Jessica earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Connecticut and her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University with a clinical focus on Health, Mental Health and Disabilities. Jessica also holds a certification in Health and Life Coaching and is now Revive’s HR Director!
Meet our Provider of the Month!
Our September Provider of the Month is Jessica Cunningham, LCSW. Since beginning her work at Revive, Jessica has been an integral part of the team and has recently transitioned into the role of Human Resources Director.
Upon announcing this to the team, Amy Albero, Founder of Revive, said, “Jessica’s background, work experience, as well as her commitment to living into Revive’s values and helping others do the same felt like a perfect fit for this role.”
Learn more about Jessica through our recent interview together!
Q: What is your go-to self-care practice?
JC: My go-to self-care practice is always getting in a good sweat. It isn’t necessarily something I can get to every day but when I do, I like to really go for it. I also always make time to catch up with my family. It’s a must for me!
Q: What podcasts are you currently listening to? Feel free to share the non-therapist related ones!
JC: A work related go-to for me is “Light Up The Couch” but a personal favorite is “My Favorite Murder” which is not nearly as dark as it sounds. It’s a mix of true crime and comedy.
Q: When it comes to reading, what’s your favorite genre? What books are on your reading list this Fall?
JC: I am not really tied to a specific genre. I am more a “tell me your favorite book and I’ll read it” kind of person. Up next for me is “Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro which is one of my husband’s favorite books so it came highly recommended.
Q: Now that it’s September and Fall is creeping up on us, what’s something you’re looking forward to with the change of seasons?
JC: I love summer for sure but I also really enjoy the transition into Fall. There is something just so cozy about it. I can’t wait to have a fire on cool evenings and curl up with a book.
Q: What do you like about being a therapist?
JC: There are very few things I don’t like about being a therapist. It is so challenging and yet so rewarding and often leaves me wondering how I got lucky enough to have a role where I get to witness and partner with people on their journeys, whatever they may be. I feel like I am really able to be my truest self in and through this work and that authenticity is something I wouldn’t trade for anything.
Q: What do you like about working at Revive?
JC: Where do I begin? I think the thing I love the most about Revive is my co-workers. There really is something special about this place and the people that make up this community of wellness professionals and I feel so grateful for the people around me that I get to grow with and learn from.
Q: How did your role as HR Director come to be?
JC: I worked in HR for about 5 years prior to joining Revive and really enjoyed the role of partnering with leadership to create/maintain a culture where people felt heard and valued. Revive’s values align so strongly with my own that it just felt right to seek out opportunities to contribute to its wellbeing.
Q: Can you tell us a bit about the role and what excites you most about it?
JC: Yes! The goal of the Human Resources Director is to assist in maintaining a positive company culture and to be a partner in creating a safe work environment. This plays out in a bunch of different ways in my day-to-day work but the part that excites me most is being able to connect with colleagues and provide support to them as people, not just as clinicians. It is rare to find a workplace that aligns so well with personal/professional values and I get excited at the thought of helping keep this great community thriving for all who are a part of it.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you?
JC: I love to cook! In general, but mostly for other people. I really love trying new recipes and being able to make delicious meals for my family and friends. I think it’s one of my love languages.