Jessica Riley
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Jessica Riley

Jessica Riley got a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Louisiana State University, and then received her M.A. in Systems Counseling from the Leadership Institute of Seattle at Bastyr University, where she graduated with honors. After working part-time at a Washington state junior college, Jessica now works full-time as a junior college counselor. She has taught New Directions, Project Independence, and Life Tracks courses for students in transition. Jessica was the career counselor at Pacific Northwest College of Art, as well as enjoying a private practice as a life/career coach. It was during her work as a life coach that Riley began writing down her thoughts on issues that she saw repeatedly coming up in her clients’ lives, such as self-esteem issues, and misplaced fear. “I was taken aback by how common some issues were,” Riley says, “I began writing down notes about things that came up over and over, thinking about writing a book. But what I actually had wasn’t one large book, but many smaller books.” Riley had some friends who asked for copies of her ‘small books’ to help themselves and others, especially with romantic relationships. When she got positive feedback on her works from so many, she decided to look into self-publishing. Her first three projects Trust Issues: Managing the Anxiety, Insecurity and Jealousy in Your Relationship, Heart Advice: Getting Over a Breakup in 7 Steps, and Get the Guy: Easy Steps to Finally Get the Man of Your Dreams were immediately successful. “The key to any sort of real change in behavior is changing one’s attitude,” says Riley, “So I decided to write a series on the mental state that people really need to get the most out of any improvement.” Riley then published Motivation Manifesto, Love Yourself, and The Art of Mental Training. Each of these books were even bigger sellers. “The best part of publishing is hearing from readers,” Riley says, “I get e-mails and letters from readers who tell me that my book helped them and others they shared them with. That’s the greatest feeling, professionally, that I think I’ve ever had.” With her past experience coaching, Jessica enjoys working with students on career, academic, and personal issues using an action oriented approach. Riley is also working on a series of books geared towards teenagers. Jessica lives in Washington state with her husband, son and two daughters. She enjoys knitting, running and reading books. She also volunteers with her son’s Boy Scout troop and her daughters’ soccer teams.

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