Promoting Mental Hygiene Since 2006

About Dr. Killebrew

I am passionate about psychology and all things healing and transformation. A former psychotherapist, now I coach. My purpose is to guide people so that they can sit in their highest wisdom.  I am a “mindful mama” to two most curious and loving littles. My husband and I love spending family time in nature and traveling. We enjoy slowing down and savoring time as a family.

I have worked with a variety of populations in a number of settings since entering graduate school in 2006 ranging from crisis work, chronic pain, cancer, and recovery. However, it was my experience at UCSD’s Center for Mindfulness in 2007, under the mentorship of director Steven Hickman, Psy.D., that I found my deep calling. This internship cultivated a passion for mindfulness that has guided my clinical work since.

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My doctoral research focused on mindfulness and professionals-in-training illustrating the importance that therapists practice mindfulness themselves. I looked at burnout and became very interested in what instills lifeblood in our journey. That said, I am a mindfulness practitioner and have a daily mindfulness practice. I have lectured at two national conferences on this topic and co-authored a published chapter on mindfulness and self-care along with other mindfulness articles. I enjoy facilitating workshops, talks, groups, and meditations.

Since 2009 I have worked in private practice as a psychotherapist employing mindfulness-based psychotherapy for individuals, couples and groups. I graduated in 2012 with a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) with an emphasis in Integrative Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. While I have completed all requirements for licensure, I no longer practice psychotherapy. When we decided to start a family, I shifted my focus. I eventually transitioned over to coaching to allow more freedom to telecommute and walk the talk of balance - I cannot say enough about embodying our values. Coaching has infused my practice with new insight, passion and joy, especially the preventative aspect. My wisdom, while grounded in education, is alive with experience.

In addition to my role as a clinician, I have taught, conducted research, presented, and co-authored several creative projects. I have also co-founded several psychological communities/organizations. I stay active as a board member (since 2006) of the Center for Integrative Psychology. I am rooted in community, it is here I both nurture and am nurtured, thrive and enliven others.

Shift your perception and shift your reality. Healthy mental hygiene is at the core of well-being.
— Dr. Jessica Killebrew

     Publications

"A Study of Mindfulness and Self-Care: A Path to Self-Compassion for Female Therapists in Training".

Woman & Therapy: Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, February 24th, 2014, Vol 37 Issue 1-2; pages 155-163

By Marina Dorian and Jessica Evers Killebrew

DIO 10.1080/02703149.2014.850345

"Incorporating Mindfulness into Clinical Training: A Qualitative Look at the Experience of Psychotherapist"

By Jessica L Evers Killebrew Psy.D. May 2012, 129 pages ProQuest

What is Integrative Psychology?

As defined by Center for Integrative Psychology, 2014

Operating from a systems perspective, Integrative Psychology explores pluralistic and ecological frameworks, seeking personal and social wellness. It integrates the empirical paradigms of psychology with alternative traditions of healing, while also emphasizing an understanding of humankind's various cultures and the spiritual dimensions that underlie them.

Integral Psychology (Wilber 2000) is considered a meta-theory that is integrative in nature, an expression of this pluralistic systemic perspective and part of my doctoral training Integrative emphasis.