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No•va  noun

A star that brightens suddenly and to an unprecedented degree, creating the impression that a new star has appeared where none was before. At this stage, the star sheds its outer layers without destroying itself.

Origin of nova

1877, from Latin nova, fem. singular adjective of novus "new", used with stella "star" (a feminine noun in Latin) to describe a new star not previously known. Classical plural is novae.



Our mission is to provide effective and accessible mental health services to clients of diverse backgrounds in the Kansas City area. We creatively implement research-based strategies that have been proven to help real people deal with real problems. We empower our clients to recognize and build on their unique strengths, and believe everyone is capable of healing and creating joy in life.

Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.
— Brené Brown


Jessica Ortiz, LCPC, LMHC

Jessica is a Kansas native who has worked in Lawrence, Colorado Springs and Seattle and recently returned home to the sunflower state. With nearly 20 years of experience, she has found herself drawn to helping others overcome trauma and experiences from their past that get in the way of living the life they want to live. She has a natural ability to create a non-judgmental and trusting relationship with all of her clients, and provides the support and validation necessary for self-empowerment, change and growth.



Individual Counseling  | Come as you are; become the person you want to be

Adolescent Counseling  | Adolescence is not for the faint of heart

Family Counseling  | Fall in love with your child all over again


Our Approach

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)