Jesse Carlock


Jesse Carlock, PHD is a psychologist, writer, trainer, and educator. Jesse has extensively trained in Gestalt and Satir Systems Theory.
Jesse Carlock, Owner, PHD

Jesse Carlock, PHD is a psychologist, writer, trainer, and educator. Jesse has extensively trained in Gestalt and Satir Systems Theory and Practice along with training in cognitive behavioral methods and hypnosis. Her approach is to weave together attention to cognition, affect, body, and spirit as fits the particular individual or system with which she is working.

Jesse received her PhD from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida in 1975. She was licensed as a psychologist in 1978 after serving three years as Assistant Professor of Counseling Education at Wright State University. Since that time, Jesse has been in private practice in Dayton and Vandalia, Ohio. She is also a corporate crisis consultant with Crisis Care Network. In addition, Jesse is Clinical Professor of Professional Psychology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

Fortunate to train with leading experts in the field of therapy, Jesse had the privilege of training with such notables as Carl Whitaker, Erving and Miriam Polster, Virginia Satir, Sonia Nevis, Betty Carter, Stephen Gilligan and Donald Meichenbaum to name a few.

Jesse has also completed several extensive post-graduate training programs in Gestalt, Satir Family Systems therapy, and Clinical Hypnosis. Jesse is always advancing her skills. Currently, Jesse holds memberships in several professional organizations: Ohio Psychological Association, Dayton Area Psychological Association, and the Virginia Satir Global Network. Jesse is also Editor of the Satir Journal of Counselling and Family Therapy, an ejournal published by the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C.

Writing is another love of Jesse’s. She has published numerous journal articles and book chapters covering topics related to group dynamics, group interventions, intergenerational family therapy, self-esteem, gay/lesbian issues, alcoholism, critical incident debriefing and the Satir Model. Jesse has also written several books: Enhancing Self-Esteem, Bridges to Intimacy, Enhancing Self-Esteem Workbook, and she also produced a DVD entitled, Oral History of Virginia Satir for the Virginia Satir Global Network.

In addition to a general practice, Jesse’s current specialties include group therapy, couples therapy, aging, transitional issues, traumatic stress disorders, substance use disorders, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender issues, chronic and life threatening illnesses, mood and anxiety disorders, and corporate crisis work. Her recent interests involve the use of mindfulness and compassion in the treatment of psychological disorders and as a tool for healthy living.

Jesse tends to draw clients who want to make their life richer and more meaningful, who are having trouble negotiating challenges in life or who are ready to heal wounds from the past that are affecting the quality of their present life. She also loves to work with couples and groups to help them develop more satisfying relationships.

In her free time Jesse enjoys bicycling, cross-country skiing, scuba diving, hiking, travel, films, photography, videography, cultural events, as well as simply reading in front of a fire, writing at her desk or sitting peacefully on her patio.