jessa hobson

Jessa Hobson, M.S., LICSW

Clinical Program Director

  • B.S. Kinesiology/Outdoor Education, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S.W University of New Hampshire
  • M.S. Outdoor Education, University of New Hampshire

Jessalyn, also known as Jessa, comes with over 6 years of wilderness therapy experience as both a field guide and therapist. Jessa has her M.S.W. and M.S. in outdoor education from the University of New Hampshire. She specializes in working with complex family systems from her experience working as a wilderness family therapist. Jessa most often utilizes DBT and Family Systems Theory, as well as a strengths-based, relational approach, as she works with students to support them on their journey toward positive, lasting change. She strongly believes that clients participating in treatment can serve as catalysts for change within their entire family, and that family engagement in their child’s process supports the transference and maintenance of therapeutic growth.

Jessa is also an active participant in the research community of experiential treatment through her work with the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research Center and the NATSAP Research Committee. She has co-authored a number of publications exploring the effectiveness of wilderness therapy in regards to individual therapeutic change, family functioning, and the physical health of clients. She is a strong advocate for increasing access to therapeutic services in order to provide comprehensive and affordable care for as many adolescents and families possible.

Jessa is an avid adventurer and traveler. She grew up in Saudi Arabia and spent almost a year adventure guiding in Oman. She spends much of her free time rock climbing throughout New Hampshire, hiking, and spending time with her family.