Jessica  Slavin Connelly

Jessica Slavin Connelly

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Not accepting new clients in Cambridge practice (updated May 16, 2020)

Not accepting new clients in Melrose practice (updated May 16, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Work and career counseling
  • Stress and anger management
  • Communication issues
  • Conflict resolution
  • ADHD coaching
  • Issues concerning food, body image, and eating disorders
  • Romantic relationship issues
  • Couples counseling
  • Family and work relationship issues
  • Professional coaching
  • Health coaching

Professional statement

Jessica Slavin Connelly is a therapist with offices near Davis Square in Cambridge, MA and in Melrose, MA. As an alumna of the Post-Graduate Behavioral Health Fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Tufts University, she is dedicated to helping local students and professionals navigate life transitions.

Jessica has expertise in anxiety, career satisfaction, stress management, depression, relationship challenges, couples counseling, body image and eating concerns, and family crises. Jessica sees many highly motivated students and professionals in high-stress careers, and provides support around stress and anger management, communication, conflict resolution, and social anxiety. She also works with entrepreneurs, and focuses on building skills to navigate the stresses of pitching, building a team, and managing a business.

Jessica has advanced training in skills-based therapy techniques, including client-centered mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectic behavioral therapy, and mindfulness-based stress reduction. She combines this with insight-oriented theories to help clients reclaim a sense of choice and authorship in their lives, and strives to ensure her clients have a comforting, meaningful, and effective therapeutic experience that gets to the heart of their core concerns. She creates a safe, judgement-free space where clients can be their authentic selves, while also developing concrete strategies to ensure clients make progress towards their therapy goals.

Message to clients

Hi, thanks so much for taking an interest in my practice. It takes great courage and awareness to make the decision to reach out for support. Many of us have times in our lives when we find ourselves held back by the 'silent conversation' that we have with ourselves throughout the day. By understanding the origins of this self talk and how it influences our thoughts, feelings, and actions, it is possible to adapt it to feel a greater sense of empowerment, agency, motivation, and peace in life.
My background includes nearly 20 years in clinical health care, school, and community settings working therapeutically with individuals, couples, and groups on a wide-range of issues causing acute and chronic distress. I look forward to hearing from you to answer any questions you might have.


Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks

Depression - Chronic and situational depression

Work and career counseling - For college students, recent graduates, professionals, and midlife transitions

Stress and anger management - Developing skills to manage stress and anger and their impact on personal and work relationships

Communication issues - Building tools to communicate and reflect true intentions and reach more productive resolutions within romantic, family, and work relationships

Conflict resolution - Building strategies to mediate and cope with various conflicts that arise in everyday life

ADHD coaching - Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure

Issues concerning food, body image, and eating disorders - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating

Romantic relationship issues - Managing the personal and interpersonal aspects of romantic relationship challenges

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Family and work relationship issues - Addressing challenges with family members, coworkers, bosses, etc.

Professional coaching - Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying goals and steps to building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance

Health coaching - Support around various aspects of physical and mental health

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $80 - $150
  • Couples sessions: $225 (60min)

Therapist's note

Jessica offers in-person consultation appointments to give you the space to decide if working with her is right for you.

Clients wishing to utilize their insurance should seek prior insurance approval and confirmation of benefits prior to scheduling an initial meeting.

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


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Cambridge practice

2464 Massachusetts Avenue


Cambridge, MA 02140

  • Mon 2:00pm-9:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-3:00pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 8:00am-3:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-3:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun 9:00am-12:00pm

Melrose practice

1 East Foster Street

Melrose, MA 02176

  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 8:30am-8:00pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2010 - Present

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates/Harvard Medical School, Postgraduate Behavioral Fellowship, 2007 - 2009

Private Practice, Psychoeducational Learning Specialist, Coach, and Educator, 2001 - Present

Portland State University, MA, Clinical Social Work, 2000

Tufts University, Bachelors, Clinical Psychology and Community Health, 1994


  • English