Jessica S. Williams, LCSW, a graduate of the New York University Silver School of Social Work, maintains a private psychotherapy practice where she treats patients with a wide array of mental health problems, including anxiety, mood disorders, and trauma. Since April of 2017, Jessica has been employed at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) where she assesses and facilitates treatment for patients at the Center for Brachial Plexus and Traumatic Nerve Injury (CBPTNI). Patients are evaluated for depression, post-traumatic stress, and other psychosocial stressors associated with brachial plexus injury. Ms. Williams is actively participating in research with the CNPTNI multidisciplinary team to develop a deeper understanding of the psychosocial and psychological impact of brachial plexus injury, and improve services.
Prior to coming to HSS, Ms. Williams worked primarily with individuals who suffer from psychiatric disorders in settings such as inpatient psychiatry and the non-profit sector, where she facilitated case management with performing artists who suffer from substance abuse disorders. She has significant training and experience working with LGBTQ individuals, and considers herself an advocate for this population. Specialized areas Ms. Williams has worked in include: severe and persistent mental illness, addiction, eating disorders, employee assistance/job jeopardy, college counseling, and the arts and entertainment industry.
Ms. Williams has clinical and research interests in the areas of chronic illness & chronic pain as well as addiction, and remains up to date on current research and policy in these areas in order to inform her work with patients at the Center for Brachial Plexus and Traumatic Nerve Injury.