I provide online video-based therapy for adults who are seeking a respectful, collaborative space to explore their inner experiences. My strengths lie in my attentive witnessing to emotion and body as pathways to unlocking each person’s innate ability to heal themselves, access authenticity, and achieve goals to build towards their vision of a meaningful life. The language of depression, anxiety, trauma, OCD, neurodiversity and more may be helpful in addressing day to day challenges or symptoms, though I also see each person as a complex whole of self, relationships, and culture. Whatever brings you to therapy, you are welcome.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Do you want things to be different, but struggle with finding the motivation to make changes? Do you have a support system that wants to support you, but they are struggling to understand what you need?
Wherever you are in your journey, together, we can explore what is contributing to feeling stuck and empower you to make the life changes you desire. My hope is to create a therapeutic relationship, in which clients feel seen, heard, and valued. I will provide a safe space where you can reflect on who you are, who you want to be, and how you show up in your relationships with others.
My therapeutic lens is client-centered, trauma-informed, and strength-based. I have experience working in school based mental health and community mental health. Meeting clients where they are is a value I hold with high regard. My focuses include trauma, depression, anxiety, life transitions, exploring family systems and grief.
Let’s work towards increasing your confidence in making decisions to move toward the life you want-free of guilt and shame. Schedule an appointment today to begin moving forward in making the changes you would like to see in your life.
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in working with lawyers and other high-pressure professionals dealing with career and personal issues, as they can be quite intertwined when working in intense environments.
I am interested in working with those of us who struggle with the many various issues that come from working in a high pressured, rigidly structured environment, including career and culture fit, internal and external motivation, the fine line between effective and ineffective anxiety, and managing interpersonal dynamics in the workplace and in your personal life. Any underlying relational and interpersonal issues we may have can be highlighted and exacerbated in a high-pressured working environment. And, despite our best efforts, it is all too easy to bring those issues home and allow them to permeate our personal lives.
As a patent litigator and software engineer, I have personally experienced the stress of trying to reach for success while navigating several layers of cultural expectations. Many people come away from these kinds of careers with the sense that career success and personal happiness and fulfillment are necessarily incompatible. When I was immersed in these worlds myself, I saw so many ways in which even just a bit of awareness and skills-building could have positively impacted so many experiences and I realized I am most interested in finding ways in which I can teach those skills and help people at all levels of an organization live happier and more successful lives.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about fees and scheduling.
Join William Ma and Christhmus Presence for pay-as-you-may virtual group therapy. Sessions start 8/24. Late enrollment closes 9/7.
Sessions are 90 minutes and will be held once a week over the course of 10 weeks. Group capacity is 8-10 people and open to those 21 and up.
About Will (he/him/his):
Will (William Ma) is Bay Area born and raised, with a combination of Chinese (by way of Taiwan) and white ancestors. Significant therapeutic influences include Relational therapy, somatics, feminist psychology, as well as existential and transpersonal therapy. He is certified in Internal Family Systems and Brainspotting therapeutic modalities, and can answer questions such as “what even is that”, sometimes at great length. He is nourished by reading, doing ancestral work, spending time under the water and walking in the forest.
He has been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 2016. (LMFT #96148)
About Christhmus (pronoun at your pleasure):
Christhmus Presence (Chris Chu) will be facilitating all groups above, and is a 3.5-generation Muwekma Ohlone (San Francisco) land-settler, and Chinese-American Queer by Ancestors’ way of Guangdong, China. Pillars that guide them are liberation psychology, narrative psychology, somatic psychology, trauma-informed therapy, spirituality, and expressive arts. Tools held in support of self-resourcing, clarity, and ancestral connectivity include meditation, Tapping, and Brainspotting. They enjoy plants, creative expression, the power of community, and being in water.
Registered Associate MFT #125037 through The Center for Mindful Psychotherapy, supervised by Shawana Booker LCSW #29165