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My name is Jessica W Bonds and I am a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience. I earned my BSW from California State University Long Beach in 1999 and an advanced standing MSW from New York University in 2000. I also completed both an Advanced Practice Certificate in Individual Clinical Practice with Adults and Adolescents at New York University in 2006.
I began my private practice in 2012, and this has proven to be the most rewarding challenge that I have encountered in my life. In my search to provide the most comprehensive treatment possible, I began to explore more holistic forms of therapy. It was through this process that I began to recognize my own wounds and the need for healing. Coming to terms with those issues was also a very difficult task. I had spent years helping others, not recognizing that I was always putting my needs on the back burner. I became very adept at compartmentalizing my issues and working around them. When a wound is not treated properly, but left to heal on it's own, it may heal and scab, but that healing is not proper. You have to fully open that wound, clean it and seal it properly so that it improves and you can grow. Pulling those layers back, can be frightening and rewarding at the same time.
Initially, I used many evidenced based tried and true treatment modalities in my practice. My desire to unify mind, body and spirit increased. In 2013 I began training in Hypnosis, which led to my introduction to the healing arts. I became aware of energy based healing while working with individuals with substance use history. I was introduced to Reiki at that time. I was allowed to participate in a group that changed my life. That first Reiki session was absolutely amazing and eye opening. I knew that this was a modality that I needed to utilize in my practice, I became certified at level one and began using the practice on myself. As I recognized the benefits and changes, I achieved level 2 training and began to offer it to my patients.
It was during my hypnosis training that I was introduced to Tunning Forks. This is where my journey into sound began. When I attended my very first sound bath, with my mentor, I knew I had found my calling. After that sound bath, I felt rejuvenated and at ease. That improvement continued throughout the week and I saw improvement overall. My mind was clearer, my body felt in tune and most of all my spirit felt nurtured. It is amazing how sound, vibration and energy healing have a way of getting to the crux of the matter.
As we go about our daily lives taking care of the necessities and needs of others, we often forget to care for ourselves. We become so bogged down by the tasks of life that we do not take time to process what has occurred in the past or what is occurring presently. This often leads to neglect that may manifest in negative ways. Listening to others and helping them to grow is one of my greatest joys. I strongly believe that achieving inner calmness, understanding and acceptance are all ways in which we can improve the quality of our lives. When you open yourself to self discovery, you bring about clarity and move towards personal growth. It is often helpful to have another set of eyes and ears to help us become aware of the things that we may not necessarily see or may not be willing to admit. These are some of the issues that I can help you explore and work towards change.
I also work with organizations providing services to assist in decreasing problematic behaviors and emotions while enhancing productivity and performance with my interactive Workplace Wellness Workshop. I have provided workshops to promote self-care, stress management and improved self expression using meditation, sound therapy and experiential activities.