Jessica Gallo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has provided clinical therapy and supportive services for children, adolescents, and parents for over 12 years in various settings with diverse populations. Her approach is empowering, authentic, nurturing, client-focused, direct, creative, culturally competent, holistic, and strengths-based. She believes in the healing power of developing healthy and secure interpersonal attachments, which informs all aspects of her work. Creating a safe, nurturing, and contained space is at the foundation of her practice. She has found that incorporating creative interventions like art, music, movement, journaling, and mindfulness can enrich the therapeutic process when appropriate. Identifying strengths, building resiliency, exploring and challenging dysfunctional patterns and cognitions, examining the impact of family history, building a support system, and developing healthy coping skills are some things you can expect from her in sessions. Additionally, she aims to ensure that clients leave sessions with practical tools, knowledge, and resources whenever possible.
Jessica brings a wealth of dynamic clinical skill and knowledge to serve Resolutions Teen Center 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 professional experience in non-profit, private practice and school settings, she has developed an expertise in child and adolescent issues, women’s issues, healthy parenting, perinatal mental health, substance use and interpersonal trauma work (in particular child abuse/neglect, domestic violence and sexual assault). Her treatment modality is largely informed by attachment theory and cognitive behavioral models. Additionally, she pulls from her training in psychodynamic, family systems, solution-focused, narrative, and play therapy. Prior to joining the Resolutions team, she served as the Senior Clinical Supervisor and Administrative Program Supervisor for a school-based organization offering clinical and psychoeducational services to teens who had been impacted by violence in their homes or communities, as well as workshops and ancillary services for parents and teachers. During her career, she has developed and facilitated many psychoeducational workshops, trainings, and support groups for adolescents, parents, and teachers. Jessica also guest lectures for professionals, including recent presentations at her alma mater, The USC School of Social Work, as well as The Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma Conference.