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 it is possible for people to lead more fulfilling lives, and our work at 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 what effectively improves well-being. We sort through the overwhelming mass of information so that you don’t have to.

  • Create and disseminate accessible resources for improving mental health. We develop our workbooks and programs with the goal of increasing access to—and engagement in—practices that have been demonstrated to have a positive impact on mental health.

  • 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. She is a speaker and trainer in the areas of grit and resiliency, accomplishing 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 Actualize! A step-by-step guide to creating the life you want. Jessica works with a talented team of trainers.


Jessica Gifford, LICSW