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Jessica Bertolino, MA, MT-BC, LPC
Licensed in PA #PC010458

Having a strong relationship with your therapist is one of the best predictors of the therapy process. “Therapist” is only one part of my identity – I am first & foremost human, so it’s important that I also share other elements that can influence my biases. I’m a straight, white cis-woman; a mother; a fat person; a performing musician. I strive to create a comfortable space and help you realize that you can talk about anything without judgment. Bringing humor and lightness into sessions is something that I value, and I hope to help you feel comfortable enough to talk about anything. Clients have described me as an easy person to talk to, often appreciating my gentle & casual but direct style. I am not afraid to offer feedback — I’m not a “sit and nod” kind of therapist and will encourage self-reflection at a pace that feels comfortable for you. I’m constantly humbled by the people I’ve met through my work, and I’m committed to eliminating stigma surrounding seeking treatment. Therapy is an amazing opportunity to make yourself a priority and develop a better sense of who you are. I’m glad you’re here and would be honored to share in your journey, whether for relief, validation, skill-building, or self-discovery. 

The nitty gritty of my background is below, but I’ve been in the mental health field for over 10 years. I began as a Board Certified Music Therapist and quickly realized my interest in general psychology and neuroscience. This led me to pursue further training and experiences in more traditional talk therapy methods, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. I have a strong interest in attachment and psychodynamic theories, which basically means that I value how our relationships with caregivers and other important figures have shaped our views of the world and the ways in which we act and respond, especially when under stress. I am fascinated by the patterns that emerge in our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and believe in the power of developing personal insights that lead to helpful changes.

My Background

Master of Arts in Music Therapy & Counseling

Drexel University 2014

Board Certified Music Therapist #11480
Since 2014

Basic Components of Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders

Advanced Psychotherapy for Perinatal Mental Health 

Postpartum Support International 2021 - Training Complete, Pending Exam

Clinical Experiences

  • Non-profit community mental health 

  • Co-occurring mental health/substance use disorders

  • Inpatient psych - both acute short-term and chronic severe long-term

  • Group therapy with all ages

  • Outpatient practice for children & families

  • School-based therapy for adolescents

  • Palliative & hospice music therapy for aging and disabled veterans


Just for Fun

  • Before becoming a therapist, I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Saxophone Performance. 

  • I’m a multi-instrumentalist (woodwinds, piano, guitar) and love to sing & write my own music. 

  • I grew up in West Virginia and love where I am from. 

  • I enjoy other forms of creativity, such as writing, art, crafts, and especially cooking!

  • I have a green thumb and love my houseplants. Gardening, however, is a challenge.

  • I’m a recovering perfectionist. 

  • Feel free to talk shop with me regarding podcasts. I’m always looking for recommendations. 

Image by Kari Shea
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