Jessica Auel, MS, LMFTStaff

Mental Health Therapist in Counseling Center

This is Jessica’s third year at Gustavus. Jessica has specialized training in Internal Family Systems (IFS), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and has a great deal of experience working with LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent folks. She enjoys working with a variety of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, stress, sleep issues, trauma, adjustment issues, relationship distress, identity concerns, and body image/self-esteem issues. Being a first-generation college student herself, she also loves working with students who are having difficulty navigating the world of higher education. Jessica takes a systemic approach to mental health, which means she views each person in the context of their thoughts, feelings, lived experiences, social interactions, and access to resources. She strives to develop a supportive and trusting relationship to allow a safe space to explore and process all the different parts of one’s Self to help students live their most genuine and authentic lives.

In her free time, Jessica enjoys most outdoor activities, including kayaking, swimming, boating, fishing, walking, and hiking. Jessica also enjoys reading, crocheting, and snuggling with her pets. 


Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Minor in Spanish) | University of Northern Iowa; Master's of Science in Counseling and Student Personnel (Focus: Mental Health Counseling) | Minnesota State University, Mankato


Reading, Music, Art, Animals, and Sustainability