Meet Jesse Jonesberg

Jesse Jonesberg

Jesse is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a focus on compassion, holistic mental health, and equity. He has over a 15 years’ experience working with folks in community mental health settings. During his career as a community focused social worker, Jesse has served as a community support specialist, intake specialist, supervisor, manager, academic advisor, professor, trainer, and even executive director of a small nonprofit. Jesse has been trained and continues to grow in a variety of helping and therapy approaches. He is an active member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), he is a certified Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy (SCIP) therapist, and he is a candidate for Brainspotting (BSP) Certification. Jesse maintains the website that features free learning resources for helpers, and an active blog Change Talk which provides in-depth discussion of compassion, equity, and other topics related to the helping professions. Jesse currently provides therapy to individuals in mental health and substance use recovery through Wisconsin Community Services (WCS), and he offers trainings in MI, Cultural Humility, and Mindful Self-Compassion.

“I share MI because I enjoy connecting and supporting others who are passionate to serve. MI offers a simple way to talk about and explore some very complex realities of suffering in our world, it connects with us on that deeper level yet it is very practical. Practicing MI can bring light to situations that feel very dark, it allows us to be present with others and ourselves in the hardest of times. The practice of Cultural Humility allows us to be radically open to experiences and perspectives of folks who come from very different backgrounds from our own. The practice of Cultural Humility invites us to connect in an authentic and respectful way by valuing differences and honoring common humanity. Cultural Humility invites us to practice true compassion by honoring diversity and the societal context of inequitable power dynamics, and MI provides us with a tangible skill set to use that compassion in order to help others in a complex world.”