Jess Kimmel, MSAT, LLPC
Marketing and Publications Manager, Art Therapist
Jess Kimmel has always had a passion for art. In fact, she’s an artist herself. Abstract painting and figure drawing are her hobbies. When she received her dual license in Art Therapy and Counseling, it made sense that she would apply her creative skills to all aspects of her counseling responsibilities. Jess’s versatility is apparent at Sanford House, where she facilitates Interactive Journaling and Art Therapy group sessions.
Jess recently joined the Sanford House Marketing Team, where she puts both her creativity and her understanding of our treatment programs to good use. Her clinical understanding, writing skills and artist’s eye for detail bring new depth to our marketing efforts.
Jess holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis on women and gender studies and studio art, and a Master of Science degree in Art Therapy. She is an advocate of sexual assault victims, and has worked as a counselor on their behalf. She believes there are many overlapping issues with trauma and violence facing women with substance use disorders. Jess has also worked in a neuro-rehabilitation center creating art with men and women living with traumatic brain injury.
Jess is from Hartland, Michigan and currently lives in Grand Rapids. In her off hours, she provides art therapy to adults with disabilities. She loves coffee (perhaps a bit too much) and enjoys exploring and supporting the local businesses of the area.
Jess says, “The effects of addiction stretch farther than the addicted individual alone. Addiction affects an individual’s friends, co-workers, barista… And addiction touches all members of a household, including the dog. Addicted behaviors are particularly impactful on little ones. Working with the entire family system can profoundly effect children’s developing ideas about the way the world works, and the way a family should function.”