Hillary E. Hess holds a Master's in Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, completing undergraduate study at Philadelphia University (now Thomas Jefferson University) with a Bachelor's in Science for Psychology and Business.
Many of Hillary's early clients were individuals with a history of trauma. In children, this presented as impulse control disorder, conduct disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder. In adults trauma presents as hyperactivity, difficulty maintaining healthy relationships, anxiety, insomnia, depression, and anger. Working with these clients early on, Hillary realized a need for creativity in the mental health system; not only in the individual therapy work, but also in the general presentation of treatment for mental health.
In addition to a traditional counseling, Hillary filled the role of yoga and expressive arts teacher for an organization affiliated with Chester County Youth Center (CCYC). During this time, she worked with "at-risk" youth to encourage positive decision making by identifying positive choices and positive forms of expression through the arts.
In order for her work to be effective, Hillary had to demonstrate warmth, knowledge, skill and creativity; she believes it was a combination of these skills, as well as the variety of skills her clients held (and not without them), that she was able to effect change through her work.
Hillary has completed additional coursework and certification in the following areas:
Registered Yoga Teacher (2016)
Mindfulness- Based Stress Reduction (2016)
Trauma informed Expressive Arts Certification- Focusing Oriented Art Therapy Institute (2015)
Hillary specializes in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and mindfulness approaches for individuals with anxiety, trauma, depression, as well as relational and adjustment concerns.