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 reality is possible, and we hope to contribute to that reality. We:

  • Research evidence-based practices that have been demonstrated to work (and have no negative side effects!). More is known now than ever before about how the brain works, and what practices impact mental health and well-being, but sorting through this information can be overwhelming and confusing. We do that for you.

  • Create curriculum and 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. 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 expertise in designing, implementing and evaluating resiliency and mental health programs. Jessica frequently presents at professional conferences, and is the author of Four Weeks to Wellness: evidence-based exercises to cultivate health and happiness in your life. Jessica works with a talented team who help facilitate trainings and deliver content.


Jessica Gifford, LICSW