Jessica Gifford,  LICSW    Founder       

Jessica Gifford, LICSW


We believe that everyone has the capacity to thrive.

The inspiration for Thrive arose out of deep concern about the rising levels of stress, depression, and social disconnection in our culture. Jessica is passionate about working to reverse this trend, and developed Thrive based on the core values of:

  • Giving large numbers of people access to simple practices that improve mental health and well-being. Many of these practices are as effective as medication, with no side effects.
  • Providing the structure and support to help people make positive changes in their lives.
  • Focusing on building strengths rather than addressing deficits.

Jessica continually reviews the research for effective strategies to improve mental health. She is skilled at translating theory into practice and develops the practical, easy-to-use content for Thrive's programs. She works with a talented team of designers and programmers who build this content into engaging online programs.

    Jessica has a Master's degree in Social Work, and a background in individual and group counseling. For the past 13 years she has worked in college mental health and wellness promotion. In this role, Jessica became inspired by the ability of large-scale programs to improve the mental health of hundreds of students at a time. She has developed expertise in designing and implementing large-scale programs on college campuses, and has presented widely on this topic.



    Jessica Gifford, LICSW