Jessica Tucker, LCSW
Jessica Tucker, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Individual Therapy with Teens and Adults
1st & 2nd generation immigrant dynamics particularly in the Latino community
Grief & Loss
Intergenerational Parent-Child Relationship Issues
BA Psychology, University of California, Davis
Master of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach
50 minute in-person sessions are available at the San Jose and Newark locations.
All appointments must be scheduled in advance.
San Jose Office
My work is with young people; teens, transitional aged youth, and millenials. My clients are often from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, intelligent, creative, ambitious individuals who have been feeling overwhelmed, stuck or unfulfilled. Perhaps, they are experiencing a life transition that is impacting their day to day functioning, stress, or sense of identity. Managing the overwhelming thoughts & emotions that can arise from a life transition can be challenging. Without the skills, our reactions & responses can often create greater barriers to our personal & emotional growth. Whether it be overcoming a recent traumatic experience, grieving a recent loss, recovering from a breakup, becoming a parent, starting a new career, or adjusting to a new city. Let’s navigate it together.
My approach is both compassionate and direct. This work is collaborative and I hold my clients accountable to be honest, trustworthy, and loving towards themselves and others throughout the process. I relentlessly promote self empowerment and self compassion. We will explore the dynamics between your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in order to build concrete skills to managing stress, establishing boundaries and building resiliency. I also believe that it is important to explore the ways in which upbringing and environment impact an individual’s quality of life. It is this deep awareness of self, that if established, can lead to a more mindful and intentional way of life. My role is to guide, teach and support you in order to adapt, move forward, and live your best life.
WHY I LOVE THIS WORK
I love this work because I love witnessing people transform in ways they had not imagined possible. I have found that people indeed have a profound courage to love, to heal, and to thrive despite challenges along life's journey. It has been beautiful and fulfilling to witness. Moreover, I believe that the increased self-compassion and awareness has a trickle affect for the communities we live in. If you are living in joy and fulfillment than that is being shared with your families and at work. It is spreading. I love the idea that I may be contributing to the world in this small but significant way.
WHAT I WANT FOR YOU
My hopes are that throughout this process you will discover your potential and cultivate self-compassion. These are the ingredients for resilience and courage. I want you to be able to take what you have learned in therapy and apply it to deepening the connection you have within your relationships with friends, family and work. I want to hear that you are growing, thriving, and living your best life.
MY SPECIALTIES, BACKGROUND, AND PERSONAL INTERESTS
I feel tremendously grateful to the varied opportunities and experiences I have had throughout my career. From community-based and crisis clinics, to college counseling centers and private practice. The populations I have served have been diverse in age, gender, ethnicity, culture and socioeconomic backgrounds. All of my work has been driven by my passion for social justice and strengthening of communities. My foundational clinical training focused on utilizing evidence based practices to treat a variety of mental health and behavioral concerns. I worked for several years with women and children in settings focused on processing and healing from trauma. It is through these organizations that I was able to explore mindfulness-based and expressive arts interventions, skills that I appreciate and continue to cultivate. Knowledge in these types of interventions have expanded my connection with young people and created room for creativity in my clinical work.
Outside of work, I engage frequently with art, food, and adventure. I’m a native Californian. I was born and raised in Los Angeles. A city girl who loves to be immersed in nature. I identify as Latinx and my pronouns are she/her. I paint and write whenever inspired. Dining is my favorite way to socialize. Humor and laughter bring me deep joy. I love traveling off the beaten path and swimming far into the ocean. I am a yoga enthusiast, but I appreciate any good cardiovascular activity. I consider myself a self-care guru and love sharing the choices I have made to ensure this title. Lastly, I indulge in curiosity and I look forward to learning more about you.
National Association of Social Workers
EMDR training to be completed July 2019