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 social disconnection in our culture. We hope to contribute to the reversal of this trend. We developed Thrive based on the core values of:

  • Accessibility: Thrive increases access to simple practices that improve mental health and well-being. The workbook Four Weeks to Wellness offers a selection of these practices, or they may be delivered to large audiences through our online programs.
  • Effectiveness: We review the research and use practices that are evidence-based, and have demonstrated impact. Some of these practices are as effective as medication, with no side effects. 
  • Empowerment: We help people build on their strengths and promote health rather than focusing on deficits and dis-ease. We provide a structure that supports incremental progress to create sustainable change.

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 positive psychology, resiliency, and the design and implementation of large-scale 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 create and deliver Thrive's online content, and co-facilitate workshops.


    Jessica Gifford, LICSW