Dr. Gina Delucca, PsyD
Dr. Gina Delucca, PsyD
Lead Therapist | Clinical Manager
Licensed Psychologist #PSY27791
Individual therapy (in-person and virtual)
San Francisco office
- Generalized Anxiety
- Social Anxiety
- Panic Attacks
- Eating Disorders
- Body-Image Issues
- Bariatric Surgery
- Behavior Change / Healthy Habit Formation
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Imposter Syndrome
- Stress Management
- Work-Life Balance
- Life Transitions
- Personal Growth
- Self-Exploration / Identity Development
- Relationship Issues
- Psychological Effects of Medical Illness
- Grief and Bereavement
- Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, DePaul University in Chicago
- Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
- Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Concentration in Health Psychology
- Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Specialist (CCBTS)
- Professional Program in Eating and Weight Disorders at UC Berkeley Extension
- Fellowship in Health Psychology at California Pacific Medical Center
- Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention
- American Psychological Association (APA)
- California Psychological Association (CPA)
- San Francisco Psychological Association (SFPA)
WHO I WORK WITH
People from all walks of life come to therapy for a variety of reasons: they want to change something, better understand themselves, have an emotional outlet, obtain perspective from someone who can remain non-judgmental and objective, clarify what they want and what is most important to them, obtain assistance in making a difficult decision, better manage stress or other psychological symptoms, or improve their self-perception or outlook on life. Client who typically feel drawn to work with me specifically tend to prefer a more action-oriented and present-focused approach to therapy. While developing insight and self-understanding in therapy can be very powerful by itself, I like to try to empower my clients to use their insight to create concrete change in their lives. I also like working with clients who are interested in setting goals and doing homework assignments between sessions.
My therapeutic style is integrative and draws upon techniques from a variety of approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), motivational interviewing (MI), psychodynamic therapy, and person-centered therapy. I aim to tailor my approach to best meet your individual needs and preferences.
Above anything else, I believe that the connection between therapist and client is the most powerful tool for change and healing. Through the therapeutic relationship, I strive to provide a safe, compassionate, and accepting space where you can openly express yourself, process your thoughts and emotions, and explore the underlying issues that may be causing and maintaining your current struggles. As your therapist, I will help you identify realistic goals, encourage introspection, emphasize and build upon your strengths, build self-awareness, promote self-compassion, and provide honest yet gentle feedback. My style is warm, empathetic, authentic, interactive, collaborative, and sometimes humorous. I also tend to be action-oriented, and when relevant, I encourage the use of homework and goal-setting in between sessions.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from DePaul University in Chicago and my Master of Arts and Doctor of Psychology degrees in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. While in graduate school, I gained valuable experience working in community counseling centers and a residential treatment center for eating disorders.
I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to complete my pre-doctoral internship at the San Mateo Medical Center, where I provided both outpatient and inpatient mental health services. After earning my doctorate, I completed a year-long fellowship in the Health Psychology Program at California Pacific Medical Center, which focused on the delivery of integrated psychological services to patients coping with a variety of medical conditions. I then worked as a primary therapist at a holistic eating disorder treatment program in San Francisco. Altogether, I have experience conducting individual therapy, group therapy, educational programs, consultations, psychological assessment and testing, pre-surgical evaluations, and crisis intervention. I have been a part of Wellspace since 2016.
Why I love this work
Humans beings have always fascinated me. I love trying to understand why people think, feel, and behave the way they do. My curiosity and desire to learn more brought me into the field of psychology and carried me through my doctoral education and training. One of the best things about this work is that I can still continue to learn. I am almost always seeking some type of continuing education on the side, and I am constantly learning even more from my clients. The main reason I love this work is because of my clients: they amaze me! I have seen incredible resilience, remarkable progress, impressive self-awareness, and inspiring courage and vulnerability. My clients make me a better therapist and human every day.
A bit more about me…
I strive to live a life that is exciting and meaningful, with an even balance between hard-work and fun. I grew up in Iowa and life has taken me to Chicago, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area. I enjoy traveling, hiking, camping, running, cooking, taking photos, decorating, hand lettering, and exploring this beautiful city. I find nature, laughter, dance, art, yoga, and connecting with others to be therapeutic. I am also an animal-lover, a life-long learner, and a Midwesterner at heart.