Reaching out for support is an act of courage, and I honor you for taking the first step toward lasting change! You're here because you're going through something, and whatever that is, I'm here to help.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed in Louisiana and Massachusetts (in MA my license is "LICSW") with ten years of experience working as a psychotherapist for children, adolescents, and adults. I have helped clients and families through issues including anxiety and depression, parenting challenging children, career difficulties, issues related to sexuality and gender identity, ADHD, life stress, work-life balance, relationship issues, and more. As someone who has struggled with both anxiety and depression at various points in my life, I come at the therapeutic process with both personal and professional knowledge, and always keep in mind those things that were most helpful to me when I was the one seeking a therapist.
My style as a therapist reflects my belief that the relationship you and I forge is the foundation from which change becomes possible. Working through the things which hold us back can mean facing difficult feelings and memories, and it's important to have the right partner on that journey. I aim to be a supportive and encouraging partner in change, as well as getting to know you well so that I can provide interventions that make sense for you rather than a one size fits all approach. I believe in helping you build a toolbox of concrete tools and skills that you can draw from moving forward—in helping you equip yourself to meet not only the challenges you’re facing now, but also leaving you better prepared to manage future challenges as they come. I'm here to support you as we explore ways to help you meet your goals and live your best life!
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Attachment Issues, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Body Image, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Isolation/Loneliness, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Prejudice and Discrimination, Self-Love, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
LA LCSW 11545
MA LICSW 123817
These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Jessica Gerson. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.
Jessica is kind, patient, intelligent, empathetic, and overall a great person to have looking out for you. She’s helped me with so much and I’m a much better person (to myself and others) because of her.
Written on Dec 05, 2022 after therapy with Jessica for 3 years and 4 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety
Jessica has been very empathetic to me during my time with her, she always listens well and gives sound advice. I've trusted her with a lot of topics I wouldn't have shared with past therapists because I know she'll always remain nonjudgmental no matter how weird or shameful I think my problems are. I'd especially recommend her to folks on the autism spectrum or who feel that they are socially awkward -- she's very patient and accepting of different communication styles and will adapt her style to best fit yours.
Written on Mar 08, 2022 after therapy with Jessica for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Written on Nov 04, 2021 after therapy with Jessica for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties
I'm glad that I can work with Jessica again. Her guidance helped me tremendously in the past, and I'm sure it will this time as well.
Written on Aug 13, 2020 after therapy with Jessica for 1 year on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, coaching, and compassion fatigue
Jessica is an amazing counselor! She helps me understand my issues and comes up with great ways to solve them. She is very attentive and comforting. Every time I speak with her I feel a little more of my load lifted off my shoulders. In the 2 weeks I’ve been with her she has made me into a more positive and calmer person
Written on Feb 24, 2020 after therapy with Jessica for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and anger management
Jessica is very helpful, kind, and understanding. She knows what she’s talking about and has an excellent memory, which is useful in connecting all the dots for me when I can’t see them all. I look forward to checking in with her regularly.
Written on Oct 10, 2019 after therapy with Jessica for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching