Jessica Gioia

Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Jessica Gioia

Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

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Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision. Supervisor: Carolyn Moore, LCSW
Primary Credential: Associate Marriage and Family Therapist - 114719
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $150 for individual 50 minute session
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability

Offices

Oakland, California 94606

My Approach to Helping

[My practice is currently full. I will update this profile when I am once again accepting new clients.]

Therapy is about awareness- of your thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations, of the dynamics within your relationships, and the impacts of your environment. I can support you in increasing your awareness in order to better understand what your symptoms (including anxiety, depression, brain fog, and others) are trying to tell you. In my experience, symptoms are ways in which our mind and body attempt to communicate with us about our pain and our needs, and once these messages are attended to they can resolve themselves.

This way of working tends to move slowly and patiently, circling back to central issues again and again, and untangling one piece of confusion at a time. As a result, it is important for my clients to commit to consistent weekly therapy for as long as they determine it is helpful. Most of my clients work with me for several months to several years, depending on the extent of the confusion they are attempting to untangle and the pace at which they are comfortable. Along the way, I frequently solicit feedback about what is working and what isn't, so that you can feel confident that we are headed in a worthwhile direction.

A typical session with me starts with you describing a past or recent incident that creates a sense of unease or curiosity. I will ask you questions: how did you feel when the incident occurred; how do you feel now describing it to me; what would be your ideal resolution; what obstacles stand in the way of this resolution; what comes up as you confront those obstacles. In the course of the session, we will likely identify incorrect or outdated beliefs about yourself, connect your present experience with your experiences growing up within your family of origin, and locate suffering that is the result of systemic systems of oppression. We will also learn about how you handle emotion; whether it overwhelms you, whether you tend to compartmentalize, or whether you are able to find a balance.

I work best with those who are struggling with an unclear or negative sense of self. This manifests in the following ways: confusion about what you're feeling and where your feelings come from; difficulty asserting your opinion or your needs with others; a sense of constant shame, guilt, or inadequacy compared to others; a lack of meaningful relationships or life activities; (self-assessed) underperformance at work or school; victimization within abusive relationships; and a strong fear of abandonment or rejection. My goal is for you to feel more solid, happier, and more at peace with who you are by the end of therapy.

I am a fiery therapist who will openly express anger at those who have mistreated you, applaud your successes and uphold your strengths, and passionately defend you from your own harsh self-criticism. Nothing delights me more than to be permitted to witness parts of you that you previously kept hidden. In return, I bring a lot of myself to sessions: my tendency to swear; my irreverent humor; and pieces of my own journey when I feel they will be supportive for you.

I am a queer clinician and member of Bay Area Open Minds, a group of San Francisco Bay Area psychotherapists who affirm that sexual and gender diversity are natural expressions of the human experience. I have also completed a year-long internship with St. James Infirmary, a peer-based occupational health and safety clinic for sex workers of all genders. I am honored to work with members of marginalized communities to do what I can in acknowledging and healing the devastating impacts of transphobia, homophobia, and racism, to the extent that this is possible in a hostile world and within our therapeutic relationship.

More Info About My Practice

I am currently working exclusively through video until further notice; when I create a plan to return to in-person sessions, I will update this profile. Due to the constraints of my license, I am only able to work with clients who live in California.

I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation to new clients, to discuss your situation and determine if we would be a good fit. If you would like to schedule a call, please email or call me with a few days and times when you will be available.

If you're ready for a first appointment, I also offer online scheduling. Click the button that says "Schedule Now" under my photo to see my availability for the next two weeks. I will either approve your selection or request that you choose a different time.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    LGBTQ (including trans and non-binary folks)
    Kinky
    Sex Workers

Industries & Communities Served

  • LGBTQ+

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Career Choice
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Incest
  • Individuation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Perfectionism
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Racism
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Depth Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Somatic Psychotherapy

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