Promoting mental hygiene since 2006

About Dr. Killebrew

I am a lover of psychology and all things healing and transformation, a former psychotherapist, now I coach and offer guidance for families to sit in their highest wisdom. I am a “mindful mama” to two most curious, loving and bright little ones. My husband and I love spending family time in nature and traveling, we enjoy slowing down and savoring our two children.

I have worked with a multitude of populations in a number of settings since I entered 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.

My doctoral research focused on mindfulness and professionals-in-training illustrating the importance that therapists practice mindfulness themselves. 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 a couple other mindfulness articles. I enjoy conducting workshops, talks, webinars, and meditations for adults and children.

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. I completed all post-doctoral hours required for licensure in 2013… around the time I gave birth to my daughter and now I am “reawakening” with new insight and passion that I now use for coaching and guiding. My wisdom, while grounded in education, is alive with experience.

 

 
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Since 2009 I have been working in private practice as a psychotherapist employing mindfulness-based psychotherapy primarily for individuals and couples. I now provide coaching and parenting guidance/consultation from home and enjoy connecting with clients outside an office.

While Integrative psychology and mindfulness provide a foundation for my career, mindful living and the heart-expanding birth of our children has cultivated a mindful mama” (link to my story). I just co-founded an online web resource for parents called The Mind Body Mama where we offer an integrative approach to parenting through an e-course called The Conscious Connection which focuses on Mindfulness-Based, Relationship Oriented Parenting for the Whole Child

In addition to being 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 steering committee member (since 2006) for the Center for Integrative Psychology. I am rooted in community, it is here I both nurture and am nurtured, thrive and enliven others… it is the core at everything I do – I believe it does take a “village” whether you are a mama, couple or individual… we come alive, together.

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.