Jessika Twehous, LPC

Therapist in Columbia

Located at 28 N. 8th St., Ste. 303, Columbia, MO 65201


Meet Jessika:

Whether you're struggling with anxiety, navigating a major life transition, or seeking to improve your relationships, I am here to support you every step of the way. As your therapist, I am committed to accompanying you on your journey with empathy, understanding, and unwavering support, empowering you to navigate life's challenges with resilience and self-compassion.

My passion for helping others navigate life's challenges stems from my own journey of growth and self-discovery. I understand firsthand the courage it takes to seek help and embark on a path of healing. It is from this place of empathy and understanding that drives me to support others on their own paths towards healing and fulfillment. I am deeply inspired by the courage and vulnerability of my clients as they confront their innermost struggles and embark on a journey of self-exploration and empowerment. I carry a deep respect for my clients as unique individuals with their own unique story and I am honored to be a part of my clients' transformative journeys. 


My Therapeutic Approach

My approach to therapy is rooted in empathy, respect, and collaboration. Together, we work to uncover patterns, gain insight, and develop effective strategies for navigating life's challenges. I believe that every individual has the capacity for growth and transformation, and I am dedicated to providing a supportive space where clients can openly share their biggest concerns knowing that they’ll be understood and seen. I recognize that each individual is unique, with their own experiences, strengths, and challenges. That's why I take a personalized approach to therapy, customizing each session to meet the specific needs and goals of my clients. Through empathetic listening, compassionate guidance, and evidence-based interventions, I strive to empower clients to tap into their inherent strengths, overcome obstacles, and create positive change in their lives.


Investing in Yourself

In therapy, you'll find a safe space to explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences without judgment. It's a place where vulnerability is not weakness but rather a catalyst for profound transformation. Through the therapeutic process, you'll gain valuable insights, develop coping strategies, and uncover the strength and resilience within you. The skills and insights you gain through therapy not only help to address your biggest challenges in the present, but also to gain invaluable insights, coping skills, and self-awareness that you will carry into the future. Therapy is not just about addressing your immediate concerns; it's an investment in personal growth and long-term well-being. 


Cultural Competency

In both my personal and professional life, I am deeply committed to cultural competency and social justice advocacy, recognizing the profound impact that cultural backgrounds and societal inequalities have on individuals' mental health and well-being. With a strong foundation in culturally sensitive therapy practices, I strive to create a safe and inclusive space where clients from diverse backgrounds feel heard, respected, and understood. By embracing cultural humility and continuously educating myself on the unique experiences and challenges faced by different communities, I aim to foster a therapeutic environment that promotes healing and empowerment. Additionally, I am passionate about advocating for social justice both within and beyond the therapy room, actively working to dismantle systemic barriers and address issues of discrimination, oppression, and inequality. My approach to therapy integrates a social justice lens, empowering clients to navigate and confront societal injustices while also fostering personal growth and resilience.


Take the First Step

If you are ready to take the first step towards healing, I warmly invite you to reach out with any questions you may have about the process of therapy and to schedule an appointment with me. I am here to support you every step of the way as we collaborate together on your journey towards a happier and healthier you. 



  • Anxiety
  • Career Counseling
  • Co-parenting
  • Communication Issues
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Couples & Premarital Counseling
  • Depression
  • Divorce & Separation
  • Existential Concerns
  • Family Issues
  • Grief & Loss
  • Holistic Wellness
  • Infidelity
  • Life Coaching
  • Life Transitions
  • Parenting
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Identity
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma



  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CBT)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gottman Therapy
  • Holistic / Integrative Therapy
  • Somatic Experiencing



  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) from University of Missouri-Kansas City in Licensed Professional Counseling with an emphasis in Couples and Family
  • Dual Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from University of Missouri-Columbia in Psychology and Sociology with an emphasis in Multicultural Studies and a minor in Spanish