Beauti Therapy with Jessica Harris
“My career goal is to ultimately have my own counseling beauty lounge where I service women, travel where I can host Beauti “Werkshops” domestically and internationally,” said 30-year-old Jessica Harris, and that barely scratches the surface on this Dangerous Woman’s story.
Every woman wants to feel beautiful, to be her best, and to do her best. We try, and sometimes we fail. It’s a revolving task that requires work whether we want to admit it or not, and sometimes we look to other women to help us along the way.
Jessica, born and raised in North Carolina, life’s work revolves around just that; helping women to be and feel their best through her unique brand, Beauti Framed, where she offers Beauti Therapy sessions.
While working through her own self-love journey, Jessica hit a point where she had to truly evaluate where she was headed. “Am I going to continue to hate who I am or love who God created me to be and live a life that is worth living?” she said.
It was in those moments, working through her own challenges, that she saw a need to reach out and help other women working through their journeys.
“Beauti Therapy is simply counseling and guiding women through their own self-love journey along with utilizing makeup and henna artistry. Understanding your beauty takes soul werk and without that awareness I have seen that we hide behind filters (figuratively and literally),” she explains.
Jessica received her master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and matched it with her love for make-up and henna to form something more than just a make-up session. Of course, I had to sit in her chair a few times to see for myself just how effective her methods are. Without giving too much away, let’s just say each time I have walked away with a gold mine of resources along with a bomb look.
“I come from the perspective of a mental health counselor and makeup artist,” she says. “I would describe Beauti Therapy as helping women understand that its ok to give themselves the permission to love themselves from a unique, and innovative lens which as a result they will embrace their own beauty.”
While working with women, Jessica reinforces the importance of truly learning who you are at each stage of your life. Sessions may also include daily techniques to cope with self-doubt, body image issues, and low self-esteem. Each session is ultimately an opportunity to encourage women to go after their dreams and not to let anyone, even themselves, hold them back from achieving them.
It doesn’t stop there though. Beauti Therapy extends over to many more areas that women struggle with on a day-to-day basis.
“I have worked with different women dealing with anxiety, depression, self and body image issues, eating disorders, even quarter life crises and they all have the same things in common; they struggled with understanding who they were authentically and navigating through life.”
According to Jessica, it is important for women to know that self-love is not a luxury; it’s a necessity.
I asked Jessica so many questions out of curiosity and genuine interest in her journey. Read more below to get to know her personally!
The Beauti Therapist Q&A
1. What is the most challenging part of being a therapist within the makeup artistry niche?
Helping women to understand that beauty is what you make it, not what society says. It’s the most challenging, but my favorite part because we are so accustom to thinking we should look like the girls on Instagram. We forget that we were created with our own uniqueness, strengths, gifts and beauty. It’s so interesting because 9 out of 10 women that sit in my make-up chair complain about what they look like. I want to help change all that.
2. What keeps you encouraged or let's you know that this is what you were meant to do?
My own journey and how I am continually growing in so many different aspects as a woman. I did not have a mother that guided me or a mentor to look up to so I had to learn so much on my own even the basic little things like how to make friends, how to deal with difficult emotions, and even love myself. So I know what it feels like to be at war with yourself everyday and letting life just happen to you. Honestly, my past pain has truly became my greatest strength. I believe I am destined to tell other women that there is healing, restoration and living a life at peace with yourself is possible.
3. What advice would you give to women who may be facing some personal challenges and are considering therapy?
Go for it and do the work! If we can go to the doctor when we are sick or the dentist for a teeth cleaning and check up, why can’t we do the same for our mental health and emotions? It can sometimes hurt and doesn’t feel like things are getting better, or some things may show up that you didn’t even know was there. There are so many resources out there for you to get the support you may need.
4. What’s next for you? What are your current goals, and what are you doing to work towards them?
I have so many plans! Last year I felt like I shared my passion and artistry but have not truly shared my heart in helping women transform in their self-love journey. So, I am currently creating and organizing Beauti Workshops. Some are solely to empower, challenge our mindset and taking a deeper step into self-awareness, where some will be hands on with makeup, henna and body positive activities. Along with that I will finally be beginning my online counseling and beauty coaching.
To learn more about Jessica, and to book a Beauti Therapy session follow her on social media be clicking the links below!