Jessica Tappana LCSW, Clinical Social Work in Columbia, Missouri, 65201

Jessica Tappana


Jessica Tappana


Professions: Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker - 2015005780
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: Free 30-minute in-person consultation. Call for current fees.
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


302 Campusview Dr
Suite 202
Columbia, Missouri 65201

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My Approach to Helping

You want to feel happy but it seems like something is holding you back, am I right? I can help you get "unstuck" from anxiety, fear or uncertainty. We will partner together to help you find emotional freedom, peace, and joy.

I believe in the importance of using evidence-based treatment approaches so that you have the best possible chance of getting better. I've worked hard to learn specific types of therapy that help with trauma/PTSD, anxiety, stress and a variety of other things you may be going through. I am constantly reading the latest literature and will explain to you not only the type of approach I am using but why I think that approach will be helpful.

Each person is different and the most important thing is that you benefit from our time together. Therefore, I am also flexible in my approach. If for any reason you don't feel like our sessions are helpful, we'll re-evaluate and look at other ways of working together that might help.

My office is a comfortable, safe space for you to begin your healing journey. Our lobby is stocked with both hot and cold beverages for you to sip on during our sessions as well as calming activities (magazines, adult coloring pages, etc) for you to engage in while you wait. I often run an essential oil diffuser in my office, have chosen comfy chairs and keep a stockpile of "fidget" items nearby.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I specialize in helping clients who have experienced traumatic stress find healing and move forward. Maybe you're a survivor of sexual violence (rape, assault, childhood abuse, etc), you've been in a car accident or seen upsetting things at work. I am trained in two different evidence-based treatments for PTSD and have spent my career learning how to help people find healing after something seems to knock them down.

I also specialize in working with college-age adults. I have had clients from all of the local universities and love helping college students who are struggling to adjust, worried about life after graduation, feeling anxious or depressed. This is a unique period in your life and I want to help you make the most of it!

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

I love watching people transform and find healing. My favorite part of therapy is that first "aha" moment when you realize that you are feeling "better." When a client comes in smiling and telling me they had a great week, I can't help but smile myself!

I am passionate about my work and believe in the power of counseling. I have seen so many people find healing and happiness. It is that belief and the memory of all my past clients that keeps me excited to go to work each and every day.

Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance

All of the research about what "works" in therapy emphasizes the importance of having a strong client-therapist alliance. In other words, you have to feel like you can trust your therapist. I also know that my personality isn't a match for everyone. I offer a free consultation for every new potential client so that you and I can get a feel for each other's personality before we commit to working together. I want to make sure you feel like I'm someone you could open up to and speak to. I often check in with clients to make sure we're still on the same page so you can feel good doing the hard work of therapy.

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Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I specialize in working with those who have experienced traumatic stress including survivors of sexual violence (childhood abuse, rape, assault). I also specialize in working with college students.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Breakup
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Fear
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Doubt
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
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