Jessica  Gallo

Jessica Gallo

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
California Accepting Online
Santa Monica, Playa Vista Not Accepting In-person
Updated September 5, 2020

Specialties & Expertise

  • Mindfulness practices
  • Women’s mental health
  • Trauma
  • Pregnancy & postpartum mental health
  • Life transitions
  • Codependency
  • Young adult mental health
  • Conscious parenting
  • Adolescent mental health

Professional statement

Jessica is an attachment-based and trauma informed therapist with more than a decade of experience. She focuses her work on supporting and empowering women, new & expectant moms, and teens through individual therapy, postpartum support/planning, and support circles.  Her approach can be described as holistic, strengths-based, nurturing, warm, and mindful.

Clients working with Jessica experience an engaging, collaborative, resiliency focused, honest and even fun approach to managing life’s messiness. Her sessions offer clients a sanctuary from which to heal and grow. You can expect to have a safe and contained environment to unpack issues, repair emotional wounds, develop practical skills, engage in exploratory processing of patterns, and be connected with helpful resources. Jessica tailors her offerings to your unique needs - incorporating mindfulness, art, cognitive behavioral techniques, humor, as well as, traditional talk therapy approaches.

Her specializations include women’s issues, perinatal mental health, healing from trauma, depression, anxiety, loss, healthy relationships, child development, mindful parenting, and managing major life transitions. She is passionate about empowering individuals from all walks of life to cope, grow, and tap into inner resiliency.

Her practice is rooted in attachment based work.  In a general sense, this means her work is lensed through an awareness that our interpersonal relationships (particularly our early ones) and experiences can shape how we move through our lives and how we function in current relationships.  This also means that an authentic connection and collaboration is part of the treatment. There is a healing power in developing healthy and secure relationships. Holding a safe, empowering, nurturing, contained space within the therapeutic relationship is at the foundation of her practice. She believes that cultural, ethnic, and spiritual background should be honored in the therapeutic process. Jessica identifies as an ally to the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities.

Jessica brings a wealth of dynamic clinical skill and knowledge to serve her clients. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work & Pupil Personnel Services Credential from the University of Southern California with a concentration in Children & Families and sub-concentration in School Social Work. Through her education combined with extensive professional experience she developed an expertise in child and adolescent issues, women’s issues, healthy parenting, and interpersonal trauma work. She felt called to support women with transitioning into motherhood after years of observing the relationship between an emotionally healthy mother and a healthy child, as well as, the transformative experience of becoming a mother herself.

She has provided individual, group, and family therapy and served in leadership positions for mental health organizations. During her career, she has developed and facilitated psychoeducational workshops and support groups for adolescents, parents, professionals. Additionally, she has been invited to guest lecture at her alma mater, The USC School of Social Work, as well as, speak at professional conferences, such as The Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma Conference. Currently, she also offers her services as a primary and group therapist at Resolutions Teen Center.


Message to clients

We don’t heal in isolation. We heal in the context of healthy and safe relationships. Together, we can lighten load that you’ve been carrying and make sense of the messiness of life. In sessions with me, you can expect to be empowered with practical tools, observations, insights and nurturing containment. I will offer a safe, authentic space to unpack issues, repair emotional wounds, develop practical skills, engage in exploratory processing of patterns, and be connected with resources and information. Our work together will empower you to build on your inner strengths and better manage the ever-changing tides of life.

Connecting with a professional therapist can shed light on patterns that may need to shift in order to align with the healthiest version of you. Weekly sessions can offer you a restorative sanctuary from which to heal and grow. The therapeutic process is enlightening, transformative, and can even be fun!

In my practice, I focus on supporting 20-30-somethings, new & expectant mothers, and teens through individual therapy and support circles. Additionally, I offer postpartum planning and support. I specialize in healing from past trauma, perinatal mental health, life transitions, managing dysfunctional family relationships, healthy relationships, grief/loss, child development, depression/anxiety, multicultural family dynamics & mindfulness. I would be honored to be a partner in your path to wellness. If you feel drawn to learn more, let's connect!


Specialties

Mindfulness practices - Integrating present-moment awareness as a tool to allow clients to disengage from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Helping the client to develop the practice of present-moment awareness through non-judgmental observation of the mind and body

Women’s mental health - Expertise in working with adult women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges and promote physical and mental health

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

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

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Codependency - Development of healthy boundaries in relationships; strategies for increasing individual self-esteem and autonomy; coping mechanisms for separation and individuation

Young adult mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression

Conscious parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support

Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional dysregulation




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Jessica Gallo is not in-network with any insurances.

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


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $150 - $200
  • Initial session: $200 (50min)

Therapist's note

Jessica can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Location(s)

Santa Monica practice
1150 Yale Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon TBD
  • Tue TBD
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu TBD
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Playa Vista practice
11949 Jefferson Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90230
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire
  • Tue Please inquire
  • Wed Please inquire
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  • Sun Please inquire

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 TBD
  • Tue TBD
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu TBD
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Master's Degree in Social Work, University of Southern California, 2009
Aviva Family & Children Services, Individual & Group Therapist, 2009-2011
The Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation, Individual & Group Therapist, Workshop Facilitator for teens, parents, and professionals, Clinical & Program Supervisor, 2011 - 2017
Resolutions Treatment Center, Individual & Group Therapist, 2018 - present
Private Practice, 2018 - present


Languages

English

Spanish


Therapy Groups

Jessica  Gallo
Mommy Tribe: The Postpartum Working Mom

Mommy Tribe is a virtual gathering of nurturing and empowering women supporting each other as they transition into motherhood.