My Approach

I believe in the importance of being aware of the present moment, of the constant flow of our thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. Those self-critical thoughts that pop up after a conversation with your mother, that rage you feel when someone makes a bigoted remark, that sinking sensation in your gut when you realize it's time to head to work- this is all information about you. So is the sigh of relief when you speak your mind, the surge of confidence when your contributions are recognized, the warm glow of belonging among your peers. 


I'll help you track your experience during the course of therapy so that this awareness becomes second nature. In observing your reactions to the world around you, you will discover your core self, clarify values and beliefs, and dare to take action and make an impact in a manner unique to you.

My Background

I graduated in 2019 from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) with a Masters in Counseling Psychology. During the course of my program I trained at Church Street Integral Counseling Center, a sliding-scale clinic in SF. In addition to my private practice I currently see clients at St. James Infirmary, a peer-based occupational health and safety clinic for sex workers of all genders.

As a queer therapist I am committed to working with the LGBTQ community. I am also a member of Bay Area Open Minds and am poly, kink and sex work knowledgeable and affirming.

Practicing through the auspices of Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center, a nonprofit organization providing affordable counseling and psychotherapy services to children, teens, couples, families, and groups throughout San Francisco, the East Bay, and Contra Costa County.

© 2021 Jessica Gioia.

Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

AMFT  #114719 

Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center

Supervised by Rawna Romero, LMFT #41466