
Almost everyone can benefit from counseling, no matter what concerns or difficulties you're currently dealing with. Reasons you might benefit from counseling include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Life transition and adjustment
- Stress at home, workplace, or in general
- Relationship difficulties with friends, family, or partner
- Dealing with past traumas
- Feelings of depression or sadness
- Existential/Spiritual concerns - meaning-making or searching for a new direction
- Family of origin issues
- Parenting problems
- Grief, bereavement, or loss
- Identity Issues
- Desire for personal growth
- Self-esteem/confidence issues
You may have just one of these issues or concerns, or you may have many. Maybe you just have a general sense that your life could be fuller or richer than it is right now. No matter where you are on your journey, I am here to help.
For the Journey of Motherhood
- Infertility/Fertility struggles
- Preparing emotionally for an upcoming birth
- Processing a difficult or traumatic birth, either on its own or in preparation for an upcoming birth
- Miscarriage or infant loss
- Pregnancy or Postpartum Depression or Anxiety
- Parenting twins or other multiples
- General adjustment to motherhood
It is my honor to serve women anywhere on the journey of motherhood. In addition to my education and training, my experience as a birth and postpartum doula, a childbirth educator, and a mother of preemie twins gives me a unique understanding of some of these issues.
Approach to Counseling
My counseling is informed by body-mind approaches, mindfulness, client-centered therapy, and relational psychodynamic theory. I am trained in clinical social work and counseling psychology, as well as in Hakomi Embodied Mindfulness psychotherapy, and other mindfulness-based modalities. I believe in each individual’s innate capacity for change and growth within the supportive and safe environment of therapy, and in the therapeutic relationship. I truly love what I do and am always honored to be a part of someone's journey of healing or growth.
So within this framework, what might a counseling session look like? Mostly like regular talk therapy, but it might also include time for deep breathing, teaching mindfulness techniques, and checking in with oneself about what is going on in the present moment. Sessions are organic and client-led.
Wherever you are on your path, I am honored to help. I welcome all clients, regardless of life circumstances. My practice is open and affirming to LGBTQIA individuals and families.
- MA in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology, University of Minnesota, 2005
- MSW in Clinical Social Work, St. Catherine University and University of St. Thomas, 2010
- MA in Holistic Health, St. Catherine University, 2014
- Hakomi Embodied Mindfulness Comprephensive Professional Training, 2010
- Certifed Simplicty Parenting Group Leader, 2012
- Lamaze-Certified Childbirth Educator, 2012
- Trained birth and postpartum doula, 2011 & 2013
- Additional continuing education in mindfulness, yoga in therapy, anxiety management tools, perinatal mood disorders, and more