“Pain is important: how we evade it, how we succumb to it, how we deal with it, how we transcend it.” ― Audre Lorde

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Jaryn Gessesse, LMSW


I am a licensed social worker who aims to show up for my clients, wherever and however they are. As a therapist, one of the most important aspects of therapeutic work is making sure the space in which growth happens is safe. I work to create a judgment free zone, where there is room to feel seen and heard in a world that often overlooks many. I have a fluid style where I incorporate a multitude of therapeutic techniques that include a strengths based approach, mindfulness, and multicultural counseling in order to create a therapeutic foundation where clients can unpack problems, process root issues, explore their inner emotions, and build their sense of self.  

I specialize in offering therapy to adolescents and young adults, individuals of color, and queer (LGBTQIA+) clients of all ages. While these are my specialties, I do see clients of other demographics. The clients I often see have concerns around depression, navigating life changing transitions, different anxieties, types of grief, gender and queer identity acceptance, and racial trauma.

I possess both a bachelors and masters degree in social work. I am a graduate of The Catholic University’s School of Social Work where I earned my MSW with a clinical concentration.

While providing therapeutic services full time, I am in the process of getting a certification in trauma-informed care and counseling from the University of Buffalo School of Social Work.

I often say that you should hold yourself with the standard of grace and not perfection. The act of seeking out therapy is the act of showing yourself grace.

Fee for Initial Consultation: $185

Fee for Follow Up Sessions: $160

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Available for in-person and virtual sessions

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