Jessica Gifford,  LICSW   Founder

Jessica Gifford, LICSW

We believe that everyone has the capacity to thrive.

The inspiration for Thrive sprung from a deep concern about the rising levels of stress, depression, and disconnection in our culture. We believe that a healthier and happier future is possible, and our work with Thrive is an effort to provide simple tools to increase well-being. Our goals are to:

  • Research evidence-based practices that have been demonstrated to work. More is known now than ever before about how the brain works, and which practices are effective. It can be confusing to sort through the overwhelming amount of information. We take care of that for you.

  • Create programs to disseminate effective strategies for improving mental health. We develop our programs and delivery methods with the goal of increasing access to—and engagement in—practices that work to increase well-being.

  • Empower individuals by focusing on building strengths and skills rather than addressing deficits or dis-ease.

About Jessica

Jessica has a Master's degree in Social Work from Smith College, and a background in individual and group counseling. She currently serves as the Associate Director of Mental Health Promotion at the Amherst College Counseling Center. Jessica has expertise in designing, implementing and evaluating innovative programs to build resiliency. Jessica is a speaker and trainer in the areas of grit and resiliency, actualizing goals, and creating a culture of belonging. She is the author of Four Weeks to Wellness: evidence-based exercises to cultivate health and happiness in your life and Journal to Success: evidence-based writing exercises to help you achieve your goals. Jessica works with a talented team of trainers.


Jessica Gifford, LICSW