"WHEN YOU KNOW HOW YOU FEEL, YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WANT. WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WANT, YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE."
MARY S. ZIADEH, LMFT #111120
Owner & Psychotherapist
I am a seeker of truth. Over the course of my life, I have learned the value of following my heart & trusting my intuition. I value integrity & humility, & embody these qualities as the source of my authority. I consider it my privilege to have the opportunity to work as a healer, & specifically as a psychotherapist. I have a unique combination of education, training, & intuitive abilities that I draw upon in my work with my clients. I am passionate about supporting others on their journeys towards self-actualization & fulfillment. My intention is to assist you in becoming who you were born to be. Marianne Williamson said, "Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." As a psychotherapist, I support you in your unique process to manifest change, empowerment, & healing. I hold you in sacred space, & accompany you in your exploration of yourself to help you achieve the outcome that you seek. This may be clarity, peace, resolution, or tangible coping skills. We work together to determine your goals, & to help you achieve the change you desire. I implement an eclectic therapeutic approach that draws upon person-centered therapy, psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, & Brainspotting. I am also a certified Shamanic Practioner & reflect the spiritual elements of your experience in your healing journey to the extent that you choose.
I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of California. I earned my undergraduate degree in psychology from UCLA, & my Master of Arts degree in counseling from Saint Mary's College of California. Since 2007, I have worked with children, adolescents and adults as a clinician in public school settings & private practice. I have also worked as adjunct faculty with graduate students in the Counseling Department of the Kalmanovitz School of Education at Saint Mary's College of California, & served on the Advisory Board to the Counseling Department. I am a member of CAMFT & AAMFT. I am a certified Brainspotting practitioner. I completed the Shamanic Certification course at HCH in Lafayette under the guidance of Greg "Wilder" Harper in 2012.
TAWNY CHESTNUT, AMFT #128205
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist
I believe that trust begins within ourselves & deepens in every moment where we allow our truth to be acknowledged, seen & valued. My most important goal during your treatment is to provide a trustworthy emotional space to allow for you to grow into the person that brings you the most joy. Mental health treatment is not always a linear process & our time together will show you that every movement, whether it feels forwards or backwards, is ultimately vital to your unique and beautiful process towards wellness. I will provide you with person-centered, solution-focused, & strengths-based coping and interpersonal tools, & mindfulness training that allow you to function in your inner and outer world most effectively.
If you are seeking treatment for your child &/or family, for any of life’s obstacles, I can help. I call upon my vast experience in school-settings & with families to effectively transform perceived challenges into learning experiences for your child & those around them. I employ solution-focused, family systems, & cognitive behavioral support to foster your child’s success in school and in life. I am also a trained Brainspotting practitioner.
I completed my undergraduate degree as an aspiring classroom teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in English Education. I began to realize that my students needed more than achievement & higher test scores - they needed a holistic approach that took into consideration their unique circumstances. I completed my master’s degree in Counseling at Saint Mary’s College of California with a specialization in School Counseling to see if my work could reach their lives in a more meaningful way. After years of working as a credentialed School Counselor, I sought to deepen my understanding & ability to help people & pursued a second specialization in Marriage & Family Therapy. Currently, as your therapist, I utilize my experience, skills, & knowledge to support you through all of life’s challenging seasons. Our work will help to see these challenges through a different lens that promotes admiration & gratitude for the life in front of you & the possibilities that await you. I cannot wait to meet you.