Jessica Umhoefer, PsyD

  • Pediatric Psychology


Jessica Umhoefer, PsyD, is a UW Health Kids pediatric psychologist. She works with children and adolescents, ages 3-18, who are struggling with a range of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She also helps children with grief, stress management, social difficulties and life changes.

As a former school psychologist, Jessica has extensive experience working with neurodiverse children, including those with autism spectrum disorder, learning differences and other developmental challenges.

Believing that the strongest factor that determines therapy success is a trusting and positive therapy relationship, Jessica takes a strengths-based approach to treatment. She encourages her patients to focus on their inner strengths and abilities and helps them develop a positive mindset to tap into when facing challenges.

Because each patient is unique, Jessica uses a wide range of treatment techniques. These include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and emotion-focused therapy (EFT). She also offers parent management training (PMT) to give caregivers the tools they need to work with children at home.

During her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with family, reading and watching movies.

I work to build trusting, positive therapy relationships with children and families.

Languages spoken
  • English
University affiliation

Education & credentials

  • James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Areas of expertise