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Dr. Jessica Stahl

Licensed Psychologist

Prounouns: She/her

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I am a counseling psychologist with more than 15 years of experience.

My practice is currently focused primarily on adults (18+) who are ​navigating a career transition (graduating from school, returning to ​work after time out of the workforce, considering shifting to another ​line of work., etc.). My area of specialty is helping people explore ​themselves and career options in order figure out the answer to ​"what's next?". I use a variety of activities (interest & personality ​assessments, discussions about skills, values, strengths, mission ​statement) to facilitate career exploration. I provide career counseling ​services both through telehealth individual career counseling as well ​as through an online career exploration workshop.

In addition, I take a limited number of adult clients for individual ​telehealth psychotherapy. I have particular interest & experience in ​providing psychotherapy to therapists/therapists-in-training and ​LGBTQIA+ individuals.

about me


I earned my B.A. in Psychology from Middlebury College in 2001. After a gap year working as a research assistant, I entered the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Maryland- College Park. There, I focused my research on therapist development and therapy process/outcome. I graduated with my Ph.D. in 2008. I have been a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts since 2009.

clinical training & Professional experience

During my doctoral program, I completed almost all of my clinical training at the counseling center at the University of Maryland - College Park. I also provided psychotherapy and career counseling at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD. I completed my predoctoral Internship at University Counseling & Consulting Services at the University of Minnesota. My postdoc was completed at Counseling Services at Salem State University. I subsequently briefly worked at a group private practice in Foxboro, MA.

Since 2009, I have been a full-time faculty member at William James College in the M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. I primarily teach classes in basic counseling skills, career counseling, research & program evaluation, and diversity, difference & inclusion. In addition, I developed and direct a college-wide concentration in LGBTQIA+ Studies.

My Clinical Approach

My approach is warm, collaborative, and practical. I believe my clients have strengths and self-healing capacities, and that they are the best experts on themselves. I provide my clients with a supportive and accepting environment allowing them to explore internal and external barriers to their self-healing. I am committed to honoring all of my clients' identities and to consider their life contexts in our work.

In my work as a career counselor, I am focused on using the counseling relationship to help clients better understand themselves and how they want to approach the world of work. The focus of the work varies according to what my clients believe they would benefit from the most. Our work can focus on things such as: identifying what type of work would best fit my clients’ interests, skills, values, etc.; navigating occupational transitions; managing work/life balance; and navigating the job/school work and interview process. I view my role as being an expert in the process of identifying career goals, making plans to pursue those goals, and gaining skills to navigate the process successfully (e.g., writing strong resume & cover letter; interview skills, etc.).

I believe that therapy is a journey in which we collaboratively navigate your way to being a more effective participant in your own life. I also believe that a good therapeutic relationship is about "fit," so please do not hesitate to contact me if you want any additional information about me or my work.

career Exploration


Online Class Group

This Workshop may be a good fit for you if you:

  • Are an adult (18+)
  • Need help figuring out “what comes next?” in your education or career


  • 8 online weekly 75-minute sessions OR 4 online weekly 2.5 hr sessions
    • Reflect on educational/career history and set goals
    • Complete and discuss career assessments and exploration activities
    • Learn mindful career decision making skills
    • Practice interviewing and networking skills
    • Envision future plans
  • Participants will be able to learn from others who are also navigating a career transition.
  • Sessions are facilitated by a psychologist who has been providing and teaching about career counseling for almost 20 years

fees & Timing

  • Complimentary initial 15-minute consultation to determine if the group is a good fit.
  • $640 total for the workshop; self-pay only
  • Participants who can join sessions from MA and wish to continue to work individually receive a discounted rate of $150 for each additional 45 minute individual session after the workshop is complete

individual therapy

Psychological Online Consultation

clients particularly well suited to my areas of expertise are:

  • Adults (18+)
  • Navigating career decisions, transitions, or challenges
  • Managing the intersection of work and life/personal concerns
  • Therapists or therapists-in-training who want to focus on self-awareness, managing a therapist identity, personal growth, professional support, etc.
  • LGBTQIA+ individuals who want a therapist with particular interest in & experience in working with the LGBTQIA+ community


  • Weekly 45-minute telehealth sessions
  • Clients must must be located in Massachusetts when logging in to sessions. (Telehealth regulations require that psychologists be licensed in the geographic location of the client when receiving services.)

fees & timing

  • Free initial 15-minute phone consultation to determine if we are a good fit
  • $200 for initial evaluation
  • $175 for subsequent weekly sessions
  • All sessions are self-pay, but I can provide psychotherapy clients with receipts that they can submit for reimbursement

Connect with me

Jessica Stahl, Ph.D., L.P.


(617) 454-4312


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