Jessica  Clifton
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Jessica Clifton


Psychologist, PhD
California, Vermont Accepting Online
Updated February 9, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Infertility counseling
  • Medical professionals' mental health
  • Pregnancy, perinatal, postpartum mental health
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Dr. Jessica Clifton is a clinical health psychologist located in the San Francisco Bay Area. She currently has openings for new patients residing in California (PSY 3347) or Vermont (048.0126352) where she is licensed. Online therapy appointments are available and easily scheduled online to make the process of getting help easier.

Everyone has feelings of emotional ups and downs at some point in their life. Therapy can be helpful when these feelings are too much, too often, or hurt the things and people we value most. Dr. Clifton at Parhelia Wellness provides a safe supportive space combined with strategies shown to help individuals feel better and reach their goals. Dr. Clifton specializes in women's physical and emotional health throughout the lifespan, from starting school, entering the workforce, occupational burnout, reproductive health, parenthood, retirement & next steps.

Message to clients

You are the expert of you. As such, collaboration and trust are key parts to helping you guide treatment to suit your needs. I take an active role as a therapist, providing a non-judgemental safe space and gentle inquiry to explore thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to help you feel better and reach your goals. I welcome adults of all ages, abilities, genders, orientations, ethnicities, and spiritual beliefs to reach out for care.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Infertility counseling - Understanding infertility interventions and solutions; support during decision-making processes; coping with fertility problems and pregnancy loss

Medical professionals' mental health - Support navigating work-related expectations and stress; addressing issues of burnout, hierarchical pressures, and vicarious trauma

Pregnancy, perinatal, postpartum mental health - Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse


  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Jessica Clifton is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $200 (55min)


Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 9a-5p
  • Wed 9a-5p
  • Thu 9a-5p
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Vermont)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 12-8pm
  • Wed 12-8pm
  • Thu 12-8pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 15 years

Parhelia Wellness, Founder & Director, 2022 - Present
Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont, Faculty Scientist, 2019 - 2021
Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont, Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Integrative Behavioral Health), 2017 - 2019
Vermont Psychological Services, Postdoctoral Clinician (Women's Health), 2016 - 2018
Vermont Psychological Services, Predoctoral Clinician & Evaluator, 2012 - 2016
University of Vermont, Graduate Student Instructor, 2010 - 2014
Sexual Health Research Clinic, University of Vermont, Research Manager & Investigator (Sexual Health), 2009 - 2010
Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, UC San Francisco, Staff Research Associate II (Tobacco Cessation), 2009 - 2010
Culture & Emotion Research Lab, San Francisco State University, Research Manager, 2006 - 2008
True to Life Children's Services, Counselor , 2001 - 2005
Sonoma County Department of Health Services, Alcohol & Other Drug Services Counselor I, 2004 - 2004

University of Vermont, PhD, 2016
San Francisco State University, MA, 2008
University of California, Berkeley, BA, 2004


California: 33447

Vermont: 048.0126352