Welcome and thank you for choosing ABILITIES FIRST Counseling & Empowerment Services.  I'm committed to providing a safe, supportive and confidential space in which to openly explore.  My approach assumes the dignity and resilience of every individual.   I specialize in services for individuals with developmental disabilities and chronic conditions as well as support for the needs of their families, allies and caregivers in the Chippewa Valley and surrounding communities.  Tele-Health Services are available statewide.  

Mental health influences overall well-being and is an essential aspect in defining a quality of life.  There can be many factors that increase the risk of developing a problem with mental health.  Factors may include the following:  Poor social support, trauma, low expectations for success, chronic pain or limitation, family history and/or high levels of stress.  Benefits of counseling are numerous:  reduced stress in daily living, higher social engagement and personal awareness of strengths and challenges, improved self-esteem and confidence, improved decision-making, more effective communication with others.  In turn, self-defeating behaviors and emotional outbursts are reduced.  

With my own experience and understanding of the disability experience, I discovered the value of self-advocacy and desire to help others to become more empowered.  I will encourage you look beyond what you perceive are your limitations and challenge you to look deeply into what you believe stops you from moving forward. I hope to inspire your change through honesty with compassion, self-acceptance and humor.  I am happy to consult with you and I'm looking forward to working with you and your family.

Jessica Kleist, MS. Ed., LPC, NCC
Professional Counselor

Content copyright 2022. All rights reserved.

Contact Us