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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.

Jess Gioia, female therapist in Oakland, California

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. I also completed a clinical internship 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 a member of Bay Area Open Minds and am poly, kink and sex work knowledgeable and affirming.