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ABOUT JESS SPRENGLE, LPC

I am passionate about helping children, adolescents, and adults find peace with food, work toward finding a “home” in their bodies, and live lives worth living. Though I specialize in treating eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image concerns, I generally love being a safe place for any highly sensitive individuals in need of guidance, accountability, and – of course – a healthy dose of compassion.

My clients and their families have described me as radically genuine, dynamic, and interactive. I am not a smile-and-nod therapist and I take pride in that. I will roll my sleeves up and get in there with you and we will work toward healing together. Therapy is about more than simply “the solution”; therapy is very much about “the process” – creating and maintaining the therapeutic relationship, reworking your relationship with yourself, recognizing patterns, shifting responses, and working toward continuing to grow even outside of therapy. What I will provide to every client is the gift of authentic, unabashed therapy, with each of us doing our part. I promise you that there will be moments of laughter and irreverence along the way, even in the midst of vulnerability and distress. It can be exhausting, but it will be rewarding!

My therapeutic style is integrative and individual-focused, with special attention given to each client’s unique personality, strengths, and psychological presentation. I believe that working collaboratively with families, other mental health and health professionals, and other systems relevant to the client’s life is a crucial piece of therapeutic success. Mental health issues, especially eating disorders, do not exist in a vacuum and cannot be treated in one. It’s essential for all of us to be on the same page to ensure the best possible outcome for you/your child.

Eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image concerns are my specialty areas, but these issues often do not exist independently and tend to “mask” other mental health concerns, such as anxiety, depression, substance use, and interpersonal issues. Therefore, though I usually treat individuals who have EDs as their primary diagnoses, they typically do not remain primary diagnoses and goals and struggles will shift considerably over time.

Areas of Specialty:

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  • Eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, ARFID, OSFED)

  • Disordered eating

  • Body image concerns/body dysmorphic disorder

  • Healing from dieting/the diet cycle/emotional eating

  • LGBTQI+ individuals w/ EDs

  • Sexual, physical, and/or emotional trauma

  • Anxiety

  • Mood disorders

  • Substance use

  • Life transitions

  • Interpersonal difficulties, especially family challenges

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Therapies used/drawn from:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – primarily skill work

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy-enhanced (for EDs)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Intuitive eating & Health At Every Size (HAES)-informed

  • Emotion-focused therapy

  • Exposure therapy (e.g., eating in session, supermarket visit)

  • Feminist & culturally sensitive therapies

  • Family systems therapy

  • Expressive therapies

  • Mindfulness meditation and mindfulness techniques

  • Compassion-focused therapy

Professional Background

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I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in both Texas and New Jersey. I received a Master’s degree from Rowan University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree from Wagner College in Psychology. Before I moved to Austin in September 2017, I spent several years as a therapist at a private practice specializing in the care and treatment of eating disorders. There, I maintained a full and thriving practice and helped many children, adolescents, young adults, and families heal from eating disorders. I facilitated support groups for both clients and loved ones. In addition to my work with eating disorders, I also have experience working in crisis, college counseling, and educational settings. I have also completed research about sexual assault, revictimization, and negative coping styles in college women, which was published in 2017. I have received training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for a variety of presentations and populations and CBT-Enhanced (for eating disorders).

Finally, I have provided training about eating disorders to other mental health, health, and education professionals, as well as providing educational presentations to middle school and high school students. I will be continuing this practice in Austin, so if you are interested in having me provide training and/or presentations, please contact me through here or e-mail me at JLSprengleLPC@gmail.com.