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Welcome and thank you for visiting this site.  Abilities First has been established to assist the underserved with overcoming barriers. Quality services are provided at affordable rates. By providing a safe space of mutual respect in which to openly explore, a partnership is developed in which creative-individualized solutions are discovered. 

I appreciate cultural differences and making a positive difference in the lives of others.  This provides joy and energy for my work.  With my own personal experience and understanding of the disability experience, I discovered the value of self-advocacy and helping others to become more empowered. Because of this, 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.  

Treatment Modalities: Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused, Systems and Strength-Based Approaches.  Areas of specialization include: Coping and adjustment strategies for youth and adults with unique physical, learning, emotional challenges. 

I am happy to consult with you, should you have questions.   I'm looking forward to working with you and your family.


Jessica Kleist, MS. Ed., LPC
Professional Counselor

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