This donation-based, weekly event is intended to broaden access to those seeking inner resourcing and psychological healing from an Internal Family Systems (IFS) approach, which is a model that focuses on creating inner harmony. All are welcome who wish to deepen their inner healing.
As a therapist I aim to provide a space that is beautiful, safe, and healing for folks who have few said spaces in the world. I aim to challenge the status quo, -isms, and White Supremacy. I have spent many of my years living and surviving in these oppressive systems that were not created for me or my people. In learning to adapt and “succeed” in these systems that do not appreciate nor nourish my spirit I have transitioned to unapologetically making space for myself and thriving. I found that in being unapologetically me I have no limits to my abilities, dreams, or connections. In my work with clients, I invite them to take the leap of letting go of socially constructed views of how they should be or exist and rather settle into what they desire and what works for them. I believe life can be easy and liberating when we step outside of these oppressive and limiting systems.
I encourage clients to live their best lives unapologetically and ruthlessly. I support clients with addressing trauma, emotional hang-ups, anxiety, depression, as well as celebrating the journey to self-discovery and re-centering.
Since 2017, I have provided a number of specialized therapeutic services to those who identify as BIPOC, Queer, Gender Non Conforming, or Trans dealing with challenging life experiences. My client’s well-being is a priority, and I go above and beyond to support them through their obstacles.
I work with individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations. I help to restore relational balance and authenticity. I provide a healing space that is welcoming to those who hold marginalized identities. My style is direct, collaborative, conversational and affirming. I use a decolonized, social justice oriented lens and focus on race-based trauma and historical trauma. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy.
We help clients discover their true self, build meaningful relationships, and change unhelpful life patterns.
Children and teens spend each day in a social and pressured environment. They can learn, grow, and thrive when they have coping skills, feel empowered, and practice self-care. We encourage youth to learn more about who they are and how to advocate for their unique and personal needs.
The stress of raising children can be intense. Our parent coaching helps remove the barriers keeping you from being the best parent you can be. In addition to individual and family therapy, we support couples as part of helping the family be a more effective unit.
In this group, middle school students (5th-8th grade) will participate in online live process groups, video skill building lessons, creative activities, and individual reflection work. Group members will meet once a week, for 10 weeks, with Toni Ratzburg (Clinical Director of Beacon Wellness Team) and participate in at-home assignments and activities in between each session. Parents will receive a weekly update on the skills learned during the group and suggestions for how to incorporate practice into the home. Google Classroom will be used for independent activities and communication. Journaling, art, movies, music, Ted Talks, and YouTube videos will be included as options for creative independent activities.
The group will focus on:
-Developing the ability to identify, describe, and differentiate feelings;
-Increasing the ability to manage emotions in the moment;
-Decreasing unhealthy coping behaviors;
-Evaluating their beliefs about emotions;
-Increasing self-soothing behaviors;
-Understanding emotional triggers and how to manage them.
6 UNIQUE Black, Indigenous, and/or People-Of-Color (BIPOC) Online Therapy Groups in California Opening This Week
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About Christhmus (pronoun them at your pleasure):
Christhmus Presence will be facilitating all groups above. They are a 3.5-generation Muwekma Ohlone (San Francisco) land-settler and Chinese-American Queer. Pillars that guide them are liberation psychology, narrative psychology, somatic psychology, 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. MFTI/PCCI supervised by Josie Valderrama, License# Psy27913.
*About Lai (pronouns she/her/hers):
Lai Chien is a 0-generation Hong Kong born cisgender Chinese-Vietnamese American by way of North Carolina, Georgia, and finally landing in the east bay of Oakland/Alameda.
She is a harm-reduction focused, strength-based, and change-oriented therapist utilizing narrative psychology, motivational interviewing and DBT concepts such as radical acceptance to empower growth and promote well-being. She can be found tending to her aquariums, cooking and/or eating, days at the beach and planning the next camping trip.
AMFT #98435 supervised by Sandra Stultz, LMFT #43047 of Sankofa Holistic Counseling Services www.sankofatherapy.com
**About Annie (she/her pronouns):
Annie Chen is a marriage family therapist who has been helping people have better relationships with one another and themselves for over ten years. She is the author of a book on attachment theory and uses tools that are informed by neuroscience, trauma, and somatic psychology. She worked as a therapist for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Youth and Family Services Bureau from 2011-2014 and is interested in supporting those at the forefront of reforming law enforcement culture for the benefit of all. CA License# 80025
Certified Life & Wellness Coach
I’ve helped my clients envision what’s possible for their lives while doing deep transformative work. I have experienced first hand what it is like to be in a place of transition, where one feels stuck, misunderstood and lost. My goal with my clients is to support them and empower them to live a life that is authentic and aligned to their core values. Together we can explore and create a roadmap designed for their unique journey. Which will result in a happier, healthier, more meaningful life.
In addition to my passion for transforming lives, I have extensive experience within the corporate realm and was given the opportunity to work closely with C-level executives to support different teams in creating wellness for employees. I currently hold a degree in International Relations with a minor in Human Sexuality. Furthermore, I am now a certified coach who is in love with the path I have created for myself and fully committed to achieving a happier and healthier life.
You can find me spending quality time with my husband, friends and family, meditating, dancing my heart out, relaxing and/or connecting with nature. I also spend a great deal of time delving into my personal and professional development. Most importantly, I am an advocate for loving and investing in myself.